Yale Junior Organizes Conference to Bring Human Rights into Academic Curriculum

Thanks to the efforts of Yale College junior Justine Kolata, noted human rights activists and scholars from a variety of disciplines will converge on the Yale campus on April 2 to discuss enhancing the role of human rights in the academic curriculum. The event takes place in Room 102 of Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St.

Thanks to the efforts of Yale College junior Justine Kolata, noted human rights activists and scholars from a variety of disciplines will converge on the Yale campus on April 2 to discuss enhancing the role of human rights in the academic curriculum.  The event takes place in Room 102 of Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St.

The 2011 Human Rights in Academia Conference is the first to bring academics and practitioners together to discuss the importance of developing and expanding on existing human rights programs and initiatives within academic institutions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. “The conference will be a forum for debating the place and importance of human rights studies in a global academic context. Advancing the status of human rights studies while generating energy, collaboration, and action is the larger objective of the conference,” says Kolata, a philosophy major who grew up in Bolivia, Cambodia, and France.

Participants will include representatives from Bard College, UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago and Harvard, Columbia, Yale and Cornell universities. Among the participants are James Silk, executive director of The Schell Center for Human Rights at Yale Law School; Charlie Clements, director of The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard; Joanne Mariner, former director of the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program of Human Rights Watch; and William Schulz, former executive director of Amnesty International.

For more information or to register for the free and public event, visit http://humanrightsinacademia.com or email humanrightsinacademia@gmail.com.

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