Human Rights Events Calendar 2002 - Past Events

 


 

Upcoming Events

 

March 1, 2001, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Serbia: A Crisis of Identity. Western media coverage of Serbia in recent years has shown us a region gripped in crisis, often erupting in violent confrontations such as that which led to the NATO bombing campaign in 1999. A Newsweek article described the Serbs as "Europe's outsiders, seasoned haters, raised on self-pity, expert haters." The Serbian people seemed to perpetrate and tolerate a level of violence that Europe had not seen since the holocaust. By the end of the wars, however, little had been done to advance a broader understanding of Serbia and Serbian history or to understand Serbian perspectives. Join the Minnesota International Center as Dr. Tom Emmert, professor of history at Gustavus Adolphus College, offers a view of Serbia and the Serbs, their history, their tragic fate since the mid-1980's, and the prospect for the future after the recent political defeat of Slobodan Milosevic.

 

Dr. Emmert has taught history at Gustavus since 1973. He is the author of Serbian Golgotha: Kosovo, 1389, a study of the battle between the Serbs and the Ottoman Turks and its role in the evolving historical consciousness of the Serbian people. He is currently completing a one-volume History of Serbia for the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Dr. Emmert has been a frequent commentator on MPR and NPR during the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. He holds a B.A. in History from St. Olaf College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Balkan and Eastern European History from Stanford University. Registration and social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Free for MIC members and students (with valid student I.D.); Non-members $5. Advance registration required. To register: complete MIC's online registration form at http://www.micglobe.org/forms/prereg.cfm or call MIC's 24-hour activity line, (612)626-6204.

 

Location: University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus, Thornton Auditorium, 2nd floor, 1000 LaSalle Ave., downtown Minneapolis. This program is cosponsored by the University of St. Thomas' Master of International Management(MIM) program.

 

 

March 1, 2001, 6:00 p.m.

"Under the Volcano." The Minnesota Women's Center on the University of Minnesota campus invites you to an event celebrating Women's History Month. The event will be a benefit for a developing program called Women Encouraging Women. The program will primarily assist low-income women and first generation students to find resources and support to acquire a post-secondary education. The night will be kicked off with the evening's keynote speaker, Dr. Rose Brewer, Associate Professor of the Afro-American Studies department and continue with performances by Proyecto La Plena, who play plena music of Puerto Rico, a fusion of African, Spanish and Indigenous roots; Teatro Latino with Joy Cheverria in the critically acclaimed, "Rosita's Jalapeno Kitchen;" Theater Mu, a combination of Western and Asian Style Drumming: The East Bank Singers, traditional Native American song, drum and dance; Drumheart, a women's drumming group; and Xperimental Theater's Lisa Arnold, a graduate student in Theater program with her program "addendum, ad infinitum." Refreshments will be served.

 

For location details, contact: Minnesota Women's Center, University of Minnesota, 125 Klaeber Court, 320 16th Ave. SE, Minneapolis or email to oracles@tc.umn.edu http://www.umn.edu/mnwomen or call 612-626-8242.

 

 

March 2, 2001, 3:35 pm
"Modernity, the Holocaust, and Machines without History."
Professor Mike Allen from the School of History, Science and Technology of Georgia Institue of Technology will address modernization from the history of technology using the Holocaust as his case study. Refreshments at 3:15 in Physics 216.

Location: University of Minnesota, East Bank Campus, Main Mall, 210 Physics building.
For more information, contact: Barbara Eastwold at 612-624-7069.

 

 

March 3, 2001, 3:00 p.m.
Acid Burnings in Bangladesh, Rape in U.S. Prisons, and More.
A speaking tour to stop the torture of women featuring: Nasreen Huq, women's health project coordinator of the women's activist organization Naripokko, will speak about her work to stop brutal and disfiguring acid violence. Nancy Bothne, the Midwest Regional Director of Amnesty International-USA, will discuss sexual violence in U.S. prisons, including Minnesota, where sexual contact between guards and inmates is still legal. Additional speakers to be announced.

Location: Todos Los Santos Church, Lyndale & 28th Street, Minneapolis. Sponsored by Amnesty International.
For more information, contact: 612-301-3580 or email amnesty@waste.org.

 

 

March 8, 2001

New Literacies for a New Millennium: Forging University/Community Partnerships
This conference will bring together a broad spectrum of faculty and community leaders to consider both traditional and new kinds of literacy skills required by an educated citizenry in the new millenium.  A day of workshops and working meetings will culminate in a keynote speech by Rubin "Hurricane" Carter who, after his wrongful imprisonment, has become an international leader in the field of adult literacy.  The conference will highlight important issues: expanding definitions of literacy; connections between literacy and race, class, and gender; and connections across the University to address these critical issues.

Location: Radisson Hotel Metrodome, 615 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis and Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 S 4th St., Minneapolis.

Sponsors and participating units: AMICUS; African American Learning Resource Center; Africana Student Cultural Center; Center for Advanced Feminist Studies; Center for Interdisciplinatry Study of Writing, Center for Research on Developmental Education and Urban Literacy; Composition Program, English Department; Givens Collection of African American Literature; Human Rights Center; Insight News; The Loft Literary Center; Minnesota Literacy Council, Inc.; Minnesota Writing Project Diversity Task Force; Office of the Associate Vice President for Multicultural and Academic Affairs; Rhetoric; Ronald M. Hubbs Center; SASE: The Write Place; State of Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning; Tucker Center for Girls and Women in Sports; Women's Prison Book Project; Disability Services. 

For more information, contact  Professor Lillian Bridwel-Bowles, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Writing (612-626-7579, e-mail lilbrid@tc.umn.edu. 

March 8, 2001, 6:30 p.m.
"We Will Stand."
There will be a gathering of National and Local Civil Rights and Human Rights Champions. This is the MN event of this 50-State Tour, called "We Will Stand." Participants include Dr. Hycel Taylor, former National Director of Operation PUSH, Billy McCormack, civil rights pioneers Walter Fauntroy, James Bevel, Wyatt T. Walker, and Milton Reid, and theologian Dr. Paul Swanson. Also slated for the program are George Stallings of Washington, DC, Wiley Drake of Los Angeles, CA, T.L. Barrett and Leroy Elliot of Chicago, IL, Jesse Edwards of Philadelphia and David Billings and William Robinson of New York. A number of legislators such as Donzella James (D-GA) and Mark Anderson (R-AR) will also participate. Local heros include Jesse Griffin, Charles Ford, Eugene Wright, Kenneth Garnier, Jerry McAfee, Alphonse Reff, Arthur Agnew, James Muhammad, John Tranberg and Adam Nhotsavang. "The community must take a leading role in making a better reality for all our citizens. Divided by race and religion, we lack the power to stop the ...suffering in our communities." Grassroots champions of reconciliation and harmony will be honored in each city. With an invitational committee including hundreds of religious, educational and legislative leaders, the tour enjoys broad support.

Location: The Minnesota event is being hosted by the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 Fremont Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN.

For more information, email James L. Bard at bardx003@tc.umn.edu.

 

March 10, 2001, 9:00am-4:30pm

Symposium on Armenian History, Culture and the impact of the Armenian Genocide.  A symposium for teachers and the general public: "Armenia and Armenians: 10,000 Years of History in One Day."  Free workshop for teachers and would carry 3 CEU's for those who attend.  Presentation includes discussion of the Armenian Genocide.  Pre-registration required.  Please RSVP.

Location: 2620 Moos Tower, 515 Delaware Street SE, East Bank Campus.          

Parking available in Washington Avenue Ramp.

Sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota, The Armen and Bersabe Jerejian Foundation and Diocesan Armenian Language Lab and Resource Center, New York (ALLARC). 

For more information, contact Nairy Digris at 651-639-9346 or the Center for Holocause and Genocide Studies at 612-624-0256. See website for more information: http://chgs.hispeed.com/Educational_Resources/Events/events.html

March 10, 2001, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m
The True Cost of Energy
. Xcel Energy buys more than 10 percent of its energy from Manitoba Hydro, a state-owned and -regulated subsidiary of the Canadian province of Manitoba. This hydroelectricity is generated by nine dams and reservoirs that have forever altered millions of acres of fragile boreal forest and more than 3,000 miles of lake and river shoreline, and devastated the subsistence communities of five Cree nations. A 1977 agreement with the Cree, which promised to mitigate the environmental and social damages and support economic development in the area, has not been realized. Medora Woods, who traveled to Manitoba and met with the Pimicikamak Cree, shows slides that document the destruction. Joining her are Nikki LaSorella and Penny Scheffler. They address how we, as energy consumers, can support indigenous people and the environment. $4 ($3 members). Free refills on fair-trade coffee.

Location: Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis
For more information, contact kristip@americas.org, 612-276-0788 ext. 23, or visit www.americas.org. For a half-hour before and after each coffeehour, join the Resource Center for an activist letter-writing effort with Resource Center-supplied ideas, background, addresses, and envelopes.

March 12, 2001, 12:15 p.m.
Address by Bennett Freeman on corporations and human rights.
International economic integration brings ethical as well as economic challenges. American companies that seek out lower labor costs and expanding markets in the developing world come face to face with oppressive government practices including corruption, suppression of political participation, and discrimination on the base of race, ethnicity or gender. Corporations themselves have been criticized for wages that are too low, for working conditions that are abusive and even for turning a blind eye to the human rights issues that face their workers. What responsibilities do transnational corporations have to ensure that basic human rights of their workers and the communities in which they operate? Are voluntary codes of conduct enough or should governments and international organizations set stricter standards to guide corporate actions? How would such standards be enforced? Bennett Freeman served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from April 1999 until January 2001. His responsibilities focused on conducting bilateral diplomacy on behalf of human rights and democracy around the world, as well as on promoting global corporate responsibility and labor rights. Mr. Freeman previously served as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agriculture Affairs from May 1997 to March 1999. Mr. Freeman worked with the Under Secretary to direct the State Department's diplomatic strategy and historical research addressing the unfinished business of the Holocaust. Beginning in 1993, Bennett Freeman served four years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Chief Speechwriter for Secretary of State Warren Christopher. Before joining the Clinton Administration, Mr. Freeman spent eight years with the General Electric Company working for both the Corporate Headquarters and the Government Relations office.

Location: Room 55, U of MN Law School, 229 19th Ave. South, Minneapolis.

Sponsored by Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, the Human Rights Center, Amnesty International-Legal Support Network.

March 12, 2001, 6:20pm
Center for Scandinavian Studies and Center for Holocaust: Guest Lecture by Gunnar Sonsteby

Sonsteby was the Number 2 Norwegian spy against Nazi Germany during the occupation of WWII and was involved in the rescue of Norwegian Jews into Sweden, which prompted eventually a change in Swedish policy. Sonsteby will speak for the first part of the "History of the Holocaust" class.

Location: Physics Building on the Main mall, East Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota.

The event is free and open to the public.

 

March 12, 2001, 5:00-7:00p.m.
"Bearing Witness: Volunteerism in the Face of Today's Refugee Crisis."
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights joins with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate organization Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders for a panel discussion and reception on volunteerism in the face of today's refugee crisis. Panelists include Dr. Morten Rostrup, International President of Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders; Hawa Kamara, Liberian refugee and Field Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator for MSF-USA; and Lynn Thomas, Executive Director of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. The panel discussion will be moderated by Douglas Johnson, Executive Director of the Center for Victims of Torture. The panelists will discuss the current state of refugees around the world and as they build new lives in Minnesota, as well as the impact volunteers play in assisting refugees both locally and internationally.

Location: Law Firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, 28th Floor Conference Center, 800 LaSalle Avenue, downtown Minneapolis

This event is free and open to the public.

 

March 13, 2001
Frontiers of Change: Navigating the Human Genome Map. 
This conference will engage both the public and scientific community in a dialogue about the scope, breadth, benefits of and concerns related to human and animal genomics.  It will: highlight the University's investment and its intent to implement genomics research and education; engage the opinions of industry and community representatives; broaden University-wide interactions around these issues; enhance understanding of the public and scientific perspectives on these critical issues.

Location: McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota Gateway, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis.

Sponsors and participating units: Academic Health Center, Medical School, Colleges of Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, Microbiology, Center for Bioethics, Law, Biomedical Genomics Center, Cancer Center, Medicine - Duluth, Office of the Vice President for Research

For more information, contact: Regents Professor Ashley Haase, Head, Microbiology at 612-624-4442.

 

 

March 14, 2001, 12:15p.m.
Universalism and Cultural Relativism in the Context of Child Labor. University of MN Professors Vinay Gidwani (anthropology), Deborah Levison (Hubert H. Humphrey Institute). And Karen Brown Thompson (Institute for Global Studies) will discuss the human rights aspects of universalism and cultural relativism in the context of child labor. Free.

Location: University of Minnesota Law School, Room 50, 229 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis.
Sponsored by: Institute for Global Studies and Amnesty International Legal Support Network.
For more information, contact Rosalyn Park at park0494@tc.umn.edu.

 

March 14 - April 15

Spinning into Butter. This searching new play, set in a small Vermont college, explores the edgy issue of racism and political correctness with fresh vitality and exposes the unexpected places that racial conflict hides.

Location: Park Square Theater, 20 West Seventh Place, St. Paul

For more information, contact the Box office: 651-291-7005

 

March 16, 2001, 9:00am-5:00pm
Global Norms: Critical View on their Diffusion and Practice.
Two academics plus two local NGO and/or global governance practitioners.  Panel, breakout group discussion in morning, same in afternoon with end wrap-up session.

Location: 1114, 1109 Social Science Tower, University of MN, 267 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis. 

 



March 17, 2001, 10am-11:30am

Community Organizing in Northeastern Brazil.  Popular movements inspired by the likes of Dom Helder Camara, professor Paulo Freire, and the political scientist Josué de Castro have risen amidst the mangroves, slums and streets of Recife since the late 1950s. Following 25 years of military rule, the past decade has been one in which social and cultural movements throughout Brazil have re-discovered the fundamental importance of affirming the rich and diverse cultural heritage as an invaluable instrument towards establishing positive and combative grass roots organizational strategies. Dan Chaves Aamot, a free-lance social entrepreneur and visual anthropologist, has actively participated both in the life of community organizations and the politicized artistic community in Recife during the last sixteen years. He shares his slides, impressions and experiences regarding the fundamental role of a people’s cultural and artistic heritage in the process of building effective community identity and organization.  $4 ($3 for members).

Location: Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis.

For more information or to give suggestions for speakers, contact Kristi Papenfuss, 612-276-0788, (ext. 23). For a half-hour before and after each coffeehour, join us for an activist letter-writing effort with Resource Center–supplied ideas, background, addresses, and envelopes.

March 17, 2001, 12:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Global Reach Out for Women.
GROW holds a training and action planning session for participants to develop a clear understanding of how U.S. international development programs and trade-investment policies affect women in developing countries and to develop working relationships and action plans for local public-education campaigns. Participants include Minnesota individuals and organizations who can dedicate time and effort to a grassroots campaign to influence public policy and public opinion on behalf of women's needs globally.

Location: Oscar Romero Room, Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave. Minneapolis.

For more information, call 202-637-6204, 202-884-8396, or visit www.partners.net, www.womensedge.org

March 23, 2001

Transnationalism: Then and Now.  A lecture given by Dr. Nancy Foner, Professor of Anthropology from SUNY-Purchase.

Sponsored by Race, Ethnicity, and Migration. 

For more information, contact 612-625-4800 or email to rem@tc.umn.edu.

March 23, 2001, 2:30 p.m.

"Good News About Injustice: Hope for Women Caught in the International Sex Trade". Gary Haugen, President of the International Justice Commission and recently featured on Oprah and 60 Minutes, as well as in Christianity Today magazine. With a J.D. from the University of Chicago, Gary Haugen led the UN's genocide investigation in Rwanda. He has worked for the US Department of Justice in its Civil Rights Division, and before that for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. He has authored "Good News About Injustice". The work of International Justice Commission, an international human rights agency that provides hands-on field response to cases of human rights abuses reported by faith-based agencies, has recently been featured on "60 Minutes" and "Oprah". the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights will also offer the book "Trafficking in Women: Moldova and Ukraine (2000)" for $10.00 This report documents the trafficking of women for the commercial sex industry as a human rights violation in both Moldova and Ukraine. The report analyzes the mechanisms of trafficking in both countries and the NGO and governmental response to the problem, including information on Moldovan and Ukrainian law. The report also addresses the obligations of the Moldovan and Ukrainian governments under international law.

Sponsored by Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights and the Maclaurin Institute

Location: 331 17th Av SE, Minneapolis; parking ramp across the street

For more Information, call: 612-378-1935

March 23, 2001, 7:00 p.m.
"Rwanda Revisited: A Christian Response to Genocide." Gary Haugen, President of the International Justice Commission and recently featured on Oprah and 60 Minutes, as well as in Christianity Today magazine. With a J.D. from the University of Chicago, Gary Haugen led the UN's genocide investigation in Rwanda. He has worked for the US Department of Justice in its Civil Rights Division, and before that for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. He has authored "Good News About Injustice". The work of International Justice Commission, an international human rights agency that provides hands-on field response to cases of human rights abuses reported by faith-based agencies, has recently been featured on "60 Minutes" and "Oprah".

 

Sponsored by the Maclaurin Institute and Christ Presbyterian Church

 

Location: Christ Presbyterian Church of Edina (Hwy 100 and 70th St)

 

For more Information, call: 612-378-1935

 


March 24, 2001

"Lessons learned from the LA riots of 1992." Professor of ethnic studies at UC-Riverside will be speaking about lessons learned from the LA Riots of 1992 that are applicable to other urban areas, and other communities of color. More details TBA.

March 31, 2001(8p.m.) - April 1, 2001(2p.m.)
"Punch Me in the Stomach."
The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company will present the regional premiere of "PUNCH ME IN THE STOMACH," a one woman play by Deb Filler. Filler, a child of Holocaust survivors, plays 36 characters in her family, including her father, who survived Auschwitz. The idea of humor and the Holocaust may strike some as offensive, but this show is not. CHGS has a video copy of it in its collection Dates: Saturday, March 31 8PM Sunday, April 1 2PM. Tickets $20.

Location: Hillcrest Center 1978 Ford Parkway Highland Park St. Paul, MN.

For more information, call: 651-647-4315

April 1, 2001, 7 p.m.
"The Inextinguishable Symphony": talk by author Martin Goldsmith.
National Public Radio Senior Commentator Martin Goldmith says he owes his life to an Orchestra that disappeared long before he was born. During the 1930s in Germany the Kulturbund orchestra, staffed entirely by Jewish musicians, was used as a Nazi propaganda weapon. Goldsmith tells the story of the Kulturbund in his book The Inextinguishable Symphony. He told Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Crann it is part of the very personal story of his family. Until recently, he didn't even realize how his parents met. And they almost didn't. His father, a flutist, was within days of fleeing the country. Martin Goldsmith is a familiar name to NPR's Performance Today audience. The senior commentator is best known for his eloquence in communicating the language of music. But Goldsmith has now written his family's poignant story, telling how music communicates, even above the loudest hatred.

The talk is sponsored by the Dr. Jeffrey Weingarten Memorial Fund for Holocaust Education.

Location: St Paul Jewish Community Center, 1375 St. Paul Avenue St. Paul, MN 55116
For more information, call 651-698-0751.

April 5, 2001, 7:00p.m.
"No More Rwandas."
A survivor of the Rwandan genocide, Alphonse Nkunzimana
is a Rwandan national living in the United States who will be speaking about the genocide. Nkunnzimana has worked for the Rwanda Association for the Protection of Human Rights (ARDHO), the United Nations Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda, and with Human Rights Watch. He is on the Board of directors of the World Federalist Association in Pittsburgh and serves on the national campaign to End Genocide Task Force. He is currently writing about reconciliation in Rwanda after the 1994 Genocide. The event is open to the public.

Location: University of Minnesota Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Auditorium

April 6, 2001, 3:30pm
"Tracing the Origins of Human Rights."
Lecture given by Professor Lynn Hunt of the Department of History, UCLA. This lecture is part of the Humanities Institute's speakers series "Critical Issues in the Art and Humanities".

This event is sponsored by The Humanities Institute.

Location: Room 1-149, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

For more information contact The Humanities Institute: 624-7032 or umhi@umn.edu

April 7 & 21, 2001
The Diary of Anne Frank.  Unwelcome in their own country after Hitler seized power, the Frank family moved to Holland, only to find that the danger had followed them.  From 1942 till 1945, the Frank and the Van Daan families lived hidden in the top of an Amsterdam warehouse.  Before her tiny voice was silenced by Nazi jackboots the young Anne Frank recorded a story both universal and intensely personal in her precocious, funny, and insightful diary.  Goodrich and Hackett's play allows Anne's story to unfold with simplicity and grace, a story of courage and tenacity under repression, and of the endurance of the human spirit.

Location: Park Square Theater 20, West Seventh Place, St. Paul

For more information, contact the Box office: 651-291-7005

April 9, 2001
Idealist.org Nonprofit Career Fair.
This career fair includes: a reception for nonprofit recruiters and representatives from local college and university Offices of Career Services, the fair itself, where job seekers can distribute resumes and speak with organizational representatives about current and future employment and internship opportunities, and a series of workshops for job seekers. Free for jobseekers. Location: Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, 301 Nineteenth Avenue South, Minneapolis. Sponsored by the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, MAP-the Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits, The University of Minnesota School of Public Health.


For more information and registration, visit http://www.idealist.org/ip/cfAllFairs?MODULE=CAREER_FAIR

April 10, 2001, 7:00 p.m.
EAST TIMOR: Independence without justice?
When East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia in August 1999, the departing Indonesian military killed thousands, raped hundreds, forced three-quarters of the population from their homes, and destroyed 70% of all buildings. Today, as East Timor prepares for full independence, one-eighth of its population remains in military-patrolled Indonesian refugee camps and no military or militia leaders have been held responsible for their crimes. Join Diane Farsetta, field organizer with the East Timor Action Network and an United Nations-accredited observer of the 1999 vote for independence, for a discussion on current conditions in and issues facing East Timor.

Location: Tate Lab of Physics, Room 236A, 116 Church St., University of MN, Minneapolis.

For more information, contact Joe at 612-301-3580 or kirc0060@umn.edu.

THREE UNFORGETTABLE HOLOCAUST FILMS IN MPLS/ST PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALšS
BEST OF FEST SHOWCASE (APRIL 22-26)
The 19th Annual Minneapolis/St Paul International Film Festival is almost at an end, but great world cinema keeps rolling on with the Best of the Fest showcase, running Sunday, April 22 through Thursday, 26. This yearšs Best of Fest package includes three powerful and provocative Holocaust-related films. Tickets are $7 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 U Film Society and Walker Art Center members.

For more information: full schedule available online at www.ufilm.org or call the hotline at 612-627-4430.

April 23, 7:15pm
FIGHTER
Amir Bar-Levšs debut feature follows a pair of Czech-American Holocaust survivors on an unforgettable trek of remembrance across Europe, when Jan Wiener, now 77, recounts escaping a concentration camp and fleeing the country cramped under a Nazi troop trainšs toilet chute. With Wiener, is seventy-two-year-old Arnost Lustig, whose return to Czech soil calls up nightmarish memories in Terezin ‹ the place where he saw his father led away to the gas chambers. These two stubborn, vibrant souls handle a painful visit to former haunts, arguing all the way as an Odd Couple but allowing friendship to help ease the pain of historyšs greatest horrors. (88 min.)

Location: Bell Museum Auditorium (17th & University Aves SE)

 

April 25, 7pm,
THE LAST NAZI w/THOSE WHO LOOKED AWAY
A shocking and penetrating study of an unclosed chapter of WWII history, The Last Nazi is the story of an international hunt for justice. Alois Brunner is a Nazi war criminal, a former SS commander who sent more than 128,500 European Jews to their deaths. Brunner now lives in Syria, making a living as an intelligence expert counseling government officials in Damascus. In March of this year, France convicted him in absentia for crimes against humanity. (57 min.) Those Who Looked Away investigates one of the most contentious issues of WWII: why did the Allies not destroy Nazi death camps and rail lines when they had the chance? There is ample evidence that a number of camps would have been relatively easy targets for bombing raids, so why did the Allies not put a halt to the genocide? This probing documentary seeks answers to these disturbing questions. (55 min.)

Location: Bell Museum Auditorium (17th & University Aves SE)


April 21-23, 2001
Departures: New Feminist Perspectives on the Holocaust.
  Conference.  Planned events include a Holocaust Film Festival and exhibit by artist Carolyn Manosevitz, a Second Generation Survivor. 

Location: Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, 333 East River Road. Minneapolis.

For more information contact Charlotte Voight, Center for Advanced Feminist Studies, University of MN, cafs@tc.umn.edu.

 

 

April 21, 2001, 8:00pm
Holocaust Remembrance Day - Commemoration of Yom HaShoah. Free special concert.

Performing the music of the composers of Theresienstadt with a power point display during the performance about the life and culture of Theresienstadt.
"In the Shadow of Your Wings," a performance by Ellen Jewett (violen), Doris Lederer (viola), and Clyde Shaw (cello). This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required.

Location: Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota, 2106 Fourth Street South.
For more information: 612-624-0305
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April 24, 2001, 7:30pm
Armenian Remembrance Day.
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota is a co-sponsor of the following memorialization event. The massacres and deportation of the Armenian people, is now considered a "genocide" by academics and institutions of higher learning that use the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide (1946/1948) as a guideline for definition. The massacre of Armenian leaderhsip and intellectuals began in Istanbul on April 24, 1915. The Armenian Genocide, which was conceived and carried out by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923, resulted in the deportation of nearly two million Armenians, of whom 1,500,000 men, women, and children were killed and 500,000 survivors were expelled from their homes. These centrally planned, premeditated acts eliminated the over 2,500-year presence of Armenians in their historic homeland. On the 86th anniversary of the onset of the Armenian Genocide, it is fitting that people of goodwill join the Armenian-American community in commemoration of this crime against humanity. Special guests His Excellency Arman Kirakossian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the United States, The Hon. Susan Kimberly, Deputy Mayor of Saint Paul, The Hon. Colleen N. Moriarty, Deputy Mayor of Minneapolis.

This event is free and open to the public.

Cosponsors: Armenian American Action Committee of Minnesota (Armenian Assembly), Armenian Dance Ensemble of Minnesota, Armenian Ensemble, Cafesjian Family Foundation, St. Sahag Armenian Church and Community Center, University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Location: St. Sahag Armenian Church and Community Center 203 Howell Street North, Saint Paul

For further information call (612) 359-8991.

 

April 25-27, 2001

Upheaval and Change in Ireland's Past.  Upheaval has often struck Ireland. These eras of simultaneous opportunity and tumult can lead to fundamental changes in the landscape. Ethnic identities are forged. Communities are transformed. Environments are altered.  Times of upheaval also produce obstinate continuity as disquieted populations search for ties to their own past.  Inspired by Ireland's current economic and social upheaval to reconsider similar periods in the past, researchers are redefining which of these transitional periods were widespread and long-lasting and which were mirages born of modern interpretations of the past. This conference draws together Irish and North American scholars to explore how archaeology and texts illuminate the perception and reality as well as the origin and consequences of upheaval in Ireland. Conference events will include a keynote lecture by Dr. Patrick Wallace, Director of the National Museum of Ireland and Viking-period scholar. 

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota.

For further information contact John Soderberg of the Department of Anthropology at 612-625-3400 or email to: sode0018@tc.umn.edu. 

 

 

April 27
China in Turbulent Times
. Dr. Carol Lee Hamrin, former senior China affairs specialist with the US State Department, speaks on the political and social climate of a changing China.

For more information, call the China Center at 612.624.1002 or the MacLaurin Institute at 612.378.1935

 

May 5-25, 2001

Young Peacemakers.  Gandhi said, “Non-violence cannot be preached. It must be practiced!” A group of friends inspired by the words of Gandhi, King, Sojourner Truth, Yitzhak Rabin, and Anne Frank, join together to confront violence and work for peace in their communities.  Entertaining, informative, instructional script by Matthew Vaky, music by Gary Rue.

Location: SteppingStone Theatre, 314 Landmark Center, 75 West 5th St., St. Paul, MN.

Contact the Box office: 651-225-9265.

 

May 8-9, 2001

Dalai Lama Visit. 

May 8

9:30am-11:30am: Teaching “Generating a Good Heart” Northrop Auditorium

5:30pm-7:00pm: Public Address “Compassion and Universal Responsibility in a New Century” Williams Arena, U of MN, 1925 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis.

May 9

5:30pm-7:30pm:  Interfaith Dialogue Northrop Auditorium, U of MN, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis.

Tickets range from $28-$152.  To order tickets, call the U of MN Arts Ticket Office at 612-624-2345. 

For more information, visit www.DalaiLamaMinnesota.org, email to DalaiLamaVisitinfo@usa.net, or leave a message at 612-871-9393.

 

 

May 9 - 10, 2001
Exploring Trends, Building Skills and Strengthening Networks.
North Central Conference of the Network of Alliances Bridging Race and Ethnicity in collaboration with Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice. Registration is due by April 27, 2001.

Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis.

For more information, contact Maggie Potapchuk at (202) 789-6361 or mpotapchuk@jointcenter.org.

June 6, 2001, 12:30
Medical Ethics: What We Can Learn from the Past. The Program in Human Rights and Medicine in conjunction with Center for Holocaust and genocide Studies announces a lecture by Robert O. Fish, MD, Professor of Pediatrics. Critical assessment of contemporary developments in any field requires knowledge of the past. In addition to being an eminent physician, Dr. Fisch is a Hungarian survivor of the Holocaust and of the suppressed 1956 Hungarian Revolution. He is also an internationally exhibited artist whose work integrates graphic expression with historical and ethical reflection. (His exhibitions include "Light from the Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust" and "The Metamorphosis to Freedom.") His research and clinical expertise includes the genetically based pediatric disease phenylketonuria.

Location: Moos Tower 2-530

 

June 7, 2001, 7:00-9:00 pm
Arab Society and the Role of Women.
Dr. Andrea Rugh, anthropologist specializing in Arabic women, explores the differences between Islamic and Western cultures focusing on the conduct of private life. Edina Cost: MIC, MPA & MWP Members $15; Non-members $30; Students $5.

To register, call 651-697-0440 or 1-800-477-3660.

Location: Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way

 

June 8, 2001, 7:30-3:00 pm
Full-day Symposium Japan at a Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities.
Join us on June 8 at Medtronic’s new world headquarters as leading scholars and specialists address the most important issues facing Japan and its relations with the United States today. At this daylong seminar, topics for discussion include the future of the Japanese economy and ramifications for the U.S., the U.S.-Japan relationship under the Bush Administration and the state of political and business leadership in Japan. This daylong seminar is an excellent source of information for those with an interest in Japan. The exclusive CEO panel on Minnesota-Japan partnerships will have particular value to anyone with business interest in Japan.

Location: Medtronic World Headquarters, 710 Medtronic Parkway, Minneapolis, at I694 and Central Avenue. Parking is free.

Cost:
Full symposium (includes continental breakfast, lunch, briefing materials) - MIC and members of cooperating organizations $65; Non-members $110 Lunch and Afternoon session only - MIC and members of cooperating organizations $40; Non-members $80

To register, call 612.625.4421


June 10, 2001, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Fundraising Event for the Highlander Center: an evening with Suzanne Pharr, Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center, and Friends of Highlander.
Musical contributions and stories by the Granary Girls and Larry Long. Highlander has never been just about what happens at the center itself but about what people do when they go back to their own communities. In this spirit, after hearing from Suzanne about the current situation at Highlander, there will be an open mic for the evening participants to ask questions and to add their own stories about Highlander and how it has touched their lives. Other musicians and cultural workers are encouraged to add their contributions to the evening during this time. The Highlander Research and Education Center is a popular education center that brings grassroots leaders and community groups together to learn from each other and develop strategies for social change. It was founded in 1932 in the highlands of East Tennessee; its work has been source of inspiration to many people and communities around the world. Suzanne Pharr, before becoming the director of Highlander last year, was the founding director of The Women's Project of Arkansas. She is known for her work as a feminist theorist, for her work against domestic violence, and on understanding the Right wing in the US. She is the author of "Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism" and "In the Time of the Right: Reflections on Liberation". All Donations to the Highlander Research and Education Center.

For more information, contact Larry Olds. email: lolds@mtn.org; phone: 612/722-3442; or the Freire Center: PopEd@freirecenter.org; phone: 612/722-5790.

 

June 10-12, 2001

Conference: Deterring and preventing Genocide: Missed Opportunities, Contemporary Issues, and Future Possibilities.  The Fourth Biennial Conference of the Association of Genocide Scholars.  Abstracts and Panel Proposals (limit 500 words) due by February 15, 2001. 

The guest speaker for the banquet is St. Paul native Judge Gabriel Kirk McDonald, former President of the International Criminal tribunal for Bosnia and Rwanda. Cost of the banquet on Sunday, June 10 is $45. This is open to the public with prior payment.

If you are interested in attending, please reply by May 25 to Kathryn Snyder: 612-624-0256.

Location: Radisson Metrodome Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis.


For more information, visit http://www.chgs.umn.edu/Educational_Resources/Events/events.html 

 

 

June 12, 2001, 7:00pm
"The Ziagen AIDS Drug License: University Commitments and Constraints."
University General Counsel Mark B. Rotenberg will address constraints and commitments regarding licensing the University AIDS drug Ziagen. Professor Rotenberg has represented the University in a wide variety of contexts and has had the distinction of being admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. This will be the second seminar by the Program in Human Rights and Medicine concerning pharmaceutical access and the AIDS crisis.

Location: Moos Tower 12-168 (McKelvey Seminar Room)

 


June 18-22, 2001, 8:00am-5:00pm
Western Civilization, Genocide, and the Holocaust
This 2-credit workshop sponsored by the European Studies Consortium offers K-12 and community college educators and in-depth look at the Holocaust and aspects of contemporary genocide in its relation to Western civilization. Participants will be familiarized with a number of issues, including representations of genocide in art, culture, memory, how to deal with atrocities in the classroom and discuss methodologies for teaching genocide and how it fits into the State Guidelines for the Social Sciences. The workshop is taught by Professor Stephen Feinstein, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota. Participants are legible for $280 of tuition reimbursement for 2 CLA credits.

For more information, contact Sarah Herzog, Outreach Coordinator Institute for Global Studies, 214 Social Sciences Building, 267 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 555455. Phone: 612-624-7346 of Email: sherzog@umn.edu.

 

June 26, 2001, 4:00-6:15 pm
Russia: Facing the Future. Join MIC for an in-depth look at Russia’s future with Dr. Blair Ruble and Dr. Kate Schecter, participants in the Carnegie Corporation’s Russia Initiative Program. Dr. Ruble has served as director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars since 1989. Dr. Schecter is a program officer with the American International Health Alliance, responsible for the implementation and management of health care facilities in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus. We also invite you to join us before the discussion for a special video presentation, featuring Dr. Ruble, Dr. Schecter and other participants in the Russia Initiative. This program is cosponsored by Connect/U.S.-Russia and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and is made possible through a grant of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, in cooperation with the World Affairs Councils of America. Free event, advanced registration in required.

Location: Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium, 301 - 19th Avenue South, University of Minnesota, West Bank. Parking ramp at 3rd Street South and 19th Avenue South.

For more information,
email Minnesota International Center mic@globe.mic.umn.edu.

 

July 13, 2001, 8:30 am-12:00 noon
Twin Cities Youthwork Coalition Summer Forum: Working With Immigrant and Refugee Youth.

8:30 - Networking, Display Tables
9:00 - Immigration Laws and Issues, Oficina Legal
9:45 - Helping People Group Activity
10:10 - Refugee Camp Experiences, Center for Victims of Torture
10:40 - Small Group Discussion
11:30 - Sharing our Discoveries
Program sponsored by the Youth Development Leadership Program, the Center for 4-H Youth Development, University of Minnesota Extension Service, the College of Education & Human Development, the College of Continuing Education, and University of Minnesota. Free event. No pre-registration required.

Location:
St. Marks's Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove Street (at Loring Park), Minneapolis, MN 55403

For more information, contact:
Patty Armstrong 612-668-1357, Vant Washington 612-372-8435, or Elee Wood 612-624-1972.

 

September 13, 2001, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Minnesota African Immigrant Conference. A conference that will focus on the contributions of African immigrants in Minnesota will be held at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis Campus, West Bank) on Thursday, September 13, 2001 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 P.M. The conference is organized by the African American Relief and Development Initiatives (ARADI). Registration is $10.

Location: University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute

For conference registration information call 612-302-3479.

 

September 13, 2001, 3:00 p.m.
A Reflective Celebration of the United Nations with Panel of Experts.
Macalester College presents a panel discussion of the United Nations and the contributions of newly re-elected Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a 1961 Macalester graduate. Participants include Ambassador Wegger Strommen of the Norwegian Mission to the U.N.; Louise Kantrow of the United Nations Association-USA; Patrick Hayford, director of African Affairs for the Executive Office of the Secretary-General; Emily Rosenberg, DeWitt Wallace history professor at Macalester and Federal Magistrate Jack Mason, a 1960 Macalester graduate. The program will be moderated by Macalester President Michael McPherson.

Location: Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

 

September 19, 2001, 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.
Policing in Northern Ireland: An Insider's Perspective.
Come hear Sir Ronnie Flanagan, chief constable of Northern Ireland's Royal Ulster Constabulary, as he addresses the issues of policing and efforts to restart the peace process.

Location: Windows on Minnesota, 50th Floor, IDS Tower, 80 S. 8th Street, downtown Minneapolis

Cost: MIC members $25; Non-members $35; program only seating $10

To register: call Elaine at 612.626.4987.

 

September 20, 2001, 12:30 p.m.
Speaker on Korean Comfort Women.
Dr. Yun Chung-OK, who lives in Korea and is a retired Professor from Ewha Woman's University will speak at the University of Minnesota through The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies on Thursday, September 20 at 12:30 PM. Prof.. Chung-OK Yune has led the justice movement for victims of military sexual slavery by Japan ("comfort women") since 1988. She is the co-founder of the Korean Council of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan ("The Korean Council"-1990) which formally initiated the justice movement for victims of military sexual slavery by Japan. During Japan's war in Asia, 1931-45, approximately 200,00 women from the occupied countires in Asia were taken as sex slaves. CHGS believes this is a particular important subject as The Hague Tribunal has now recognized rape as a war crime during the Bosnian Wat of the early 1990s. Prof. Yune will speak about the subject and the struggle for recognition and rights for the Comfort Women. The talk will also focus on the justice movement, responses of the international community, the UN and the ILO and possibilities for reparations. The public is invited.

Location: Room EESCI 3-230 Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building on the East Bank Campus at the U of M.

 

September 24, 2001, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
President Mkapa Of Tanzania To Visit The Twin Cities.
President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania will be the chief guest at the 13th anniversary celebration of Books for Africa, a Minnesota based non-profit organization that ships books to African schools on Monday, September 24, 2001. The 13th anniversary celebration will include a dinner celebration. According to a BFA spokesperson, there will be a private reception with president Mkapa from 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. followed with dinner at 7:00-8:00 P.M. President Mkapa will then speak starting at 8:00-9:00 P.M. The cost for dinner is $75 person and $175 per person for the dinner and private reception with president Mkapa.

Location: Radission Riverfront in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

For more information and to RSVP, call 651-602-9844 or visit the Books for Africa website at http://www.booksforafrica.org

 

September 25 - October 19, 2001
Displaced: Photos of DP Camps by Maxine Rude. Nash Gallery Sept. 25-October 19, 2001 Reception: Thursday, October 4 6-8PM.

Location: Katherine Nash Gallery Wiley Hall, West Bank (adjacent to Law School: parking in Law School Lot or Holiday Inn West Bank).

 

September 26, 2001, 12:00-1:00p.m.
The State of the World Population Report.
Join the United Nations Association of Minnesota (UNA) and Minnesota Internation Center as we host Timothy E. Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation, for an address on the release of the State of World Population Report 2001. Issued by the UN Population Fund, this year's report focuses on population and environmental change.

Location: Minneapolis Hilton and Towers, 3rd Floor, Salon C, 1001 Marquette Avenue, downtown Minneapolis.

Cost: Free, but firm reservations are required. Space is limited.

To register: Visit the UNA's website at www.unamn.org, or call 612.879.7512.

 

September 28 - October 27, 2001
Children's Art from Prague.
An exhibit of art and literary works drawn, painted and scripted by some of the 11,000-15,000 children of the Terezin Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia between 1941 and 1945.

Location: CSPS Hall, 385 Michigan St., St. Paul

 

September 28, 2001, 4:30-7:00p.m.
In Our Own Best Interests - A Global Human Rights Update.
Please join Minnesota International Center as Dr. Schulz addresses the current state of human rights violations around the world and discusses his recent book, In Our Own Best Interests: How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All. Dr. Schulz was appointed executive director of Amnesty International USA in 1994. He has extensive international experience, including fact-finding missions to Romania, India, the Middle East and Northern Ireland, and has frequently been interviewed on national TV and quoted in the press. This program is co-sponsored by Amnesty International USA,
local group #37 and the University of St. Thomas' Master of International Management (MIM) program.

Location: University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus, Thornton Auditorium, 2nd Floor; 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis

Cost: Free for MIC members, Amnesty International USA members, University of St. Thomas students (with valid ID); advance registration required; Non-members $10

To register: call Nancy at 612.625.4138


September 28, 2001, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
In Our Own Best Interest; A Global Human Rights Update
. As the executive director of Amnesty International USA, William Schulz has many times heard the question "What do global human rights have to do with me in my U.S. hometown?" While many people see an ethical and moral reason to be concerned about abuses, Dr. Schulz also notes political, economic, environmental and health consequences affecting our own backyard if worldwide abuses are ignored. Please join MIC on Friday, September 28, as Dr. Schulz addresses the current state of human rights violations around the world and discusses his recent book, In Our Own Best Interests: How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All Dr. Schulz was appointed executive director of Amnesty International USA in 1994. He has extensive international experience, including fact- finding missions to Romania, India, the Middle East and Northern Ireland, and has frequently been interviewed on national TV and quoted in the press. This program is co-sponsored by Amnesty International USA, local group #37 and the University of St. Thomas' Master of International Management (MIM) program.

Location
: University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus, Thornton Auditorium, 2nd Floor; 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis >

Cost
: Free for MIC members, Amnesty International USA members, University of St. Thomas students (with valid ID); advance registration required; Non-members $10

Registration
: call Nancy Kolb at 612.625.4138; Email to nkolb@globe.mic.umn.edu

 

October 1, 2001, 2:00p.m.
"A Search For Justice: Austria, the holocaust and other Issues of Assets Recovery and Forced Labor Compensation."
Austrian Ambassador Hans Winkler, JD, Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs will speak. Reception after the lecture. Parking is available at the municipalramp next to the Holiday inn Metrodome, 1500 Washington Avenue S. Presented by Center for Austria Studies, College of Liberal Arts.

Location: Room 15, LAW CENTER Mondale Hall, West Bank, sub-plaza level



October 2-23, 2001, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Post Holocaust Jewish and Christian Thought.
CSCH 0370 taught by Rabbi Joseph Edelheit, Reverend James Gertmenian, Reverend Michael Michael O'Connell. 6:30-8:30 PM Tuesday October 2-23 (4 meetings) $115 tuition.

Location: Blegen Hall Room 425 West Bank Campus, U of M.

For registration: http:www.cce.umn.edu/scholars/ or 612-625-7777.

 

October 2, 2001, 5:00-7:00p.m.
Reducing the Nuclear Threat - A Local Dialogue for Global Security
. Minnesota International Center invites you to participate in this free town meeting on U.S. nuclear policy. Confirmed speakers to this non-partisan dialogue include: Ted Turner, co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and Charles Curtis, president and COO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and former undersecretary and deputy secretary of energy. Other invited speakers include members of the Minnesota Congressional delegation and a Bush administration official.

Location: Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange Street, downtown St. Paul

Cost: Free, but space is limited. Advance registration is required by Sept. 28.

To register: call Elaine at 612.626.4987.

 

October 4, 2001, 6:00p.m.-8:30p.m.
Displaced: World War II in Europe, 1945-1946-Jewish Refugees and Other Displaced Persons.
Opening of Exhibition. Photos are by Maxine Rude, native of Viroqua, Wisconsin, who was a US Army Photographer in 1944, transferred to UNRRA in 1945 to photograph the DP Camps. Ruse now lives in Arizona. Parking in Law School lot or Holiday Inn Metrodome, across the street.

Location: Nash Gallery, Willey Hall, West Bank.

 

October 8, 2002, 7:30 p.m.
Anthony Lewis: "Terrorism and Freedom".
Anthony Lewis, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, will present a lecture in the Cowles Auditorium, H.H. Humphrey Center. He has entitled his lecture, "Terrorism and Freedom." Lewis is author of three books dealing with First Amendment and civil rights issues: "Gideon's Trumpet"; "Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment"; and "Portrait of a Decade." Lewis has taught a course entitled "The Constitution and the Press" at Harvard Law School for 15 years, and has been a visiting professor at numerous other universities. Lewis won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1955 for a series of articles in the Washington Daily News about a US Navy employee who was dismissed for being a security risk. From 1956-57 he was a Nieman Fellow and spent the academic year studying at Harvard Law School. When he returned to Washington, he covered the Supreme Court, the Justice Department and other legal events including the government's handling of the civil rights movement. In 1963, he won his second Pulitzer for his coverage of the Supreme Court for The New York Times. In 1964, Lewis became the chief of the Times London bureau, and began writing his column from there in 1969. Since 1973 he has been based in Boston.

Location: Cowles Auditorium, H.H. Humphrey Center

 

October 12, 2001, 12:30p.m.
Refugees/Immigrants: Unrecognized Torture Sequelae Affects the Health of Many.
Speaker is Kathi Antolak, MD, Center for Victims of Torture. The Twin Cities has had a long history of welcoming immigrants and refugees from harrowing circumstances, many of whom have suffered under political oppression, including torture. Frequently such persons originate from a context in which ongoing medical care is scant at best. Of which physical and psychological sequelae should physicians and other health care providers be aware? Kathi Antolak, MD, has been a staff physician with the Center for Victims of Torture in the Twin Cities from 1993 to the present. She has also served as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. Her presentation "Refugees/Immigrants: Unrecognized Torture Sequelae Affects the Health of Many" will be invaluable for medical professionals and for those who wish to better understand a crucial context with ongoing effects in the lives of our immigrant neighbors. Sponsored by Program in Human Rights and Medicine.

Location: Mayo Building 100, Academic Health Center, East Bank Campus of University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

 

October 19, 2001, 12:00p.m.
Day seminar on Japan's War Time Atrocities and Questions of Reconciliation.
There will be featured a list of prominent speakers from Japan, China and the United States on this question of reconciliation. Japan was exempted by reparations because of the San Francisco Treaty of 1951, unlike the case of Germany. This session promises to be interesting in light of the recent unfortunate events in New York, Washington and Pittsburgh and how one reconciles terror and grief.

Location: Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Policy, Virginia Cowles Auditorium

 

October 20, 2001, 9:00 a.m.-1:00p.m.
Japan's War Crimes: Nanjing Massacre, Unit 731 (Biological Unit), Comfort Women, Slave Labor.
The first workshop for teachers on the question of how to teach about issues in the Pacific War and Japan's War Crimes.

Location: Moos Tower, University of Minnesota East Bank Campus

 

October 25, 2001, 12:45p.m.-2:00p.m.
A Midwestern Response to the Holocaust: the Scattergood Hostel Story
. Dr. Luick-Thrams will give a multi-media presentation of this little-know "Schindler's List on the Prairie." Michael Luick Thrams is a historian, writer, teacher and public speaker based in Berlin, Germany. He has written three books, including OUT OF HITLER'S REACH: THE SCATTERGOOD HOSTEL STORY FOR EUROPEAN REFUGEES. From 1939 to 1943, nearly 200 refugees from Nazi occupied Europe >found a safe haven at Scattergood, a temporary hostel in what once had been a Quaker boarding school near West Branch, Iowa. The speaker has also done research about Camp Algona, a World War II prisoner of war camp in Iowa. The camp operated from 1943 to 1946 and housed 10,000 German prisoners of war, most of them captured in North Africa or Italy. The event is sponsored by Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Jewish Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Mark and Muriel Wexler Lectureship Fund, and Dworsky Endpowment for Jewish Studies. Open to the public.

Location: EECSI 2-250 Electrical Engineering, Computer Science East Bank, University of Minnesota

 

October 25, 2001, 7:00 p.m.
Precarious Legacy: The Exlibris Bookplate Collection of Dr. Fritz Stransky,
murdered in Auschwitz. Over 1100 EX LIBRIS Bookplates were donated to CHGS by Walter and Anita Schwartz of St. Paul. The collection belonged to her father and was donated to the Center for Holocaust and genocide Studies.

Location: Weisman Museum of Art.

 

October 26, 2001, 6:30p.m.
Yolanda Becerra, Director of Women's Popular Oganization of Colombia will speak.
Sponsored by Colombia Support Group of Minnesota, tel. 612-276- 0788 ext. 10.

Location: Westminister Presbyterian Chruch, Nicollet Mall and 12th Street.

 

October 27, 2001, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
" A Citizen's Call to Justice : Creating a New Democracy."
The Institute on Race & Poverty (http://www.umn.edu/irp) is sponsoring a local conference. Examine the fallout of the 2000 election and its place within our history as a democracy. Organize progressives and devise strategies that would make our elected officials accountable the people. Connect with liked-minded groups around the country. Provide a truer democratic vision for a more perfect union. Cost is free.

Location: The Millennium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Mall, Mpls

For more information: University of Minnesota Law School . 415 Law Center 229 19th Avenue South . Minneapolis, MN 55455 Telephone: (612) 625-8071 . Fax: (612) 624-8890

 

October 28, 2001, 12:15p.m/2:00p.m./3:45p.m.
"Long Night's Journey Into Day."
The Alumni Society of the College of Liberal Arts of the U of M is holding a special symposium as part of its Critical Dialogues series, featuring the two film makers of the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Long Night's Journey Into Day." Two video showings of the film, which focuses on post-Apartheid South Africa and its struggle toward reconciliation, will be held at 12:15 pm and again at 3:45 pm. U of M Humanities Institute Director Robin Brown will moderate a 2:00 pm panel discussion among award-winning film makers Frances Reid and Deborah Hoffman, CLA History professor Eric Weitz, and local human rights expert Judge Lajune Lang. The discussion will focus on issues of nationhood, human rights, racism, and the many moral and ethical questions raised by the film, and give audience members a chance to ask questions of the film makers about their experiences. Both the film showings and the discussion, held at the A.I. Johnson room in the Alumni Gateway Center, at Oak and University, are free and open to the public, with plenty of parking in the nearby ramp on University Avenue.

For more information: call Erica Giorgi at 612.625-8837

 

October 28, 2001, 2:00p.m.
"Objects and Issues: The Question of Restitution of Looted Art from the Nazi Era and the Holocaust."
Dr. Stephen Feinstein, CHGS and Dr. Lyndel King, Weisman Museum.

 

October 29, 2001, 12:20p.m.
"Afghanistan after the Taliban?"
Professor Iraj Bashiri, Department of Slavic and Central Asian Languages and Literatures at the U of M will speak. Public is welcome.

Location: 140 Wulling Hall 86 Pleasant Street SE EAST BANK CAMPUS. Parking in Northrop Garage, 4th Avenue Ramp.

 

November, 1, 2001, 12:45p.m.-2:00p.m.
"The Armenian Genocide and Turkish Responses."
Professor Taner Akcam to speak at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Akcam, now Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan-Dearborn has a permanent position as Research Scientist in Sociology, Hamburger Institut fr Sozialforschung. He is well known in the debate about the Armenian Genocide. He is one of the few Turkish historians who has read original documents and has concluded that the term "genocide" is appropriate for the events that overtook the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire from 1915-1922. As a result, he has been labeled a "criminal" by both government and press officials in Turkey. To some human rights groups, the attack on Akcam is a measure of the direction of human rights policies in today's Turkey. Akcam will speak in "History of the Holocaust" class on "The Armenian Genocide and Turkish Responses." at 12:45pm; Room: Electrical Engineering CSI 2-250 First Floor Free and Open to the Public. Also will speak at 7:30 PM. Talk on "Rereading Turkish History from the Human Rights Perspective" Site. U of M School of Law. Room 50 Law School Free and open to the public.

 

November 7 - December 5, 2001, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Issues in Contemporary Genocide.
CSCH 0302 Wednesday November 7-Dec 5 (4 meetings, no class November 21). Taught by Dr. Stephen Feinstein. Tuition $115. 7-9PM.

Location: St. Paul Jewish Community Center.

For registration: http:www.cce.umn.edu/scholars/ or 612-625-7777.

 

November 11, 2001
"The Architecture of Auschwitz."
Robert Jan Van Pelt is co-author with Devorah Dwork of "Auschwitz: 1258 to the Present," and has finished another comprehensive history of the Holocaust with Dwork entitled: "A Carnival of Death," soon to be published. He was also the chief witness at the Irving-Lipstadt Trial in London earlier in the year and is writing his own book on the subject. He will be giving other lectures from November 8-11 as well. Sunday, November 11 at the

Location: Weisman Museum, 2PM.

 

November 13, 2001, Day Trip (6:30a.m. - 8:30p.m.)
The Jewish Community Relations Council Announces: Trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
This one-day trip begins at 6:30a.m departing from the Hubert H. Humphrey Terminal and returning at approximately 8:30 p.m. The cost of the trip is * $295 which includes round trip airfare and bus transportation to and from the Museum. *If possible we recommend that the staff development funds in each school support one-half of the cost for teachers and staff. The trip's price is based on the rising cost of fuel and airline travel. The trip is open to all individuals 12 years of age and up. An adult must accompany children under 18. Reservations are on a first come first served basis and must be accompanied by registration, waiver and full payment no later than October 12, 2001. Cancellations with full refund will be honored until October 30, 2001. There are no refunds after this date.

For more information: please contact Jodi Elowitz at 612-338-7816.

 

November 10, 2001
5th Annual Mpls/St.P. Jewish Film Festival. Opens Sat., Nov.l0 At UFilm Society Bell Aud.; 17th and University Ave SE. Parking in the 4th Avenue Ramp. A dozen films reflecting the rich range of Jewish experience,from love-in-conflict (matchmaking vs. assimilation) to the search for peace in the Mideast ---with some new hot-button titles--- will be premiered at the 5th Annual Minneapolis/St.Paul Jewish Film Festival opening Saturday, Nov. l0, The series is being presented again by the University of Minnesota Film Society. Screenings will run nightly and weekends through November at the UFS East Bank campus Bell Auditorium venue,l7th and University ave. SE.,Mpls. Fest opens with two comedies, the Mel Brooks l968 classic,The Producers,at 7:15 p. m.Sat.(l0th), a retrospective look at the original piece of insanity inspiring the new Broadway play,with the legendary,irrepressible Zero Mostel as hard-luck Broadway schemer Max Bialystok and Gene Wilder as his hapless assistant. (Repeat 5:l5 p.m.Sun. llth)

Yiddish vaudeville , as recalled in the history of the amazing Burstyn family, one of the last remaining icons of Yiddish theaters Golden Age, comes to life in The Komediant at 5:l5 and 9:l5 p.m.Saturday (l0th). The film, featuring Fivish Finkel and other stars of the Yiddish stage, repeats 3 pm following Sunday (11th) (free parking 4th St.SE ramp) An inside view into the dilemmas at the center of religious and ideological debates stirring Israeli politics is captured in the controversial Time of Favor,(Haseder) , a compelling thriller about religious nationalist settlers who conspire to blow up the Dome of the Rock mosque on Jerusalems Temple Mount. Scheduled for 7:l5 p.m. Sunday, Nov.ll. Heartthrob Israeli actor Aki Avni as Orthodox army officer and yeshiva student, and popular Israeli sensation Tinkerbell,his love interest, opposed by her fanatical rabbi father (Asi Dayan) , helped win six Israeli "Oscars" this year for 27-year-old debut director Joseph Cedar. Film will repeat 7:l5 p.m. Thursday,Nov. l5. ( Film was held up for New York and national release because of sensitivity over the Sept.ll World Trade Center repercussions. Politically correct or not, the film is now due to open late January.)

Israel will also be the focus of "Promises," , in which U.S.filmmaker B.Z.Goldberg convinces seven articulate Israeli and Palestinian ll-to-l4-year-olds to try honestly to come to grips with their daily religious and national conflicts. Living within a 20-minute radius of one another but having little direct knowledge of the other's lives,they visit each other's homes and come up with poignant insights,which may offer "promises." Winner, audience award,Rotterdam Film Festival,"Promises " was recently termed "the most honest Mideast movie ever made," by a Vancouver arts weekly .( 7:l5 p.m. Tues,Wed.,Fri., Nov.20-21,23.)

Roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict,with new insights on their origins are chronicled in the stirring and inspirational "In Search of Peace: 1948-l967", a sequel to the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Oscar-winning l997 "The Long Way Home".( 5 p.m. Sat - 7:l5 p.m. Sun.,Nov.l7-18). ("..Does an excellent job of sorting through and clarifying the complexities of Middle Eastern diplomacy. The plight of stateless Palestinian refugees is duly recognized"commented NYTimes reviewer Stephen Holden) .The scrupulous, factual account of two decades ending with the l967 victory, recorded in voice and rare archival images ,from Papa Ben-Gurion to his quarrelsome sons, as well as narration by Michael Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss, Anne Bancroft, does not fade out on a "happily ever after" note, but acknowledges the heavy price triumph paid. Provocative also is the film,"Trembling Before G-D", which concerns the profound desire of homosexuals to find a place for themselves in Orthodox Judaism. Faith, sexuality and religious fundamentalism are put on the dock in these compassionate stories affirming the universal struggle to belong . (7:l5 p.m. Fri.,, 7:l5 ,9:l5 p.m.Sat., 5:l5 Sun.,Nov. l6-l8).

" Love-in-conflict " is also a theme ( with comic overtones) in "Make Me a Match,"on the trials and tribulations of Jewish singles looking for a catch in today's America.(U of Minn.American Studies Prof. Riv-Ellen Prell was film consultant), Diverse styles of matchmaking for the cyberage meet "old style" probing from rabbi and rebbetzin, while some very organized suburban housewives tell how they promote Jewish survival by guaranteeing l00% Jewish babies. Shown with "The Last Jewish Town", the story of a Sephardic community surviving in the mountains of Azerbaijan. (7:l5 p.m. Mon thru Wed., Nov.l2-l4.)

International matchmaking is the center of "Russian Doll," a new Australian feature about a young Jewish woman from St.Petersburg arriving in Sydney in response to an ad, only to discover the prospective groom dead. Starring Hugo Weaving (Priscilla,Queen of the Desert)),the film captures Sydney's Bondi Beach Russian-Jewish immigrant invasion as backdrop to the bride's search for a "marriage of convenience". The film will run the last week of November.( Dates tba)

Nostalgia for old Jewish values (including matchmaking ) can be found in "Molly: the Goldbergs,"a l950 film based on the famous radio series as it became television, with sharp,comic writing we see now in shows like Seinfeld. Molly tries to match a young couple while in a quandary herself over her old childhood sweetheart. ( 7:l5 p.m. Mon,. Nov.l9, 5 p.m. Fri.,23d,)

Little-known chapters about Jewish bravery in World War II are included in "The Second Front," about the underground resistance movements in the forests and swamps of Eastern Europe. By veteran Holocaust researcher Deborah Freeman, using never-before-seen footage, photos and interviews, she sets the record straight on who was a fearless freedom fighter. (5 & 8p.m. Sat.,Sun. ,Nov.24-25).

"Terrorists in Retirement" also recalls unheralded heroism . Polish-Jewish resistance brigades during the Nazi occupation were organized in Paris during WWII whose 200 members carried out dangerous assassinations and sabotage. This recently available documentary, banned by French television, finds seven surviving members,with unFrench sounding names like Mitzflicker,Rayski or Gronowski, still making their living in Paris, as tailors. (5 & 8 pm Sat.,Sun. Nov.24,25.)

Admission to films are $7 gen'l, $6 students and seniors, and $5 Film Societiy members. (Tickets available at door); a 6-film pass will be good for $30 (genl). Members,students : $25. U Film Society website www. ufilm .org (for complete descriptions ) . UFS hotline 612-627-4430. Group rates for schools, classes available. Call 612-627-4431.

 

Saturday November 17-Tuesday November 20, 2001
Twin Cities Polish Film Festival.

Sat Nov 17 2:15 and Mon November 19 at 7pm. THE SPRING TO COME (Przedwiosnie, 2001) directed by Filip Bajon. Love story set against backdrop of the Bolshevik revolution. 144 minutes.

Sunday, Nov 18 1PM and Tuesday Nov. 20 at 9:15 PM MONEY ISN'T EVERYTHING (Pieniadze to nie Wszystko, 2001) Comedy about modern Polish life. 107 minutes S

Sunday, November 18 3:15 PM PHAROAH (Faaon, 1965) Nominated in 1967 for best Foreign Film at Academy Awards 184 minutes

Saturday, Nov 17 12 Noon and Tuesday Nov 20 ANGELUS (110 Minutes) story about fictional society of magicians and alchemists from town of Janowo between the wars.

Sunday, Nov. 18 12 Noon. IF YOU BUY ME A COUCH, DARLING (1988) Free screening. American short film, slapstick, shot in Poland. 40 minutes

Saturday November 17 at 5PM and Monday Nov 19 at 9:45PM IF LIFE MAKES SENSE (Ze Zycie Ma Sens, 2000) Film about amateur filmmakers who get into mind altering substances.

WEB SITE: www.polfilm.org

 

November 29, 2001, 12:00p.m.-4:00pm
Indigenous People's Movements: A Global Perspective.
ICC will be sponsoring a Global Education Workshop in collaboration with the University of Minnesota's Institute for Global Studies and the Education for Global Learning Consortium (MnSCU) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 from 12-4 pm in the Center for Continued Learning Conference room located in ICC's Student Center. There is NO COST for registration, although we ask that you RSVP as soon as possible if you plan to attend as space is limited. Snacks and coffee/tea will be provided. The topic of the workshop, Indigenous People's Movements: A Global Perspective , will focus on examining the legal and social issues facing indigenous people's movements as they work to regain their homelands. Kristi Rudelius Palmer and William Means will be co-presenters. Kristi is a human rights educator who has been involved in the field of Human Rights Education since 1986 and is the co-director of the Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota. Bill Means of the Oglala Lakota Nation is one of the founders of the International Indian Treaty Council and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He is the co-founder of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations, is an expert on United States and Indian Treaty relations, and is presently CEO of the Indigenous Trading Company.

Please email Barbara McDonald at bmcdonald@it.cc.mn.us if you want to come.

Location: Center for Continued Learning Conference room located in ICC's Student Center.

 

December 2, 2001, 2:00p.m.
"Fritz Stransky: The Several Worlds of a Jewish Lawyer in Early 20th Century Vienna."
Dr. Gary Cohen, History Dept. and Center for Austrian Studies.

 

Thursday, December 13, 2001, 4-6 p.m.
"Writing the War". The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing will host "Writing the War," a reading from various rhetorical perspectives on the World Trade Center attack and "America's New War." We invite faculty members, students, and staff to participate by reading excerpts from their own writing about these events. We are particularly interested in writing that can be useful as we all rearrange our lives and adjust to new realities. We especially invite critical or analytical essays that help us to understand the role that government and the media play in shaping and controlling our understanding of these events. Several key speakers will be invited to read from their work for about 45 minutes; at that point, all participants will be invited to read from open microphones around the room, with about a 5-minute limit per speaker. To promote a free exchange of ideas in a limited time, we also invite participants to bring along copies of their own writing to share with audience members, in case time does not permit readings from all in attendance. CISW will set up tables where participants can leave their own work and collect copies of others' work. We will not have space for publications from organizations or political fliers, but participants are welcome to hand these out on their own. CISW will consider publishing a collection of selected essays presented at this event.

Location: University of Minnesota, Folwell Hall 306.

For more information: contact Terri Klegin at 6-7579 or klegin@umn.edu.

 

January 14, 2002, 5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Update on the war on terrorism.
Sir Eldon Griffiths, national chairman of the World Affairs Councils of America, will offer insight on what lies ahead in addressing terrorism worldwide. Registration and reception 5:30 p.m.; program 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Location: Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium, 301 - 19th Avenue S., University of Minnesota, West Bank. Parking ramp at 3rd Street S. and 19th Avenue S.

Cost: MIC members and students $5; Non-members $10.

To register: Respond to this e-mail or call Elaine at 612.626.4987.

 

January 15, 7:30 p.m.

The Minnesota public is invited to enjoy "Great Conversations." This new multidisciplinary series brings prominent members of the University community together with a roster of influential thinkers from around the world to discuss some of the most complex and compelling issues of our time. The series begins on January 15 and features President Mark Yudof engaged in conversation with legendary political strategist Paul Begala. Begala studied law with then Professor Yudof at the University of Texas at Austin and gained national prominence as a driving force in the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign. He went on to be a top presidential advisor and has just published a book with his former partner James Carville. The series continues monthly with conversations between: Thomas Fisher, Dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and Steven Holl, Time magazine's Architect of the Year (February 19); Dr. Catherine Verfaillie, Director of the Stem Cell Institute, and Dr. Austin Smith, Director of the Centre for Genome Research at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (March 26); Professor Jane Kirtley, Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, and Brian Lamb, Founder and CEO of C-SPAN (April 2); Professor John Wright, Principal Scholar for the Givens Collection of African American Literature and Life, and Cornel West, Harvard Professor and best selling author (May 7).

Location: Ted Mann Concert Hall on Tuesdays at 7:30pm.

Series tickets are $100 ($75 for U of M faculty and staff). Single tickets go on sale December 17 for $25 ($20 for U of M faculty and staff). "Great Conversations" is produced by the College of Continuing Education with the generous support of the University of Minnesota McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment.

For further information: visit www.cce.umn.edu/conversations or call the box office at 624-2345.

 

January 25, 2002, Time TBA.
Two Armies and the Jews: The Italian Effort to Save Jews during the Holocaust. Jonathan Steinberg, chair of the History Department at Penn and a leading historian of Italy and Germany, will be in town in January in a visit sponsored by Hillel. He will speak Friday, January 25, time TBA. Probable topic is: Two Armies and the Jews: The Italian Effort to Save Jews during the Holocaust (probably in conjunction with a documentary by Joseph Rochlitz called "Righeous Enemy).

 

January 25, 2002, 12:00pm
La Questione della Lingua: Nationalism and the Invention of the Language.
Jonathan Steinberg is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Modern European History at the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Department of History. His publications include Why Switzerland? (1976), All or Nothing: The Axis and the Holocaust (1990) and "The Deutsche Bank and its Gold Transactions during the Second World War" (1999). All or Nothing tries to explain why Fascist Italy in its zones of occupation in Greece, Croatia and Southern France systematically refused to assist Nazi Germany, its nominal ally, in the extermination of the Jews. By using German and Italian sources he attempts to compare the two faces of Fascism.

Sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of French and Italian, the European Studies Consortium and the Center for German and European Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Location: room 20, Hubert H. Humphrey Center

 

January 29, 2002, 4:30 pm
"Juve contre Fantomas: Capturing the Fantom Criminal."
Dr. Nanette Fornabai of Brown University and a candidate for Assistant Professor of French in the Department of French and Italian will present "Juve contre Fantomas: Capturing the Fantom Criminal" on Tuesday, January 29th at 4:30 p.m.

Location: 46 Folwell Hall.

 

January 29, 2002, 8:30am -12:30pm
"The Law and Ethics of Public Health Responses to Bioterrorism."
The University's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences will sponsor a half-day symposium. The prospect of a bioterrorist disaster forces us to ask whether law and ethics authorize aggressive triage, isolation and quarantine, compelled treatment, and access to private medical records, among other public health measures. One of the toughest questions is the proper role of force. The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have commissioned a Model State Emergency Health Powers Act now being debated and slated to be introduced in the Minnesota legislature. This symposium will tackle the full range of legal and ethical issues raised by efforts to protect the public's health in the face of bioterrorism. Confirmed speakers and panelists include Prof. Larry Gostin, JD, LLD (Georgetown and Johns Hopkins), principal author of the Model Act; Prof. Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, Director of the University's Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy; Jan Malcolm, Minnesota's Commissioner of Health; Terry O'Brien, Esq., a former Assistant Attorney General in Minnesota; Prof. Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, Director of the University's Center for Bioethics; and John Hick, MD, Faculty Physician, Hennepin County Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine. The symposium will be free and open to the public.

Location:
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center

For more information: visit www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu/conferences/ or call 612-625-0055.

 

January 30, 2002, 12:30 pm
"A Twice Promised Land: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict."
Dr. Steven Derfler will give a PowerPoint presentation entitled "A Twice Promised Land: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" on Wednesday, January 30 at 12:30 p.m. The The talk is free and open to the public. For more information contact Amy Olson of the Hillel Center at 612/379-4026.

Location: West Bank Auditorium of Willey Hall, University of Minnesota.

 

February 1, 2002, 3:15 pm
"Rethinking the History of Species: Why a Cynical View Might Help."
Gordon McOuat of Kings College in Halifax will speak as part of the History of Science and Technology's Spring Colloquium.

Location: The lecture is on Friday, February 1st at 3:35 p.m. in Room 131 of the Tate Laboratory of Physics. Refreshments to be served at 3:15 p.m. in Room 216 of the same building.

For further information, please contact Barbara Eastwold at 612/624-7069 or eastworld@physics.spa.umn.edu.

 

February 7, 2002, 12:00 pm
Domestic Violence and Human Rights: An Introduction Presented by the Honorable Mary Lou Klas.
Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights present Women's Human Rights Speaker Series Domestic Violence and Human Rights: An Introduction Presented by the Honorable Mary Lou Klas Thursday, February 7, 2002, at 12:00 P.M. at Briggs and Morgan, PA, 2400 IDS Center, in Minneapolis (lunch will be served) In July, 2000 Judge Mary Lou Klas retired from fourteen years on Minnesota's Second District trial court bench. As a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court's Committee on Gender Fairness in the Courts since 1989, Judge Klas chaired the Committee's Family Law and Domestic Violence Curriculum Committee. She has served as adjunct professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law, and chair of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Bar Association and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She received a Distinguished Humanitarian Award from the Ramsey County Bar Association, a Pro Bono Public Attorney Award from the Minnesota Bar Association, a Distinguished Alumna Award from William Mitchell College of Law and a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN. This is the fourth in a series of lunchtime speakers dedicated to improving awareness of women's human rights issues. Please join us the first Thursday of each month for a new presentation.

Location: Briggs and Morgan, PA, 2400 IDS Center.

For more information, please contact Amelia at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. Please R.S.V.P. to Amelia Buttress at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights by noon on Tuesday, February 5th. Phone: (612) 341-3302 ext. 107 Email: abuttress@mnadvocates.org

 

February 19, 2002, 7:00pm
Israel and the Palestinians: Is There Still a Chance for Peace?
Linda Gradstein, National Public Radio Israel Correspondent, will speak. The talk is free and no tickets are required.

Location: Room 25 of the Law School, 229 19th Ave. S.

For more information call Hillel at 612-379-4026.

 

February 20, 2002, noon
Cloning and the Challenge to Human Dignity.
Please join us for a noon-hour lecture by Jean Bethke Elshtain, PhD, on Wednesday, 20 February in Mayo 125. The lecture is generously cosponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (MacArthur Program), and the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies. Prof. Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. Her work, reflected in 20 volumes, authored or edited, intensively explores the relationship between ethical and political convictions and the ethical implications of political and social policies. On the present complex of issues she has also provided congressional testimony. (A biographical link is at www.umn.edu/phrm)

 

February 21, 2002, 7:00p.m.
In Celebration of Purim: The Great Latke Hamentash Debate.
President Yudof will moderate this all-important debate as four distinguished faculty members present academic papers on the virtues of the latke and the Hamentash. Defending the latke will be Professors Judith Katz and Azzan Yadin. Defending the Hamentash will be Professors Les Block and Elaine Tyler May. Latkes and Hamentashen will be served! Free and open to the public.

Location
: Cowles Auditorium in the Humphrey Center, 301 19th Ave. S.

For more information call Hillel at 612-379-4026

 

February 21-22, 2002
"Arms Availability and Human Rights."
The conference at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis will bring together an interdisciplinary group of experts on arms issues to address some of the unanswered questions surrounding the effects, transfer, and misuse of small arms and light weapons in the context of human rights, such as: How are human rights affected by the availability and misuse of weapons? How should international human rights obligations affect state responsibility regarding the transfer and use of small arms and light weapons? Does the increased availability of weapons constitute a proximate cause of violations of human rights and humanitarian law? What further national and international standards or actions are needed to address human rights violations that result from the misuse of small arms and light weapons? This groundbreaking conference aims to bring together the human rights and arms control movements to strategize about legal and diplomatic means to curb the human rights violations that result from the arms trade. The Human Rights Program and the European Studies Consortium at the University of Minnesota organized the conference. The objectives of the Human Rights Program, which was established in fall 2001, include bringing together faculty, students, and international human rights experts to create opportunities for research and action on issues of common interest. The public program will take place on Friday morning, February 22, at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The public event will also feature members of the domestic gun control movement in the United States, including a keynote address by Mary Leigh Blek, National Director of Million Mom March.

Location: Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

For more information on the symposium and registration forms, see http://esc.cla.umn.edu/ArmsAvailability.htm.

 

February 23-24, 2002
Upper Midwest Connection at the University of Minnesota Law School.
This is a weekend long exchange of information and ideas designed to strengthen our abilities to work together as members of Amnesty International-USA's Midwest region. As Amnesty International faces the challenges of defending human rights in a period of rapid globalization and the post Sept. 11th "New World Order," what has been and will continue to be the backbone of this organization is the power of its grassroots activism. The Upper Midwest Connection will focus on harnessing this power to continue to strengthen this region. We do so as we stand shoulder to shoulder with our fellow activists across this country and around the globe. Strength comes in numbers. So too can knowledge, understanding, and unity. On Feb. 23rd and 24th we will share our knowledge, broaden our understanding, and become more united. Please join us! Pre-registration is not required (except for free housing), but it will help us to make the conference more enjoyable for everyone.

For registration and more info. Email amnesty@waste.org or call Joe Kirchhof at 612.301.0768 with any questions or visit http://waste.org/amnesty/connection/

 

February 24, 2002, 10:00 a.m.
FACULTY AND GRAD STUDENT BRUNCH PROGRAM.
Robert Lavenda, Professor of Anthropology at St. Cloud State University will speak on the topic Anti-Semitism at St. Cloud State University. The cost is $5 for students and $10 for non-students. RSVP by email by Thursday, February 21. The admission includes brunch. Reply to Hillel Foundation: 612-379-4026. Hillel at the University of Minnesota 1521 University Ave. SE. Minneapolis, MN 55414 Parking on University Avenue is free on Sundays

 

March 1-2, 2002, 10:00am - 4:00pm.
The Future of Southern Sudan: Differing Perspectives.
The Sudan spans territory greater than all of Western Europe. This enormous African nation is richly diverse in geography and climate, race and ethnicity, history and religioun, and is characterized by a largely Islamic north and largely animist and Christian south. Yet since independence from Great Britian in 1956, the Sudan's diversity has largely been a cruse. Armed conflict and related famines have claimed two million Sudanese lives since the start of its second civil war in 1983. Recent expansions in its globally connected oil industry supplies the Sudanese government even more means and motivation for its continued assault on southern peoples. The Sudanese Symposium at Macalester College brings together four leading experts on the Sudan's ongoing war: Francis M. Deng, a renowned scholar who is Sudan's former minster of state; Jemera Rone, the Sudan expert at Human Rights Watch; Abdullahi A. An-Na'im, a distinguished northern Sudanese legal scholar of Islam and human rights; and Donald Petterson, a top State Departments Africanist who formerly served as U.S. ambassador to Sudan. The two-day conferenc, highlighted also by public responses by Macalester faculty and students, will grapple with questions of identity, religion, violence, the state, and hitory - all in the context of the future of southern Sudan.

Free and open to the public.

Location:
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, on Grand Avenue just West of Snelling Avenue, Saint Paul.

 

March 7-9, 2002
The Great Plains Migrations 26th Annual Symposium.
The symposium will take place in Lincoln, Nebraska. Advance registration fee for the symposium is $75 and must be postmarked by February 28, 2002. To receive the special conference rate at the Cornhusker Hotel, the hotel must have your registration by February 9, 2002.

For more information, contact the Center for Great Plains Studies at 402/472-3082 or cgps@unl.edu for complete details.

 

March 14, 2002, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Human Molecular Genetics and the Subject of Race: Contrasting Theory and Rhetoric with Practical Applications in Law and Medicine.

Prof. Troy Duster, University of California at Berkeley, will give a presentation. Prof. Duster is Professor of Sociology at New York University and Director of the American Cultures Center at the University of California, Berkeley, where is he also Chancellor's Professor of Sociology. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Germ-Line Intervention and has been a member of the Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences. From 1995-98, he served as member and then chair of the joint NIH/DOE advisory committee on Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project (the ELSI Working Group). Publications include Cultural Perspectives on Biological Knowledge (1984) and Backdoor to Eugenics (1990), a book on the social implications of the new technologies in molecular biology. Regarding his presentation, Prof. Duster writes, "In recent years, a consortium of scientists across a range of disciplines have declared that the concept of race is of no utility in science. However, there have been simultaneous developments in the practical uses of the new molecular genetics technologies in medicine and law that indicate just how difficult it will be to purge science, medicine, and clinical genetics of an idea that is so deeply embedded in the routine practices, the practical applications, and the ever-recurring 'proxies for race.' In medicine, the new field of pharmacogenomics is attempting to fine-tune the delivery of drugs to specific populations based upon DNA profiles--ethnicity and race primary among them. In law, forensic science is moving ahead to use genetic markers to predict whether a criminal suspect is from a particular ethnic or racial group. This presentation will examine some of the social and political implications of these developments."

For more information call 612-625-0055

Location: William G. Shepherd Room, Weisman Art Museum

 

April 30, 2002, 7:00 p.m.
Join Amnesty International to end Police Harassment and Beatings of Peaceful Protestors in India's Narmada Valley.
Many protesters, especially women, have been targeted by Indian police for peacefully protesting the environmentally destructive Narmada Valley Development Project. The Narmada Valley Development Project is a large series of dams for a hydro-electric project that threatens destroy valuable forests and agricultural lands, wipe out biodiversity, and displace 1.5 million people. The local populations speaking out against it have been subject to police arrest and beatings while their concerns about inadequate relocation plans have been ignored. As part of our Just Earth! campaign to defend those who defend the environment we will be hosting speaker Patrick McCully, Campaigns Director of International Rivers Network, who has worked closely with this issue for many years. Please join us to find out more about this pressing issue, and find out what you can do about it.

Location: University of Minnesota, Ford Hall, Room 150

For more information: call 612-301-0768 or email amnesty@waste.org

 

March 16 ­ May 5, 2002
Silent Witness: Genocide in the Landscape.
Silent Witness: Genocide in the Landscape is a photography exhibition featuring work that addresses how the landscape holds on to evidence of atrocities committed on it. We discovered the work of Simon Norfolk collected in his book For most of it I have no words: Genocide ­ Landscape ­ Memory. The title is a quote from Edward R. Morrow upon viewing the horror of Buchenwald just after World War Two. Likewise, without words, his landscapes describe the horror of eight sites where genocide occurred in the 20th century. The photographs are sequenced chronologically from latest incident in Rwanda proceeding back through time until the crime against the Herero in the Namibia desert. Covered between those two are the incidents in Cambodia, Vietnam, Auschwitz, Dresden, the Ukraine and Armenia. The photographs document the relentless march of entropy as it works to erase the evidence of the crimes and with it the persistence of memory; it is nature returning to its innocence. But can the landscape, or can we, ever return to innocence? Despite their haunting beauty, the essence of what happened in these landscapes still remains, referring metaphorically to the indelible scars these acts have left on our collective psyche.

We will also present work by Keith Holmes, who extensively photographed people and places throughout Croatia and Bosnia following the conflict in these areas during the 1990s. He printed these images on bricks that were coated with photo emulsion and reconstructed them into sections of destroyed walls. The resulting "Brick by Brick" project metaphorically speaks to the fragmentation of the individual psyche and the shattering of the ethnic identity of a people subjected to "ethnic cleansing".

pARTs also commissioned new work informed by the landscapes where mass killings took place during genocidal conflicts European Americans waged on Native Americans in the 19th century. Photographer Doug Beasley visited Wounded Knee South Dakota, the site of the mass hangings of the Dakota at Mankato, Minnesota in 1862, and the site where the U.S. Army distributed smallpox infected blankets to Native peoples, possibly the first instance of biological warfare in
Location: history. Instead of making landscape documents of these places, Beasley seeks out the small and simple acts of devotion that contribute to the sacredness of the site.

Location: pARTs Photographic Arts, 711 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408

For more information: 612-824-5500 www.partsphoto.org

Admission: $3

 

May 9, 2002, 5:00 p.m. Reception
"Slavery Reparations".
Presentation and book signing by Randall Robinson at 6:00 p.m..

Location: Humphrey Institute.

RSVP by May 1; call 672-3852

 

May 10, 2002, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
"Health Care in Nazi Germany: Meanings and Morality".
Andre Mineau, PhD Department of Religious Studies and Ethics University of Quebec, Rimouski.

Location: Shepard Room, Weisman Art Museum

For more information:
call 612-624-9440.

 

May 10-12, 2002
Impossible Citizens: Engendering Politics in a Comparative World Perspective.
The conference will present two lectures and discussions open to the public, both in Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School, West Bank, University of Minnesota:

Friday, May 10, 3:00 reception, 3:30-5 lecture Claudia Koonz, "Engendering Ethnic Warfare" Claudia Koonz is professor of history at Duke University. She is the author of Mothers in the Fatherland: Women, the Family and Nazi Politics. Claudia Koonz will use Rwanda in the 1990s and Germany in the 1930s as sites within which to examine the state-sponsored diffusion of knowledges about "others." Against the promise of authenticity held out by gendered ethnic identity, she will look at the claims of citizenship embodied in human rights discourses. A comparison of victim memory in post-genocidal Rwanda and Israel will set the stage for further discussions of the dilemmas inherent in each of the three sessions of this conference.

Saturday, May 11, 3:30-5:30 Gender and South Asian Nationalism Ritu Menon, "Muslim Women and Citizenship in India" Ritu Menon is an Indian writer and activist and co-founder of Kali for Women, India's first feminist publishing house, in New Delhi. She is the co- author of Borders & Boundaries: Women in India's Partition (1998), and has co-edited several anthologies of women's writing in translation.

There will also be workshop sessions where participants discuss papers which have been circulated in advance. How does a gender analysis transform our understanding of politics in a comparative perspective? This conference looks at the fields of knowledge that open up when feminist analyses move beyond our initial task, which was including women in the body politic, to examine how gender and sexuality lend meaning and materiality to such fundamental notions as citizenship, national identity, and national mission. Speakers will explore how gender and sexuality mobilize ethnic and national violence. The conference will also examine how citizenship reproduces normative genders and sexualities and how it can be turned against such norms. We look at how gender and sexuality transform human rights and civil rights goals, and how those projects are at once an excuse for nation building and a means to contest national identities and boundaries. Cultural citizenship, cultural production and consumption as practices of nation-building and resistance to national power will also be a focus.

To register for the workshop sessions: please send $10 (which will cover coffee, snacks and lunch on Saturday) by April 28, to CAFS, 425 Ford Hall/224 Church St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455-0110.

For more information, email CAFS at or call Susie Bullington at 612-624-0305.

Organized by the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies, and sponsored and funded by the Institute for Global Studies and the Humanities Institute, additional funds from the Center for German and European Studies, the European Studies Consortium, the History Department and the Center for Austrian Studies.


Upcoming Fall Events

 

May 29, 2002, 7:00 p.m.
Public Lecture and Book Signing "Teaching for Unity and Diversity in a Time of National Crisis" .
Shepherd Room, Weisman Art Museum University of Minnesota. Free Admission. Reception to follow in the adjacent Fiterman Gallery. James A. Banks is Russell F. Stark University Professor and Directer of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is past President of the American Research Educational Assoication and past President of the National Council for Social Studies. Professor Banks is a specialist in social studies education and in multicultural education, and has written many articles and books in these fields.

Shawn Lewis Agency Resource Associate Agency Services Department Greater Twin Cities United Way Work Phone (651) 291-8366 Fax Number (651) 291-5353 General Info (612) 340-7400 Pager (612) 299-0434 Website http://www.unitedwaytwincities.org

 

June 2002
Student Scholarships in Poland.
Jewish educational and cultural center in Oswiecim (Auschwitz), Poland seeks students for a unique and educational internship summer 2002. The Auschwitz Jewish Center is offering scholarships for two to three ambitious, creative, and talented students to work with a dynamic team in Poland on a variety of projects. The Center houses an exhibit, a genealogy center, a survivor testimony film, classroom space, and a restored synagogue. The newly opened Auschwitz Jewish Center receives thousands of visitors from around the world. Student Scholars will work in Oswiecim and Krakow. In addition to many interesting projects at the Center, student scholars will have the opportunity to work on independent research projects or volunteer with a local Jewish community. The Jewish Center will assist the students in finding resources and contacts, or a topic for independent research. Projects must be approved by the Foundation.

Requirements: Each applicant must be entering his/her senior year of college or have already completed an undergraduate degree. The student must display a strong interest or have a background in one or more of the following fields: Modern Jewish history, Jewish communal service, or informal Jewish education. Interest in eastern Europe and museum work will also be highly considered. The student must be fluent in English. Knowledge of a second language is a plus (i.e., Hebrew, German, Yiddish, Polish, etc.).

Application: All candidates must submit a current resume, 1 letter of recommendation (either from a professor or an employer), 2 additional references (including names and contact information), and a personal statement (not to exceed 1000 words) identifying his/her interest in the internship. Application must arrive in our NY office via E-mail, mail or fax by Friday, April 12, 2002.

Orientation and Program Dates: The program will run for approximately eight weeks. There is a required Orientation to take place in New York in June 2002. The internship dates are somewhat flexible between June and August.

Scholarship: The following expenses will be covered by the Foundation: Airfare (NY-Poland-NY), Housing in Krakow and Oswiecim, Orientation-related expenses in NY, Pre-approved work-related expenses, Completion stipend.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact Nadine Greenfield or Renata Nowak-Garmer at (212) 575-1050 or at ajcf@ajcf.org.

 

June 6, 2002, 12:00 P.M.
Bringing Women' s International Human Rights Home.
Presented by Aviva Breen. Aviva Breen recently retired from her position as the Director of Minnesota's Legislative Commission on the Economic Status of Women. During her 18 years as the Executive Director, she worked to pass important pieces of legislation, including Minnesota's parental leave law (one of the first in the country), and Minnesota's Pay Equity law, (the first and only in the country). Prior to her work at the commission Aviva represented the interests of low-income clients before the Minnesota legislature. She worked on passing the first domestic violence legislation in Minnesota in 1979. She has taught Legislative Advocacy and Women's Human Rights at the William Mitchell College of Law. As the co-chair of the Women' s Program at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, She has participated in training workshops in Bulgaria and Nepal. She has received many awards for her work, including Minnesota Advocates' volunteer award and Minnesota Women Lawyers' Myra Bradwell award.

This is the eighth in a series of lunchtime speakers dedicated to improving awareness of women's human rights issues. Please join us the first Thursday of each month for a new presentation. For more information, please contact Amelia at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.

R.S.V.P. to Amelia Buttress at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights by noon on Tuesday, June 4th. Phone: (612) 341-3302 ext. 107 email: abuttress@mnadvocates.org

Location: Briggs and Morgan, PA, 2400 IDS Center, in Minneapolis (lunch will be served)

 

June 22-27, 2002
Holocaust Education Summer Institute at Colombia University.
The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, based in New York and concerned with Holocaust Education announces its Summer Institute at Columbia University, June 23-27, 2002. CHGS is designated as a "Center of Excellence" and has been awarded two scholarships for nominated pre-college teachers, preferably on high school level. The Institute allows teachers to utilize a new textbook, meet with some of the best scholars, and exchange methodologies with other teachers. CHGS has applications for the program and will send them to interested teachers. Applications are due by March 1. Decisions will be made by March 15, 2002.

For information and application, contact Kathryne Walls Snyder at 612-624-0256.



June17 - July 5, 2002
Continuing Education program for Teachers in Wittenberg, Germany.
K-12 teachers of German who teach in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest will study in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, with special overnight excursions to Berlin and Weimar. Particpants will be invited to arrive in Wittenberg on June 16, 2002 and depart July 5, 2002 ESTIMATED COST TO PARTICIPANT: $800. Balance subsidized by Center for German and European Studies at U of M and DAAD Program of the German Government. FEATURES: Experience German life, language and culture intensively for 3 weeks. Visits to East german schools and meeting with German counterparts; expanding and renewing German language skills; examine world wide web as learning tool; developing new teaching materials. CEU's offered through College of Education.

For information contact:
Center for German and European Studies at cges@tc.umn.edu

 

July 10 & 11, 15-18, 2002. 6 days 9-3PM.
U of M Summer Workshop: Art, Aesthetics and Visual Representation of the Holocaust.
The course will focus of visual responses to the rise of Nazism, the issues of aesthetics in Germany history and culture that led to the Holocaust, representations from the camps, post-Holocaust art, monuments and some issues that are posed by films viewed from an artistic view, rather than feature-length movie quality. In essence, the focus of the course is the encounter between the Holocaust as event and post-Holocaust visual representation in the realm of popular culture. Designed for teachers who are interested in introducing art and film into their courses about the Holocaust. Other genocides will be considered as well. Instructor: Stephen Feinstein & guest speakers, artists TUITION FELLOWSHIP: 50% tuition reduction courtesy of a grant from the Minneapolis Jewish Community Foundation. REGISTER EARLY: SPACE IS LIMITED.

Reply to Sarah Herzog, Center for West European Studies at sherzog@tc.umn.edu.

 


August 6 to August 16, 2002
Genocide and Human Rights Summer University Program by the Zoryan Institute.
Under the auspices of its Genocide Studies Division, the Zoryan Institute has invited internationally renowned scholars to participate in this unique course, including Taner Akam, Yair Auron, Frank Chalk, Vahakn Dadrian, Lorne Shirinian, Roger Smith, and Khachig Tllyan. These specialists will explore these topics and others, in depth, in their seminars:

* The history of genocide, its causes, methods and mechanics. * The theoretical and comparative approach to genocide (with emphasis on the Armenian Genocide, the Jewish Holocaust, and the Rwandan Genocide as case studies). * Uniqueness vs. universality. * Genocide Denial (methodology and psychology) and countering it. * The development and the future of diasporas resulting from genocide. * International politics and genocide. * The legal aspects of genocide. * Psychological consequences of genocide. * Artistic expressions as a response to genocide. * Approaches to genocide and human rights in school curricula. * The possibilities of dialogue and reconciliation between perpetrator and victim groups. * Prevention of genocide.

The Zoryan Institute, recognizing the importance of these issues and the effects of genocide on survivors and their descendents, announces an intensive, two-week university program on Genocide & Human Rights. This program provides a unique opportunity for students who have completed a minimum of one year of university studies to take part in a university level program in the field of Genocide and Human Rights. The course will analyze genocide through a multi-disciplinary approach and provide the intellectual framework for understanding emotional responses to genocide, as well as explore the universality of the issues related to genocide. The course will run from Tuesday, August 6 to August 16, 2002, and will be held at Victoria University at the University of Toronto. More detailed information is available through the link: http://www.zoryan.org/.

 

August 5-10, 2002
"Dreaming of a New Reality" The Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices.
August 5-7, 2002 for Pre-Conference Workshops. August 8-10, 2002 for the Conference. Pre-Conference Trainings and Conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Howard Johnson Thunderbird Hotel and Conference Center. Conference Speakers include: Tim Newell, Governor of Grendon Prison, United Kingdom, on using conferencing in correctional facilities. The Honorable Heino Lilles, Judge, Yukon Terrritorial Court, Canada, on running sentencing circles with offenders. Vidia Negrea, Psychologist, Hungary, on developing a restorative school for delinquent youth. Dave Piperato, Principal, Palisades High School, Pennsylvania, USA, and Joe Roy, Principal, Springfield Township High School, Pennsylvania, on using restorative practices in education. Liz Quinnett, San Diego County Children's Services, California, USA, on the experiences of conducting hundreds of family group conferences for children. Proposals for Presentations have been coming in from such countries as: United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Rwanda, Phillipines and the United States. Pre-Conference Workshops: Real Justice Conference Facilitator Training Restorative Practices in the Workplace Serious Offenses Seminar Real Justice Training of Trainers Introduction to Restorative Practices Restorative Supervision

 

August 11-16, 2002
Human Rights for Educators Summer Institute.
Spend five dynamic days in sunny Southern California, with a wide range of experts and fellow educators from all levels, learning human rights and how to transform your students with these values, as mandated by California law. Learn how to integrate human rights in the classroom so as to comply with the California Education Code and the Standards for Social Science. Learn what your human rights are. Learn the legal rights of teachers, parents and children in the educational system. Connect with other human right educators. Promote tolerance and cultural sensitivity at your school. Empower your students and build their self-worth.

Location: University of California - Irvine

Tuition (including room & board): $850 or Tuition only $500

For more information contact Professor H. Victor Conde: Human Rights Institute for Educators, P.O. Box 1634, Costa Mesa, California 92628-1634
Phone: 714.730.2789
Email: HVChumnrts@aol.com
http://www.hvconde.com

 

September 6-7, 2002
The Access to Essential Medicines EXPO.
Sponsored by Doctors Without Borders. The interactive exhibit, which was awarded a 1999 Nobel Peace Prize, is housed in a 48-foot tractor-trailer. Using photographs and multimedia, the exhibit highlights the need for more research and development into treatments for diseases that affect the world's poor. The exhibit will be located on Harvard Street at East River Parkway, across from the main entrance to Fairview-University Medical Center. The event is free and open to the public. Click here http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/outreach/expo/ for more information on the EXPO.

For more information, contact the International Medical Education and Research Program of the University of Minnesota Medical School Mayo Mail Code 293 420 Delaware Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455-0374
Phone: 612-625-7933 Fax: 612-626-4200
imer@umn.edu



September 9, 2002, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The World After September 11, 2001.
MIC invites you to hear an international leader with St. Paul connections on Monday, September 9. Baroness Williams, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the British House of Lords, will share a perspective on current world issues post- September 11th. This program is cosponsored by the British American Business Council. Who: Baroness Williams, leader of the Liberal Democrats, House of Lords When: Monday, September 9; registration and reception 5:30 P; program 6:15-7:30 P Where: University Club, 420 Summit Avenue, St. Paul. Valet parking available. Cost: MIC Members $10; Non-members $15.

 

September 12-13, 2002
Conference on the Armenian Diaspora.
All events will take place at the Roy Wilkins Room Hubert H. Humphrey Center West Bank Campus University of Minnesota. For more information on these events, please e-mail cges@umn.edu or call 612 626 7705.

Schedule

September 12, 2002, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
The Republic of Armenia: Does History Repeat Itself?
This is a lecture on the state of Armenia held in conjunction with a conference on the Armenian Diaspora at the University of Minnesota. Richard G. Hovannisian is the leading historian of modern Armenia in the United States. For many years he has been Professor of Armenian and Near Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His multi-volume study, The Republic of Armenia, was pathbreaking when its first part was published in 1971 and has since become the standard work in the field. He has written or edited many other books, including The Armenian Genocide in Perspective (1986), and has published more than sixty scholarly articles. Prof. Hovannisian has been honored with many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1982, he was honored by His Holiness Karekin II of the Great House of Cilicia with the Medal of St. Mesrop Mashtots for his advancement of Armenian studies. In 1998, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the first Armenian republic in 1918, he was presented the Movses Khorenatsi (primary classical Armenian historian) medal and award by the Republic of Armenia. In November, 2001, on the occasion of his 40th anniversary in the field of Armenian Studies, Prof. Hovannisian received an encyclical and the medal of Saints Sahak and Mesrop from His Holiness Garegin II, Supreme Patriarch-Catholicos. Reception to follow.

September 13, 2002
Armenians Before and After the Genocide: History, Culture, and Memory. (Day 2 of Conference on the Armenian Diaspora)

8:30-9:10
The Armenian Merchants of Safavid
Iran Stephen Blake, St. Olaf College

9:10-9:50
Narrative, Memory, and Identity in the Armenian Diaspora
Lorne Shirinian, Royal Military College, Ottawa, Canada

9:50-10:05
Break

10:05-10:45
Armenians in France and the Genocide
Philippe Videlier, CRNS Lyons, France

10:45-11:25
Armenian Literature in the Diaspora
Kevork Bardakjian, University of Michigan

11:25-12:00
Commentary
Richard Hovannisian, UCLA

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:40
The Armenian School in Cyprus
Theofanis Stavrou, University of Minnesota

1:40-2:40
Armenians in Turkey in the 1920s and 1930s
Soner Cagatpay, Yale University

2:40-3:00
Commentary
Taner Akam, University of Minnesota

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-3:55
Moving Beyond Preservation: Literacy and Identity in the Making
Armin Yaghejian, McGill University

3:55-4:35
William Saroyan and the Armenian Diaspora Experience
Dickran Kouymjian, California State University at Fresno

4:35-5:30
Concluding Remarks and Discussion
Nathan Glazer, Harvard University

Cultural Program (evening): TBA

 

September 13-14
Spaces of Possibility: Arts and Reconciliation in Israel/Palestine.
As part of a year-long lecture series addressing the Arts and Social Responsibility the Department of Theater Arts and Dance will host a symposium presented in conjunction with the Space/Place Research group's inter-disciplinary explorations of place, memory, and identity and the Arts Quarter initiative for collaboration among the arts with support from the Institute for Global Studies. Designed to have resonance with while not attempting to memorialize the events of September 11, the symposium focuses on two artistic sites that bring together Arab and Jewish participants. Both sites animate the complex relationships of place and identity in Israel/Palestine, a terrain in which modernist notions of the nation-state no longer adequately address connections among territory, ethnos, and state.

The symposium will take place on Friday September 13 and Saturday September 14 in the Thrust Theater of Rarig Center at the University of Minnesota. Friday, September 13 features an evening showing of Peace of Mind, a documentary created by Palestinian and Israeli youth who spent several weeks together at the Seeds of Peace summer camp in Maine. The award-winning documentary, filmed and edited by the youth under the guidance of the Global Action Project, tracks a year in the their lives between 1997-98. One of the featured youth, Amer Kamal, a Palestinian student now living in the US, will speak following the showing.

On Saturday, September 14, guest artist Gaby Aldor will present on her work with the Hebrew-Arabic Theater of Jaffa, Israeli. The theater is one of the few in the region bringing together Palestinian and Jewish Israelis. Aldor will discuss the theater's latest project, Longing/Exile at Home, a collaboratively developed site-specific piece exploring diaspora, space, and memory with a group of Jewish and Arab Israeli performers. The production, featured in the New York Times, recently won an award as the best performance and play of the year in Israel. Both Peace of Mind and Aldor's presentation on Longing will be followed by University of Minnesota respondents from a variety of disciplines including theater arts, dance, visual arts, political science, cultural studies, Anthropology, Jewish studies, and geography. The event is co-sponsored by the Arts Quarter, the Space and Place Research Group of the Humanities Institute, and the Institute for Global Studies with support from Jewish Studies.

For further information contact Sonja Kuftinec at 612-626-9238 or skuftinec@aol.com.

 

September 18, 2002
Environmental Opportunities in Central & Eastern Europe.
Join the Minnesota Trade Office for an afternoon business conference on entry or expansion into the Central/Eastern European markets for environmental services and technologies. Speakers include trade and finance specialists from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Small Business Administration and Ex-Im Bank. For more information, contact 651.297.4650.

 

September 23, 2002, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Jamaica and the U.S.
MIC Ambassador Series Join MIC and the Organization for Strategic Development in Jamaica (OSDJ) on Monday, September 23, as His Excellency Seymour Mullings, Jamaica's ambassador to the U.S., addresses U.S.-Jamaica relations highlighting recent changes in Jamaica's government and business opportunities for Minnesota companies. Who: His Excellency Seymour Mullings, Jamaica's ambassador to the U.S. When: Monday, September 23; registration 11:30 A.; lunch at noon; program 12:30-1:30 P Where: Windows on Minnesota, 50th Floor, IDS Tower, 710 Marquette Ave., downtown Minneapolis. Cost: MIC members $25; Non-members $35; Limited program-only seating $10. Walk-in registrations for lunch please add $5.

 

September 26, 2002, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Finding Common Ground: Solutions for Middle East Peace.
(MIC Cosponsored Program) Throughout the last two years of the current intifada in Israel and the West Bank, the media has focused on the conflict and violence. Join MIC and Macalester College on Thursday, September 26, for a unique program focused on finding a solution to the conflict, featuring a prominent Palestinian moderate and an Israeli counterpart. Former Senator George Mitchell, author of the Mitchell Committee Report on the Mideast, will moderate and offer his insights on this issue. What: Panel discussion When: Thursday, September 26, 4:30-6:00 P Where: Macalester College, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons, Snelling/Grand Aves., St. Paul Cost: FREE, tickets required from the Minnesota International Center or Ruminator Books. For details, call Macalester College Relations 651.696.6203 or MIC 612.626.4987.




September 26-27, 2002, 8a.m.-3:30p.m.
Moving Towards Respect.
This is a curriculum program aimed at middle and high schools focusing on encouraging espectful attitudes and behavior in students by examining the nature of stereotyping, scapegoating, and personal responsibility. The lessons and activities have application for a wide range of subject areas and educational programs. 10 Teaching modules will be examined, such as The Holocaust, apathy, prejudice, intolerance. Workshop leader: Cor Suijk, who has been the Director of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam for 27 years. During World War II, he was imprisoned by the Nazi occupation authorities as a resistance fighter. Otto Frank allowed him to be the holder of several pages of The Diary of Anne Frank that were not included in the original edition. Barry van Driel. Educational Director of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam Ellen Fettner, Cincinnati Educator and guide for Historic Sites tour of Europe. These three educators have been working together for the "Moving Towards Respect" curriculum for several years.

Location: Buckham Memorial Library Conference Room 11 Division Street E Fairbault, MN

FEE: $200 for educators outside District 656 includes lunchs, beverages, snacks and curriculum materials for the 2 day workshop.

For CEU's and other information, contact Ellen Bisping at bisbing@means.net. PHONE: 507-334-6827

Checks are payable to "DISTRICT 656" and may be mailed to: Ellen Bisping Fairbault High School 330 SW 9th Avenue Fairbault, MN 55021

 

September 26-28, 2002
"Federal Elections in Germany 2002: The Government of the Red-Green Coalition after Four Years in Office."
A conference of the University of Minnesota Department of Political Science and Center for German and European Studies in cooperation with Washington Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, College of Liberal Arts (U of M).

For More Information, please contact Werner Reutter * E-mail: wreutter@polisci.umn.edu * Telephone: (612) 626-0594

 

September 28, 2002, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Earth Charter Community Summit --Twin Cities: "A Declaration of Interdependence"
. Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd are the noted authors/speakers, this husband-and-wife team promotes a philosophy of science-based cosmology in the tradition of cultural historian Thomas Berry and cosmologist Brian Swimme. Paul Hawken: (web-cast from Philadelphia): Paul is the best selling-author of The Ecology of Business and Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution. He is known around the worl d as one of the leading architects and proponents of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices.

CHILDREN WELCOME! Youth activities for elementary and junior high children will take place througho ut the day, concurrent with the Summit.

LUNCH: There will be a lunch break between NOON-1:30PM. You may lunch at one of many restaurants nearby, or bring your own. During this break, activities, displays, information tables & discussion groups will be ongoing.

LOCAL HOST SPONSOR: Soka Gakkai International-USA/Minnesota

OTHER SPONSORS INCLUDE: Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (43 organizations); Alliance for Sustainability; North American Coalition for Christianity and Ecology; Alliance for Democracy-Minnesota; United Nations Association-Minnesota; University of Minnesota, Human Rights Center; Great River Earth Institute; Green Alliance-Minnesota

PLACE: University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (corner of 19th Avenue So uth and 4th Street South, near Cedar and Riverside intersection).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Nancy Dunlavy, 651-647-1631, ndunlavy@attbi.com
Local web site: http://www.c4cr.org/earthcharter.html
Earth Charter information: www.earthcharter.org

 

October 5-8, 2002.
WWII-Era POWs.
An international "Conference on WWII-Era POWs" will take place 5-8 October 2002 in Muscatine, Iowa--the site of a former German POW camp and a current exhibit, "The Third Reich in Iowa: German POW Art and Artifacts". 20 former German POWs and their families will be present, as will Iowa POWs who were in Germany. Keynote speaker Lewis Carlson (Western Michigan U.) co-authored--with Dresden museum director and panelist Norbert Haase--"We Were Each Other's Prisoners/Warten auf Freiheit". Additional panelists include Heino Erichsen (former German soldier and POW, now head of the adoption agency los Ninos) and Howard Hong (one-time War Prisoners Aid of World YMCA representative who toured most Midwest POW camps during WWII) and Mike Waters, a Texas A & M anthropology professor who heads POW-camp excavations. The Monday Film Night will feature at least 3 POW-related films and their makers. The exhibit will feature some of the more than 1,500 items from TRACES' collection, including many works of art, photographs, letters, journals, personal affects and other relics, 6 October 2002 till 5 January 2003 at the Muscatine [Iowa] Arts Center.

For more information, to register or submit proposals for conference presentations, visit TRACES.org, or
contact http://www.eicc.edu/mcc/pows.html or
Kari Allen at Eastern Iowa Community College
306 West River Driver
Davenport/Iowa 52801-1221
1-888-336-3907
fax: 1-563-336-3350
Email: ksallen@eiccd.cc.ia.us

 

October 8, 2002 - February 11, 2003
A Human Rights Culture: Bridging Classroom, Curriculum and Community.
Minnesota Global and Human Rights Education Network presents an exciting new course for middle and high school educators. As teachers, we are asked to provide a quality-learning environment for students who come from very diverse backgrounds. Our students come from different cultural, economic, racial, and linguistic backgrounds, and it can be a challenge to bring such diverse groups together. This course will highlight a framework for addressing and teaching about international and local issues that affect all of us in a multicultural school environment. The course is for Minnesota middle and high school educators in all fields, particularly social sciences and ELL.

Course Dates ---------------- The class meets on the second Tuesday in October, November, January and February from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the Resource Center of the Americas in Minneapolis. On-street parking is available.

Tuesday, October 8, 2002, The Universality of Cultures and Human Rights?

Tuesday, November 12, 2002, From Civil Rights to Human Rights

Tuesday January 14, 2003, Economic Rights in a Diverse Classroom

Tuesday, February 11, 2003, Visioning the Future: Best Practices

The four workshops are being offered as a course, but each may be taken separately. The registration fee covers instruction, guest speakers, written materials and food. Earn 1 CEU with completion of four-workshop course. Cost for Four-workshop course: $50. Cost for Individual workshops: $15

For More Information Contact: Sarah Herzog
Phone: 612-624-7346
Email: sherzog@umn.edu
Web and online registration: http://igs.cla.umn.edu/outreach/ghrnetwork.htm

 

October 24, 2002 6:00 p.m.
Twin Cities International Citizen Award.

Location: Radisson Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul.

November 1-4, 2002
Lessons and Legacies conference at the Radisson Metrodome.
It is sponsored jointly by CHGS and The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Illinois. All panelists and participants should register NOW for the conference. This includes participants from the University of Minnesota. Checks ($40) should be sent to the: Holocaust Educational Foundation, 64 Old Orchard Road, Professional Building, Room 520, Skokie, IL 60077. Student registration is $20 but accomodation can be made for any who cannot pay.
See our events web page: http://www.chgs.umn.edu/Educational_Resources/Events/events.html for the program. Some changes may occur. While the program is designed mainly for scholars, it is open to the public and students. Teachers may attend the conference, which is being held at the Radisson Metrodome, for a subsidized registration fee of $20, thanks to a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. Teachers should bring identification when registering. Checks should be made out to "Lessons and Legacies." CEU's will be awarded for the sessions on Saturday and Sunday, which seem most appropriate for teachers because of the workshops. The general public may register for $40 for the conference. University students are welcome to register without charge upon presentation of ID. Badges are necessary to attend all sessions. Parking is available at University of Minnesota or Radisson Metrodome Lot. The site of the conference, the Radisson Metrodome, is on Washington Avenue on the main Minneapolis campus. Should you need a room, cheaper rates are available at motels on University avenue. Registrations with meals ($160 + $40 registration) are not available as all places have been taken. However, there is room at all the sessions.

For more information, contact the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies University of Minnesota
100 Nolte Hall West
315 Pillsbury Drive
Minneapolis, MN. 55455
Phone: (612) 626-2235
FAX: (612) 626-9169
WEB SITE: http://www.chgs.umn.edu

 

November 2, 2002, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
UMN College of Liberal Arts Lecture Series, Critical Differences: Japanese Comfort Women.
Please join us for the film/lecture event on the sexual slavery by Japanese military during WWII. The survivors of this government-sanctioned wartime system, known as the "comfort women," are still fighting to this day to get apology from the Japanese government. It is crucial that we learn more about the experiences of these Korean, Phillipina, Chinese, Indonesian, Dutch, and Japanese women, develop our understanding of their demands, and help their voices be heard more broadly. This event aims to situate their struggle and the 2000 Tokyo Tribunal broadly, understanding the issue both as a struggle for human rights in the global setting, and as a personal struggle for healing in the post-colonial era. We begin with a showing of "Breaking the History of Silence," a recording of the Women's International War Crimes Tribunal for the Trial of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery, Tokyo, December 2000. A large number of "comfort women" survivors and former Japanese military men testified at this historically significant Tribunal. For the first time, Japanese former Emperor Hirohito was declared guilty for his war responsibility--a verdict that the initial Tokyo war tribunal in the late 1940s avoided for political reasons. The verdict of the 2000 Tribunal was endorsed at the Hague in 2001. Two renowned scholars, who have been involved in the "comfort women" issue, will speak and lead our discussion. Professor Lisa Yoneyama (UC San Diego), participant in the 2000 Tribunal, will speak on the issue of redress and justice to situate the 2000 Tribunal in historical and geopolitical perspective in the post-Cold War world. Professor Chungmoo Choi (UC Irvine) will speak on the Korean survivors of the wartime sexual slavery system, asking what it means for the survivors to heal in the post-colonial, post-traumatic society. This event is part of UMN College of Liberal Arts Lecture Series, Critical Differences. The event is also made possible by support from the Humanities Institute, the Institute for Global Studies, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Department of Women's Studies, and the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies of the U of MN; as well as the Hún Qiáo Committee, and the Korean-American Today & Tomorrow Center.
Location: William G. Shepherd Room, Weisman Art Museum
For questions and further information, please contact Hiromi Mizuno, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Minnesota.
Email: mizuno@umn.edu
Phone: 612-626-7597
Co-sponsored by Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

 

November 12, 2002, 6:30 p.m.
The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers Annual Peace Celebration.
The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, 43 individual organizations each working for peace in its own way, will hold its annual Peace Celebration Nov. 12, 2002 at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Lyndale and Hennepin Avenues, Minneapolis. "It's our annual event at which we re-dedicate ourselves to working for peace in our many diverse ways," says MAP president Mary White, Minneapolis. "All of our member organizations, their staff, supporters, families and friends will be represented and let me emphasize the event is open to the public. Our speaker promises to be enlightening and compelling and it's a chance for people wishing to volunteer for involvement in the local peace movement to meet MAP leaders and leaders of our member organizations." Music will be provided by jazz pianist Larry McDonough and The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, volunteering their services for the event. Tickets at $5 may be purchased at the door. Music will begin the evening at 6:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. featured speaker will be Dr. Arjun Makhijani who has written extensively on nuclear-related security and environmental issues and is the principal editor and co-author of "Nuclear Wastelands: A Global Guide to Nuclear Weapons Production and its Health and Environmental Effects" (MIT Press 1995, 2000), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He also is the author of the highly acclaimed book "From Global Capitalism to Economic Justice" (Apex Press, New York/London, 1992). The book's subtitle is "An Inquiry Into The Elimination Of Systemic Poverty, Violence and Environmental Destruction In The World Economy." The title of Dr. Makhijani's speech is "Nuclear Roulette In An Age of Terrorism." "Many people believe the Bush Administration's 'War on Terror' and its nuclear policy are reducing nuclear risks but in reality, several kinds of nuclear risks are rising, not declining, as a result of a very misguided U.S. policy," Dr. Makhijani asserted. Based in Takoma Park, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., Dr. Makhijani is the co-founder and head of the non-profit Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. Its mission statement reads in part: IEER "was formed in 1985 to provide the public and policy makers with sound scientific information. The Institute produces technical studies on a wide range of policy issues of importance to public safety and the protection and restoration of the environment...IEER aims to bring scientific excellence to public policy issues to promote the democratization of science and a healthier environment." IEER's quarterly newsletter, "Science for Democratic Action," offers easily accessible scientific information and analysis on a variety of nuclear issues, reflecting Dr. Makhijani's academic background in plasma physics as applied to nuclear fusion. Dr. Makhijani holds a Ph.D. degree in engineering from the University of California/Berkeley; an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Washington State University/Pullman, and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Bombay in his native India. The editor of the newsletter as well as IEER's U.S. outreach director, Lisa Ledwidge, currently resides in Minneapolis. She is a biologist and an environmental scientist and also is involved in IEER's radiation and health related work.

CONTACTS: Mary White, MAP president
Phone: 612-374-3594
mwhite@yahoo.com
www.mapm.org

 

Thursday, January 9, 2003, 6:30-9:00pm
East Timor and U.S. policy.
Dr. Dan Murphy, practicing physician in Dili, East Timor, speaks of East Timor and how U.S. policy impacts the East Timorese. Dr. Dan Murphy has been in East Timor through the Indonesian occupation, the vote for independence, the brutal reprisals by the Indonesian army and militias after the election, and now as Indonesia grapples with establishing a functioning govt, dealing with some of the worst poverty in the world and protecting itself and its interest in this U.S. dominated world. Many of you remember Dan's last deeply disturbing but riveting report at 1st Universalist during the time of Timor's elections. Dan is from Iowa and his sisters Ann OFallon and Maureen Murphy live in the Twin Cities. Don't miss this chance to hear first hand the situation in East Timor and how U.S. policy impacts the brave people of East Timor.

Location: First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave. S. Mpls. (Cummins Room)

Contact: Sarah Standefer 651-429-4794

 

 

Monday, January 13, 2003, 5:30-7:45pm
The War on Terrorism: The Importance of Central Asia and the Caucasus.
MIC Ambassador Series Join MIC on Monday, January 13, as Ross Wilson, U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan, addresses U.S. relations with the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus and their significance in the war on terrorism. Related issues to be discussed include military cooperation and the region's oil reserves. Cost: Free for MIC members and students; Non-members $5 Advance registration requested.

Location: Humphrey Institute, Cowles Auditorium, 301-19th Avenue S, U of M West Bank



Wednesday, January 15, 2003, 7:00pm
A Public Forum on Restorative Justice: What can Americans learn from the South African Experience?
Free and Open to the Public. Featured Speakers: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, clinical psychologist and former member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Human Rights Violations Committee in South Africa, is a senior consultant for the Unilever Ethics Center at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. In January 2003 she joins the University of Cape Town as Associate Professor of Psychology. Her first book, A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness, will be published in January 2003. Charles Villa-Vicencio, theologian and former Director of Research with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. Currently he is Executive Director, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, and Professor Emeritus, University of Cape Town. He co-edited with Wilhelm Verwoerd, Looking Back, Reaching Forward (2000), which explores the significance of the work of the TRC. Joining the featured speakers as respondents are two Hamline University School of Law faculty members: Robin Magee, Associate Professor of Law, and Mary Jo Brooks Hunter, Supervising Attorney, Child Advocacy Clinic & Clinical Instructor, as well as Kay Pranis, Restorative Justice Planner, Minnesota Department of Corrections. What can Americans learn from the South African Experience? Are some acts of violence unforgivable? What role may restorative justice play in addressing deep cultural conflict such as that over Native American sacred sites on public land? What role might restorative justice play in addressing the dramatic racial disparities in the Minnesota criminal justice system? How might the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) effort to secure national reconciliation in South Africa be drawn on to address persistent points of conflict in American life? This program offers members of the public an opportunity to gain a better understanding of, and to participate in, conversation about the South African experience and its relevance for Americans. The forum is designed to initiate an examination of the South African experience from a humanities perspective that will contribute to reshaping American public discourse on restorative justice.

Location: Hamline University, Sundin Music Hall

Contact: Deb Lange, Hamline University School of Law 651-523-2122 or dlange@gw.hamline.edu

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2003, 5:30-7:00pm
Great Decisions: China - New Leaders, Old Challenges Year of China Event.
Come to MIC to learn about and discuss current foreign policy issues in a small-group setting. January's topic is China: New Leaders, Old Challenges with Carl Goldstein, an independent journalist who covers national and international economic and business issues. Great Decisions is sponsored nationally by the Foreign Policy Association and coordinated in Minnesota by MIC. This program is made possible in part with funding from the Minnesota Humanities Commission in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Minnesota State Legislature. New participants are welcome to attend this group, which meets at MIC on the third Wednesday of each month. Please register in advance - only 2 seats left! Parking available at nearby meters or ramps Cost: FREE for MIC members; Non-Members $5

Location: MIC, 711 East River Road, Minneapolis.

 

Wednesday, January 15, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Elimination of Bias: Refugees in the Legal System.
This two-hour CLE will examine the role played by bias in the legal system with regard to refugees and outline ways that lawyers can work towards appropriate representation at the individual client level. The session will also address the larger context of policy and law practice in light of refugee experiences. Two CLE credits will be applied for. Cost: $50 ($10 for students) To register for the Jan. 15th CLE, you may print out the registration form from our website at www.mnadvocates.org. If you have any questions, please contact Megan at mpowers@mnadvocates.org, 612-341-3302 ext. 112.

Location: Seattle Room Dorsey & Whitney LLP 50 South 6th Street Minneapolis, MN 55402

 

Thursday, January 16, 2003, 6:30-8:30 p.m
Movie: El Norte.
After the Guatemalan army destroys their village, two teenage Quiche Mayan siblings journey north through Mexico to start a new life in the United States. Oscar-nominated for screenplay. With Alicia Del Lago and David Villalpando. Directed by Gregory Nava. 1983. 139 Minutes. English. This event continues a weekly Resource Center of the Americas series of educational videos and discussions. Cost: Free

Location: Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis

Contact: 612-276-0788 (ext. 23), imerfeld@americas.org; http://www.americas.org.



Thursday, January 16, 2003, 7:30am
Managing Finance and Credit Risk in Latin America.
Join experts in international finance and credit risk management for the second in a series of Latin American Breakfast meetings presented by the Minnesota Trade Office. This seminar teaches what you need to know to finance your Latin American sales successfully and ensure that you get paid. Cost: $30 To register: Contact Rachel at rachel.olsen@state.mn.us or 651.297.4227.

Location: Minnesota Trade Office, 10th Floor, 30 East 7th Street, downtown St. Paul

 


Sunday, January 19, 2003, 7 p.m. - midnight
SALUDOS Y SALSA: Project Minnesota-León fiesta. Conversation and dancing. Stephanie Owen visits from her volunteer sabbatical in Nicaragua to discuss PML projects in León. Cost: $10 (not including food and drinks)

Location: Minneapolis Café, 11th and Hennepin.

Contact: RSVP to Susie, 952-546-9119, leonnica@igc.org.

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2003, 6:00-9:00pm
A Conversation on Terrorism MIC.
The Star Tribune and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT2) invite you to participate in a discussion about terrorism. Gather at MIC to watch a TPT Special on terrorism, followed by a discussion facilitated by MIC staff person, Catherine Born. This will be one of a number of groups in Minnesota that will be participating. Refreshments provided. Parking available at nearby meters or ramps. Cost: FREE To register: call 612.625.4421 by Tuesday, January 21 Space is limited - MIC's living room only seats 25 people!

Location: MIC, 711 E. River Road, Minneapolis.

 

 

Saturday, January 11-February 9, 2003
COPENHAGEN by Michael Frayn.
The Park Square Theatre is presenting the play COPENHAGEN. The play explores aspects of a conversation between German physicist Werner Heisenberg and Danish Jew Nils Bohr , both of whom were involved in atomic physics but on different sides during the war. Bohr was removed to Sweden in October, 1943 with the other Danish Jews. The exact discussion between the two physicists remains obscure and all that is known for certain is there was a violent disagreement between them. COPENHAGEN opens January 11 through February 9. Tickets: 651-291-7005 or www.parksquaretheatre.org.


Friday, January 24, 2004, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
CLE brownbag lunch on death penalty error rates.
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, the Minnesota Justice Foundation and the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney will co-host a brown-bag lunch discussion with Professor James Liebman for lawyers interested in death penalty work. The lunch discussion is free and application for one hour of continuing legal education credits will be made. James Liebman, a professor at Columbia Law School, is one of the nation's top experts on death penalty cases. He has argued four death penalty cases before the United States Supreme Court and is the author of many articles and books on the topic, including A Broken System: Error Rates in Capital Cases, 1973-1995. Professor Liebman will be in the Twin Cities as the featured speaker of the Minnesota Justice Foundation's Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice first annual symposium on January 24, 2003. As part of the symposium at William Mitchell Law School, Professor Liebman will speak about how he has been able to achieve real, life-and-death change in our justice system through his scholarly work. To register for the Jan. 24th brown bag lunch, please contact Ann Conroy at the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition: aconroy@mnlegalservices.org, (651) 228-9105 ext.117.

Location: Dorsey & Whitney LLP 50 South 6th Street Minneapolis, MN 55402

 

Saturday, January 25, 2003, 10:00-11:30pm
Resource Center of the Americas Coffee hour, Gabriel Johnson-Ortiz: Chiapis Under Fox.
Resource Center of the Americas member Gabriel Johnson-Ortiz has returned after four months in the southernmost Mexican state. He discusses President Vicente Fox Quesada's policies, the Plan Puebla-Panama, indigenous farmer struggles, military and paramilitary actions and the evolution of communities backing rebel Zapatista communities. English with Spanish interpretation. Cost: $4 ($3 members).

Location: Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis

Contact: 612-276-0788 (ext. 23), imerfeld@americas.org; http://www.americas.org.

 

Saturday, January 25, 2003, 11:00am
MOTADE.
Togo has been ruled by the same General-dicatator called Eyadema for more than 30 years. He has violated human rights and killed thousands of people whose sole crime was to ask for freedom of speech and democracy. We (MOTADE: Motade is an organization whose purpose is to help accelerate the democratization of Togo) are having a forum on the situation in our country. Please inform your organization about this event.

Location: 1800 Glenwood Ave.

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2003, 7:00pm
Israel Ecological and Environmental Achievements 1947 - 2002.
The Friends of Israel will celebrate the 15th of Shvat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees, with a free public lecture by Itai Tennenbaum, the Minneapolis Community Shaliach. Mr. Tennenbaum, an educator and co-author of "Living the Dream: Israel at 50", will discuss Israel's major ecological and agricultural achievements over the last 55 years. For information: Contact Omri at foi@umn.edu or 612.209.6337.

Location: Humphrey Institute, Cowles Auditorium, 301-19th Avenue S, U of M West Bank

 

Thursday, January 30, 2003, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Resource Center of the Americas, Movie: "Haiti: Harvest of Hope".
This powerful testimony to the Haitian struggle for democracy and freedom includes interviews with President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, former President René Préval, Jean Marie Vincent and Claudette Werleigh, as well as an in-depth look at one of the worst massacres of a 1991 military coup. Directed by Kevin Pina. Produced by Haiti Reborn. 1994 (final cut 1998). 57 minutes. Film and discussion in English. This event continues a weekly Resource Center of the Americas series of educational videos and discussions.

Location: 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis.

Cost: Free

 

Thursday and Friday, January 30-31, 2003, 3pm - 8am
FIGHT HOMELESSNESS.
A peaceful campout will take place on the South Lawn of the Hennepin County Government Center in Downtown Mpls. from 3p.m. Thursday, January 30th throughout the night to 8a.m. Friday, January 31st. This is to call for the Mayor of Minneapolis and the City Council to declare homelessness a crisis requiring immediate action to resolve. They will also be presented with a resolution calling for revocation of the ordinances that make it against the law for people to sleep outside, camp or sleep in their car. As all of you know, poverty and homelessness increase with many people forced to the streets. The city of Mpls. (along with many other cities in this country) has ordinances that make it a crime to sleep, camp or sleep in your car. Please stop by, stay overnight, or contact Margaret Hastings for more information: 612-822-5745.

 

Friday, January 31, 2003, 6:30 pm
Native American Connections Committee of 1st Universalist Church FryBreadLove/Earth Circles.
Concert begins at 7:00. Cost: $6 advance, $7 door, $3 children under 12 years Events: Concert with ANNIE HUMPHREY, The Long-Hairz Collective, (and hopefully) Neil McKay; and Silent Auction & Native Arts Vendors. This event is sponsored by the Native American Connections Committee of 1st Universalist Church, FryBreadLove/Earth Circles. Project Off Streets is a program that works with youth who find themselves on the streets. It meets their basic needs with a safe and healthy environment and strong, positive adult role models. It helps stabilize youth and help them figure what to do to move on with the rest of their lives. It supports GLBT youth, youth with emotional problems and helps youth leave the sex industry plus many other things. FryBreadLove works with Project Offstreets to bring an ongoing American Indian presence to Youth and Staff. Proceeds from this benefit will help offer summer activities such as a one-week camp where Youth will get away from the city, and be provided with the opportunity to learn about (and then use) native herbs as food and medicine, make a buffalo hide hand drum (while learning about the drum), play flutes, build and use a sweat lodge, etc. Just spending a week camping with American Indian people of various tribes, professions, and places in the community will be an event! A team of spiritual leaders, elders, storytellers, Lakota language teachers, musicians, historians, and herbalists would accompany the Offstreets staff. In addition a number of artists would join campers for certain activities. IF YOU CAN ASSIST WITH THIS EVENING PLEASE CONTACT BETH @ 612-824-7213. Invite your friends, bring a crowd! We are asking that if it is not a hardship that you donate more than the ticket price for this event. The tickets are priced low to allow everyone that wants to come the opportunity. Those that can afford more are encouraged to be generous. Tickets are available at Earth Circles, or at First Universalist on Sunday 17 and 26 following each service.

Location: First Universalist Church 3400 Dupont Ave. South

 

 

February 1, 2003
Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Exemplary Lessons Initiative Deadline for submissions.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) is pleased to announce the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Exemplary Lessons Initiative. This program is funded by a grant from the Belfer Foundation. Middle and high school educators are invited to submit lessons for possible publication on the Museum website and in print format. Lessons should illustrate or add to student understanding of individual responsibility during the Holocaust as reflected in one or more of the Tenth Anniversary themes: resistance, response, rescue, and renewal. A panel of master teachers from USHMM teacher education programs will choose between eight and twelve of the best lessons. Some winning entries will be videotaped in the classroom for subsequent use on the Museum's website. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: * Historical accuracy * Engagement of students * Innovative approach * Demand for student critical thinking * Broad applicability: practical for most classrooms * Illustration of Tenth Anniversary theme or themes * Use of USHMM materials * Consistent with USHMM Guidelines for Teaching about the Holocaust (See A Resource Guide for Educators: Teaching About the Holocaust, USHMM, p.3) WEB SITE: USHMM: http://www.ushmm.org/education/foreducators/ In addition, the use of technology and/or interactive lessons that lend themselves to videotaping are encouraged. Entries must be submitted in print and electronic form (12 pt. font). Lessons may be for 13 class periods. Each lesson should have the following labeled sections: title, theme, objectives, grade level, subject, time required, procedure/strategies, evaluation, materials used. Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2003. Teachers whose lessons are chosen will receive a certificate of achievement and a cash reward.

To sumbit lessons, email or mail to: Warren Marcus Education Division United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024-2126 E-mail: teacherworkshops@ushmm.org Fax: (202) 314-7888

WEB SITE: USHMM: http://www.ushmm.org/education/foreducators/

 

Tuesday, February 4, 2003, 7-9pm
Resource Center of the Americas, Discussion: Cuban Five.
The truth about five Cuban political prisoners the United States has been holding since 1998. Bruce Nestor, National Lawyers Guild president, speaks on their 2001 trial and their life sentences on false charges of espionage. Jeffrey Damm of the Minnesota Cuba Committtee speaks about their families.

Location: Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, 301 19th Ave. S., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Contact: 612-624-1512, animtz@tc.umn.edu

 

Friday, February 7, 2003, 7:30pm
RAGAMALA MUSIC AND DANCE THEATER's world premiere of AAVYA, with live music by SPEAKING IN TONGUES.
This will be followed by an encore performance of THE TRANSPOSED HEADS, Ranee Ramaswamy's critically acclaimed collaboration with Deaf actress Nicole Zapko. AAVYA (MEETING) Commissioned by Interplay, a new music and dance series presented by the University of Minnesota School of Music, Aavya is an exciting collaboration that pairs Ragamala Artistic Director Ranee Ramaswamy's contemporary percussive and gestural dance with a stunning original score by Twin Cities based cross-cultural musical ensemble Speaking in Tongues. An unprecedented combination of musicians from four diverse cultures, Speaking in Tongues features Ghanaian master drummer Sowah Mensah, Mexican virtuoso bassist Enrique Toussaint, Twin Cities percussionist Marc Anderson, and world renowned Chinese pipa player Gao Hong. THE TRANSPOSED HEADS Aavya is followed by an encore performance of Ragamala's critically acclaimed production The Transposed Heads. An interpretation of an ancient Indian tale by Thomas Mann, The Transposed Heads is a very probable love story with an impossible premise: that of a woman who loves one man's intellect and another man's muscular body, and in a bizarre twist of events gets to have the intellectual's head transposed onto the muscleman's body. What happens then? This story is informed primarily by life's dualities, such as the relationship between feminine and masculine energy in nature, or that between birth, death, and re-birth. The goddess Kali also plays a small but significant role in the story, which illustrates yet another duality: that between destruction and preservation. Under the direction of Twin Cities playwright/director Zaraawar Mistry, choreographer Ranee Ramaswamy and Deaf actress Nicole Zapko perform this complex tale--Ms. Ramaswamy utilizing the intricate gestural language of abhinaya (the narrative aspect of Bharatanatyam) and Ms. Zapko in American Sign Language (ASL). Renowned South Indian vocalist Nirmala Rajasekhar and internationally acclaimed Chinese pipa artist Gao Hong provide a stirring, original score and live accompaniment for the performances. Mr. Mistry and Twin Cities actress Aditi Kapil narrate the tale in English.

Location: Ted Mann Concert Hall 2128 4th Street South West Bank, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Cost: General admission: $16 - $23 ($6 student rush, the day of the show)

Contact: Box Office: 612-624-2345 or www.northrop.umn.edu

 

February 8, 2003, 10-11:30am.
Resource Center of the Americas, Coffeehour: Possible Pitfalls Of Global Justice Activism.
As a new generation of social justice activists emerges, older activists need to pass on lessons learned from their experiences, especially given the political and religious fundamentalism driving today's global politics. Alexandra Stein, a Ph.D. sociology student at the University of Minnesota, reads from her new book "Inside Out: A Memoir of Entering and Breaking Out of a Minneapolis Political Cult (North Star)" and discusses the historical context of leftwing activism and how some sectarian political groups become totalitarian. She explains why social justice activists need this information to increase democratic participation and human rights within organizations and strengthen the left. English. This event continues the Resource Center of the Americas "coffeehour" series, a presentation and discussion everySaturday. Free refills on fair-trade coffee. Join us a half-hour before and after each coffeehour for our activist letter-writing effort.

Location: 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis

Cost: $4 ($3 members)

Contact: 612-276-0788 (ext. 23) or imerfeld@americas.org or http://www.americas.org or http://www.alexandrastein.com.

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2003, 12:15-1:15pm.
Human Rights Center Bi-monthly Pizza Lunch, Presentation by Intesar Elder.
Please join us as we listen to a presentation by former grantee of the Upper Midwest International Human Rights Fellowship, Intesar Elder, who carried-out her fellowship in Jerusalem. She worked at a Palestinian, Jerusalem-based, independent institution committed to fostering the principles of democracy and effective dialogues. Her presentation is sure to be powerful, as she shares with us some of the realities of this part of the world. Please RSVP by February 11th at 10 am. A small donation for the pizza and soda would be much appreciated.

Location: Law School, N204

 

Wednesday, February 12, 2003, 7:30pm.
Louise Erdrich, The Master Butcher's Singing Club.
Erdrich explores life in the aftermath of war in her enchanting and poignant new novel, The Master Butcher's Singing Club [HarperCollins]. After having survived World War I, Fidelis Waldvogel marries the pregnant widow of his best friend and sets out for America, settling in Argus, North Dakota. Bestselling author Erdrich has created a set of memorable characters who grapple with the worst and best impulses of human nature.

Location: Macalester Plymouth Church, 1658 Lincoln Ave., St. Paul

 

February 14-15, 2003.
Lingering Dissonances: Wagner 2003.
The Music Department, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Minnesota Opera and Twin Cities Wagner Society announce a conference on the work and legacy of Richard Wagner. As a collaborative effort between the Minnesota Opera, the School of Music, various other departments on campus, and the Twin Cities Wagner Society, this conference offers an unprecedented opportunity to bring together scholars, students, musicians, and laypeople interested in all aspects of Wagners life and works. Centered around the Twin Cities visit of Gottfried Wagner (great-grandson of Richard Wagner), this conference unites a variety of communities in examining current issues in Wagner research. Scholarly presentations, many of which include film and/or music will draw from the fields of Music, History, German, Jewish Studies, and Queer Studies, among others. A keynote address by Gottfried Wagner, a roundtable discussion, and a concert will fill out the weekends activities. This is being held in conjunction with the February production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman." The focus of the conference will be to examine the current lingering dissonances in Wagner studies, to look back upon a rich history of scholarship in various fields and to suggest paths for future research.

Coordinator for the program is Professor Matthew Bribitzer-Stull (mpbs@umn.edu).

 

Friday, February 14- Saturday, February 22, 2003.
The "Gandhi--King--Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" international exhibition on nonviolence.
Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, three men from three different cultures, religions and continents, have followed a common path of profound dedication and achievement in improving the lives of all people. Key themes of the exhibit: Importance of Mentors; Common Belief in the Innate Dignity of Humanity; Principles into Action; Non-violence; and Adversity and Resistance. CLOSING CEREMONY AND RECEPTION (free): Saturday, February 22, 11am-1pm, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, COWLES AUDITORIUM AND ATRIUM, University of Minnesota, 301 - 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Carter will speak and will then present the Morehouse College "Gandhi-King-Ikeda Community Builders Award" to 10 Minnesota citizen "community builders", representing the diverse array of populations in our state making a difference in our community and world. OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC-FREE ADMISSION.

Times: M-Fri. 8:30 am - 11:00 pm; Sat. 8:30 am - 10:00 pm; Sun. 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, ATRIUM, University of Minnesota, 301 - 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Contact: Further information is available at www.gki.sgi-usa-mn.org, or by contacting Nancy Dunlavy, 651-647-1631, ndunlavy@attbi.com.

 

February 20-21, 2003
"Teaching About the Holocaust".
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum present this educational seminar designed for pre-college educators to expand, fortify, and enrich their teaching curriculums about the Holocaust.
February 21, Thursday 7:30 P.M.
Introduction by: Stephen Feinberg, Education Specialist, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C. Remarks by Former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz, Member of the United States Holocaust Museum and Memorial Commission. Discussion with Dora Zaidenweber, Native of Radom, Poland, survivor of Radom Ghetto, Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen about survivors' memories and how teachers can convey this memory.
February 22, Friday 9:00 A.M. "Use of Technologies in Teaching the Holocaust" - Stephen Feinberg, USHMM educational director BREAK "German Methods of Education and Propaganda in the Schools, 1933-1945" - Prof. Greg Wegner, University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse Group Discussion of Recommended Teaching Methods and State Guidelines, Introduction of Darryle Clott and Judy Bartel, Mandel Fellowship Scholars at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum from Minnesota. They will share their experiences about teaching the Holocaust in the classroom. "Using Resourses and Outreach to Maximize Learning Experiences Related to the Holocaust" - Vicky Knickerbocker, CHGS Educational Outreach Coordinator "The Uses of Art in Teaching About the Holocaust: What Art Says and Does Not Say" - Prof. Stephen Feinstein, Director of the CHGS Sessions will end at 4:00 P.M. To register: contact Vicky Knickerbocker at 612-624-0256 or by e-mail at vknicker@yahoo.com.

Location: Cowles Auditorium at the Hubert H. Humphrey Center West Bank Campus University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 55455

Parking: Available at any adjoining U of M Ramp

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2003, 11:30-1:00pm
Professor Oren Gross, University of Minnesota Law School, will speak on: Economics, Politics, and Power: Conflict and Peace in the Middle East.
What role does, can, and should economic considerations play in facilitating a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Professor Grosswill suggest that a possible (but by no means only) argument ties economic development and welfare to the attainment of a long-standing peace betweenthe bitter enemies. The economic dividends of peace may bolster political compromises and their acceptance at both the individual and communal levels. But how will such development and enhanced economic welfare be promoted? And to what extent do political realities as well as social and cultural considerations constrain desired economic solutions? How, if at all, has the ongoing second Intifada changed the answers to these questions?

Location: 170 HHH Stassen Room

All are welcome! Beverages will be served

 

February 25, 2003, 7:30pm.
Robert J. Jones - Archbishop Desmond.
South Africa's anti-apartheid movement modelled its tactics on Martin Luther King's strategy of non-violent resistance. Hear more about the international impact of King's ideas in this Great Conversation organized by the University's College of Continuing Education. Archbishop Desmond Tutu won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his campaign against apartheid, the white minority rule of South Africa. As part of this struggle, he worked for ten years with University of Minnesota faculty member Robert Jones to provide a safe haven and education at the University of Minnesota for South African students. Following the reform of the South African government in 1995, Archbishop Tutu lead the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, investigating atrocities committed on all sides during the apartheid years. He is the author of numerous books, including a memoir of his work on this Commission called No Future Without Forgiveness. Robert Jones is Vice President and Executive Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Programs at the University of Minnesota. He is one of the foremost authorities on corn physiology and for more than ten years has served as a scientific consultant for the South African Development Education Program in Johannesburg. This Great Conversation is an official event of Founders' Day and part of the celebration of the inauguration of Robert Bruininks as the 15th President of the University of Minnesota.

Cost: $25/ $20 U of M faculty, students & staff, UMAA and Presidents Club members

Location: Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota

Contact: To order tickets, call 612-624-2345.

 

February 26-27 and March 3, 2003
International Film Festival, Duluth, Minnesota.

see http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/duluthfilmfest-2003.doc.

Contact: Bret_Thiele@yahoo.com

 

Thursday, February 27, 2003, 12:15 - 1:15pm
"Is an Attack on Iraq Legal under International Humanitarian, Human Rights, and Other Norms of International Law?"
Attorney Peter Thompson has recently returned from Iraq where he was a member of the Iraq Peace Team for 2 ½ weeks. He will review photos and events from his trip that include an examination of the effects of the 1991 war and the ensuing decade of sanctions on the Iraqi people. Peter will address questions about the international legal implications of a war with Iraq including the following issues:
· Is a preemptive strike a war crime under international law?
· Is targeting water treatment facilities legal?
· Are depleted uranium munitions a violation of international law?

Location: Room 30, Law School

 

February 27, 2003, 3:00pm
Holocaust Memory Through the Camera's Eye.
Barbie Zelizer, associate professor and dean of undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, will speak on "Holocaust Memory in the Camera's Eye," Thursday, February 27 at 3PM, at the Frederick Weisman Museum of Art. Zelizer won the Best Book Award of the International Communication Association last year, the Diamond Book Award of the National Communication Association in 1999, and the Bruno Brand Tolerance Book Award of Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance that same year. Professor Zelizer earned a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication, and bachelor's and master's degrees from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is chair of the International Communication Association Awards Committee and a member of several committees representing major communications and journalism organizations.

Location: Weisman Art Museum


Monday, March 3, 2003, 12:00 Noon
Adam Schesch Presents "Eyewitness to Destruction: The Overthrow of Chile's Democracy and the Repression that Followed, 1970-1990."

Adam Schesch lived in Chile during the Popular Unity government of President Salvador Allende (1970-1973). After the 1973 coup d'etat, he was imprisoned by the military in the National Stadium where he witnessed mass executions. He returned to the U.S. where he testified before U.S. Congressional committees about these events. In May 2002 Dr. Schesch returned to Santiago to give a deposition before Judge Juan Guzman Tapia as part of the investigations of crimes of the military dictatorship. His deposition led to an officially filmed reconstruction of his experience at the National Stadium. It helped initiate a new investigation into the previously unacknowledged mass executions in the stadium during the early days of the coup. While in Santiago, he met with former members and leaders of the underground resistance movement.

Dr. Schesch's studies of popular mobilization have been enriched by 30 years of organizing and leadership roles in the anti-Vietnam War and Chile solidarity movements, his own professional unions (AFSCME, AFT) and other solidarity and social change movements.

Location: 710 Social Sciences Building, U of M

 

Thursday, March 6, 13 and 20, 2003, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Who Killed Jesus?: Exposing the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus.
Come join Father Michael O'Connell and Rabbi Joseph Edelheit for a three-session course of the history of the gospel and how they contributed to the roots of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism over the past 2000 years. We will also explore how the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church since Vatican II have encouraged the positive and on-going relationship between Catholic and Jews.

Registration deadline: Monday, March 3
Series cost: $30 in advance
Scholarships available.

Contacting the Education Office at 612.317.3414.

 

Thursday, March 6, 2003, 12:00p.m.
Engendering Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Women and the United Nations Human Rights System.
Kasia Polanska is a Research Director at the International Women's Rights Action Watch, a women's human rights organization housed at the University of Minnesota's Hubert Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. She grew up in Poland and came to the United States as a refugee in the late 1980s. She holds a Master's degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. In the past 6 years, she has written and presented at the United Nations more than 20 country-specific reports for the UN human rights committees (Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women and Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights). She has taught several workshops and given presentations to both US audiences and international activists on issues related to the United Nations human rights system, the human rights of women, and international relations. (lunch will be served)

Location: Briggs and Morgan, PA, 2400 IDS Center, in Minneapolis

This is one in a series of lunchtime speakers dedicated to improving awareness of women's human rights issues. Please join us the first Thursday of each month for a new presentation. For more information, please contact Amelia at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.

Please R.S.V.P. to Amelia Buttress at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights by noon on Tuesday, March 4th.

Phone: (612) 341-3302 ext. 107

Email: abuttress@mnadvocates.org

 

March 7, 2003
Norman E. Bowie and Thomas W. Dunfee: Business Ethics.
U of M Professor Norman Bowie is the Elmer L. Andersen Chair for Corporate Responsibility at the Carlson School of Management. Thomas Dunfee holds the Joseph Kolodny Chair of Social Responsibility in Business at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Location: Ted Mann Concert Hall

 

March 8, 2003, 9:00am-4:00pm
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, the Human Rights Program of the University of Minnesota and the Women's Foundation of Minnesota present: 8th Annual International Women's Day Celebration.
The Eighth Annual International Women's Day Celebration will bring together scholars, community activists, advocates for women's causes, and community members for a day of reflection and celebration of women's issues. The event will be held at the University of Minnesota's Walter F. Mondale Law School on Saturday, March 8, 2003. The all-day celebration, which is free and open to the public, will feature workshops on a variety of human rights issues facing women, the work of local artists, dramatic performances, and an address from 4th District Congresswomen, Betty McCollum.

Inspired by the 1995 U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, the local celebration was designed to celebrate the diversity
of Minnesota women and to increase understanding and tolerance of the different backgrounds of women living in our community. Workshops for the day are selected to increase recognition of the relevance of international women's human rights on the local level and to draw
attention to the twelve areas of concern articulated in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

For a schedule of events and to pre-register, please visit:
www.mnadvocates.org or contact Amelia Buttress at: (612) 341-3302 x 107 or at abuttress@mnadvocates.org

For Driving information and Parking maps visit:
http://onestop.umn.edu/Maps/MondaleH/index.html
For Bus Information please call: (612) 341-4BUS


Special Thanks to the following groups at the University of Minnesota and our many co-sponsoring organizations for their generous contribution to the day:

Institute for Global Studies, through a Title VI grant in International Studies from the U.S. Department of Education, Human Rights Center, MacArthur Program/ICGC, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science, Department of Women's Studies, Office for University Women, European Studies Consortium, and the Center on Women and Public Policy Program of the Humphrey Institute of Public
Affairs.

Free and Open to the Public

Location:
University of Minnesota Law School
Walter F. Mondale Hall
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

March 14-16, 2003
Amnesty International, National Youth Summit on Indigenous Peoples' Rights

(Includes a Free Concert!!! March 15)
Location: University of Minnesota Law School, Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

The Amnesty National Youth Summit on Indigenous Rights will be held in Minneapolis this year. Visit this website for more information and
application material: www.amnestyusa.org/justearth/brochure.pdf
Also attend a FREE CONCERT!!!

Come and hear Irene Bedard (the voice of Pocahontas) perform with her band.

Date: Saturday, March 15th
Time: 9:30 PM
Location: University of MN Law School

A popcorn fundraiser will be held during the concert to raise money for the Human Rights Center's Indigenous Peoples' Youth Project. Come hear great music and support a great program!

Questions??? Call 612.626.0041

 

Sunday, March 16, 2003, 7:00 p.m.
Candlelight Vigil for Peace.
Please visit http://www.globalvigil.org and plan a candlelight vigil for peace in your area on MoveOn.org and the Win Without War coalition, together with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many faith-based organizations, are calling this vigil, and we need your help.

Beginning in New Zealand, this will be a rolling wave of candlelight gatherings that will quickly cross the globe. It's up to you to make this
happen. Today we are asking individuals, like you, to organize a vigil in each community. We're hoping that thousands of small groups around the world will be inspired to come together and stand for peace.

It's time for the world to come together in this moment of darkness and rekindle the light of reason -- and of hope. It's time to renew our
commitment to building a positive world for our children. With your help, we will see the first candlelight vigil to sweep around the globe on the evening of March 16th. Together, we will lead the nations of the world away from an unnecessary war and toward a peaceful and prosperous
future.

Contact: Wes Boyd, MoveOn.org
Tom Andrews, Win Without War

P.S. You can make your local vigil as small or as big as you wish. The important thing is to act now and to add your efforts to the efforts of
thousands of others around the world. Whether you plan a gathering with just your closest friends, or organize an event for thousands, you will be making a difference. Register your event on our web site above.

Immediately afterward, please report your vigil to our web site or to photos@moveon.org, with digital photographs if possible. If you know how,
please crop and resize your photos to approximately 200h x 150v pixels and send them in .jpg format. Please include the city, location and country of your vigil. We will compile the reports and photos for the media.

P.P.S. Yesterday, we delivered to the 15 United Nations Security Council members anti-war comments from one million people around the world, gathered last week in just five days. 180 boxes of your petitions were delivered, which drew extensive media attention. It now appears that the Bush administration's resolution on Iraq will fail to garner Security Council support, and world public opinion has been a key part of this. Thank you!

 

March 18-21, 2003
Diana Johnstone, "Fool's Crusade: From Kosovo To Iraq."

Dates/Times/Locations:
March 18, 7:30 pm
St. Thomas University, St. Paul, Brady Educational Center, Baumgaetner Auditorium, off Cretin, between Goodrich & Summit

March 19, 7:00 pm
May Day Books, 301 Cedar Ave. So. Minneapolis

March 20, 7:00 pm
Ruminator Books, Macalester College Campus Center, Davis Lecture Hall, 1600
Grand Avenue, St. Paul

March 21, 7:30 pm
Borders Books, Calhoun Square, Lake & Hennepin Minneapolis

Book signing at all events.
Contact: Sponsored by the Women Against Military Madness International
Committee. 612-827-5364, wamm@mtn.org, worldwidewamm.org

At the end of November, 1999, an important new movement against "globalization" emerged in massive protests against the World Trade
Organization meeting in Seattle. . . . Only months earlier, when NATO launched its first aggressive war by bombing Yugoslavia, there had been remarkably little protest. Yet NATO's violent advance into southeast Europe was precisely related to the globalization process opposed in Seattle. Few seemed to grasp the connection. Was it really plausible that overwhelming military power was being wielded more benevolently than overwhelming economic power? Or that the two were not in some way promoting the same interests and the same "world order?" -from the Introduction to Fool's Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western Delusions

Diana Johnstone is the author of several books, including Fool's Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western Delusions, just released. As a journalist, she has written many articles on the current conflicts in Europe and its Eastern neighbors and the militarism spawned by the Cold War. She has chapters in Media and the Kosovo War edited by Ed Herman and Phil Hammond and Masters of the Universe: A Reader on NATO's Humanitarian War. Her articles have been published in the Covert Action Bulletin and, locally, in Pulse, among many publications here and abroad. Her career has included reporting for In These Times and serving as press officer for the Green members of the European parliament. Ms. Johnstone was born in St. Paul and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota.

 

March 22, 2003, 1:30 p.m.
The Merriam Park Neighbors March for Peace: Macalester College.
Marchers will assemble at 1:30 p.m. at Macalester College 1600 Grand
Avenue at Snelling Avenue, St. Paul in the Bateman Plaza south of Grand Avenue outside of the Student Center. At 2:00 p.m., the group will proceed east on Summit Avenue and back west on Grand Avenue to return for a rally with music and speakers at Macalester College.

Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace in St. Paul would like to invite the faculty, staff, and students of your department or office to take a public
stand against the war on Iraq and promote peaceful alternatives to war and sanctions against Iraqi citizens. Formed only in mid-February, our
organization has grown quickly with the dedicated enthusiasm of its membership and is now planning a Neighbors March for Peace with the help of the Iraq Peace Action Coalition (IPAC) and the endorsement of many other Twin Cities anti-war and social justice organizations. We cordially invite you, your colleagues, and your students to attend.

The power of this event will lie in diverse Twin Cities and Minnesota neighborhoods joining together in one place to raise a united voice against this war. We encourage all communities--whether they are actual neighborhoods, cities, families, businesses, religious congregations, ethnic groups, schools, unions, or other organizations--to attend the Neighbors March for Peace and carry a banner or sign or wear a shirt, button, or hat that identifies their community and their disagreement with the war and the sanctions against the civilians of Iraq.

The Neighbors March for Peace is endorsed by many Twin Cities organizations, including the Anti-War Committee, Friends for a Non-Violent World, Mac Iraq, Minnesota AlliantAction, Pax Christi Twin Cities, St. Joan of Arc/WAMM Peacekeepers, Twin Cities Campaign to Lift Sanctions, United Steelworkers of America - District 11, U of M Students Against War, Veterans for Peace, Welfare Rights Committee, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), and the Women's Political Alliance. If your organization would like to be added to the list of endorsers on our web site, please e-mail me at web@mppeace.org with your information.

For more information about Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace or this event, or to download and print flyers and posters, please visit our web site at http://www.mppeace.org or contact:

Rachel Goligoski
Phone: (651) 644-0025
E-mail: rachel@mppeace.org

Anne Benson
Phone: (651) 647-0580
E-mail: anne@mppeace.org

Krista Menzel
Phone: (651) 641-7592
E-mail: krista@mppeace.org

 

March 24-28, 2003
"Shattered Lives: Portraits From America's Drug War."
Exhibit and Speaking Engagement by NORML, University of Minnesota.
Location: Willey Hall, 225 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Date(s): March 24-28
Speaking engagement: Willey Hall, 225 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55455,
Friday March 28, 7-10 pm
Presented by: NORML (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) at the University of Minnesota
Contact: email norml@umn.edu or call Jason Samuels at 651-247-8327

The War on Drugs needs to be reexamined. Issues surrounding this subject will be examined in an upcoming exhibit and speaking engagement entitled "Shattered Lives: Portraits From America's Drug War." Some specific areas of focus will be the Drug War's violation of human rights and destructive force on families and communities, as well as sacramental use of substances and the Dutch drug policy.

The exhibit will be on display in the upper concourse of Willey Hall at 225 19th Avenue S on the Minneapolis West Bank campus of the University of Minnesota, March 24-28. It features a number of photos and accompanying stories of individuals negatively affected by the Drug War, providing a poignant and emotional look at the human rights abuses that are occurring. The display will be free and open to the public during regular building hours.

A one-night-only speaking engagement will conclude the exhibition on Friday, March 28th from 7-10 pm in the auditorium of Willey Hall, room 175. It is free and open to the public. The keynote speakers for the evening are the husband and wife activist team from California, Mikki Norris and Chris Conrad, co-authors of the book Shattered Lives: Portraits From America's Drug War. The following members of the community and educators will also present on related issues: Minneapolis City Council person Natalie Johnson Lee, Mary Gaines of Federal FORUM, University of Minnesota Department of Philosophy Professor and Career and Community Learning Center Director Carl Brandt, Hamline University Department of Religion Professor Mark Berkson, and University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing Senior Lecturer Dennis McKenna, PhD.

The event is sponsored by the University of Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and is made possible by the Minnesota Student Association's Diversity Events Fund, and by Administrative Grants for Student Initiatives. Representatives from other student and community organizations will also be available at the event. For more information on the exhibit, speakers, or NORML, e-mail norml@umn.edu or call Jason Samuels at 651-247-8327.

 

Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
"If Hope Were Enough".
League of Women Voters of Minneapolis, "Women in Times of War" presents video: "If Hope Were Enough"
Plus reaction panel:
Emina Peljto: Bosnian Women's Network
Nadifa Osma: U of M Refugee Population Study
Cheryl Thomas: MN Advocates for HR
Nadia Smith: Moderator

Date: Tuesday, March 25
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue South,
Minneapolis
Contact: 612.333.6319

 

March 27-30, 2003
Armenian-Turkish Historians' Dialogue at U of M, "Vectors of Violence: War, Revolution, and Genocide"

Date: March 27-30
Time: 9:00 am (all day)
Location: Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey Institute

This is a major scholarly and public event. The seminar hopes to have 26 scholarly participants and almost 50 observers attending the restricted scholars workshop (not open to the public), and the public session at 9AM (all day) on Saturday. The Turkish-Armenian Workshop was initiated by Professors Suny and Gocek.

The first meetings were held at the University of Chicago in 2000 and the University of Michigan in 2002. They have been controversial, both in the substance of the matters with which they dealt and in their form of organization. Some individuals and groups continue to oppose the use of the term genocide to describe the fate of Armenians in the late Ottoman Empire; some people oppose any form of dialogue about the history and its consequences. Others were disturbed by the closed nature of the Workshop, a complaint that Professors Suny and Goek tried to address at the second meeting by holding a press conference as the concluding session. Whatever the difficulties to date, the Workshop has proved vitally important. It has provided a setting in which Turkish, Armenian, and other scholars, as well as some members of the interested public, can talk to one another about the difficult history and its contemporary ramifications. It has also served to encourage and showcase major scholarly research on the history of the Armenian genocide and the late Ottoman Empire. Professors Suny and Gocek and various Centers and Departments at Minnesota are committed to maintaining and even expanding the conversations and research that the Workshops have fostered. In line with these commitments, we expect the Minnesota Workshop to have a greater public resonance than the previous two meetings at Chicago and Michigan. We will have a more active and more widely advertized public program on Saturday, March 29, which will include a report on the proceedings of the workshops, a keynote address by Professor Elazar Barkan of Claremont Graduate School, an open discussion, and a reception. We will have significantly more observers present from outside of academe, incuding two well-respected journalists in Turkey, Hrant Dink and Cengiz Candar. The public is invited to the Saturday session.

 

March 28-29, 2003
Vanishing Democracy, Defending Our Rights, Restoring Democracy: Challenging Corporate Power.

Date: Saturday, March 29th
Time: 9am -4:30 pm (register 8-9 am)
Location: 1ST UNIVERSALIST CHURCH, 3400 DUPONT AVE S, MPLS
Registration fee: $20 (lunch included). Attendees may pay whatever they can - None turned away

Purposes of the Forum To raise public awareness of the extent to which corporations now shape our culture and communities and define what is of value, what news we hear, what jobs we work at, what technologies are developed and how they are used, what environmental damage will occur, and especially what laws are made. To mobilize people to actions that will help restore our democracy.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - John Nichols As national political writer for The Nation, Nichols has been a frequent commentator on domestic and foreign affairs, appearing on PBS' Lehrer Report, MSNBC's Donahue, CNBC news programs, National Public Radio programs and Pacifica's
Democracy Now. His most recent book, Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media (Seven Stories Press: 2002, with Robert W. McChesney), is a critique of the failure of media in the U.S. to cover politics and public policy in a manner that encourages citizen participation in the democratic process. Barbara Ehrenreich considers it "essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of American democracy."

MASTER OF CEREMONIES - Rep. Keith Ellison Rep. Ellison is a freshman DFL legislator representing House District 58B in North Minneapolis. He is a practicing attorney with Ellison Law Offices. Together with co-host Resma Menakhem, Keith has hosted a public affairs program on KMOJ for the past eight years, focusing on issues of concern, including domestic violence, police-community relations and youth sports. His previous work includes Executive Director of the Legal Rights Center and private law practice.

Friday, March 28, 2003, 7:30pm
The 2nd Concert Challenging Corporate Globalization and Militarism - Celebrating a Movement.
Featuring: David Rovics (With Special guest appearance by Omar Jamal) Rachel Nelson and the Granary Girls Opening by Barb Tilsen The concert will include original songs by Larry Long sung by his friends. Co-sponsorship is open to all progressive peace and social justice organizations. Each co-sponsoring organization must pledge to buy at least 10 tickets. Sponsoring organizations can use the concert to fund raise for their group by purchasing them at $8 and selling them at face value of $12. They may also sell them at less than $12 if they wish. Co- sponsoring organizations will be listed on the publicity for the event and may set up an information table at the concert. Volunteers are needed for the following tasks in addition to selling tickets and publicizing within your organizations: to help set-up chairs, to be ticket takers and ushers, to help clean-up, and to help prepare tables for tabling.

Location: First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave So, Minneapolis

To Co-sponsor or volunteer contact
Larry Olds at 612/722- 3442 or lolds@mtn.org.

 

Saturday, March 29, 2003
PUBLIC PANEL & KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Vectors of Violence: War, Revolution, and Genocide

Location
Cowles Auditorium & Atrium
Hubert H. Humphrey Center
301-19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Noon Registration Opens
1:30 PM

Moderator: Eric Weitz (University of Minnesota)
Welcome: Associate Dean James Parente, Jr. (College of Liberal Arts)

1:45
Reports on the Scholars' Discussion
Mge Goek (University of Michigan)
Ronald Suny (The University of Chicago)

2:30
Coffee Break

2:45
Keynote Address:

Historical Crimes, Political Realism, and Morality, with Reflections on
the Armenian Genocide.

Elazar Barkan (Claremont Graduate School)

3:30
Public Discussion
17:00 Post-Discussion Public Reception

The keynote address and the panel discussion are free and open to the public. We do ask that those interested in attending any of the public
events register for the event. http://esc.cla.umn.edu/TurkishArmenianMeeting.htm

 

March 30, 2003
KFAI's Indian Uprising.
Indian Uprising is a one-half hour Public Affairs & Cultural program by, about and for American Indian people bringing to you subjects of concern to Indian people and others. The program is broadcast each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. over KFAI Fresh Air Radio, 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul.

Our guest will be Jerry Dearly, a Lakota of the Oglala Band on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. For the past 13 years he has been a Cultural Teacher for the St. Paul Public School Indian Education Secondary Program. Jerry also teaches Lakota language to adults and he is a seasoned Powwow Emcee. He will share with us his thoughts about sacred lands and speaking the Lakota language.

KFAI¹s broadcast signal has a range of an 8-mile radius from the Foshay Tower in Minneapolis and 5.3 miles from the Robert Street Water Tower in St. Paul.

KFAI programs can also be heard through the Internet. The radio station's homepage, at www.kfai.org, offers access to KFAI¹s live broadcast, as well as an archive of locally produced programs (online for up to two weeks after broadcast).

To find Indian Uprising:

o Click Program Archives
o If necessary, download RealOne/RealPlayer G2, QuickTime 6 or Icecast
o Click Listen to Archive Programs
o Scroll to and click Indian Uprising.

KFAI welcomes your comments! You can contact the producer and host of Indian Uprising, Chris Spotted Eagle, by email at seagle@tc.umn.edu; by mail in care of KFAI Fresh Air Radio, Box #61, 1808 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55454 or by calling 612-341-3144 Ext. 818 to leave a message.

KFAI Fresh Air Radio is a volunteer-based community station established to broadcast information, arts and entertainment programming for a Twin Cities audience of diverse racial, social and economic backgrounds. KFAI is a non-commercial FM radio station operated by a full and part time staff with over 300 volunteers. FFI: 612-341-3144.

 

April 3, 2003
World Federalist Association sponsors Dr. Ronald Glossop, national 1st Vice president of WFA, who will address, BEYOND PATRIOTISM, April 3.

You and any guests you may care to bring are cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Glossop, a Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Studies at the University of Southern Illinois, is an acclaimed author and one of the leading thinkers of the World Federalist movement. He is the author of two major books (among many other works) advancing the WFA perspective: CONFRONTING WAR: AN EXAMINATION OF HUMANITY'S MOST PRESSING PROBLEM, McFarland, 4th ed., 2001; and WORLD FEDERATION? A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF FEDERAL WWORLD GOVERNMENT, McFarland, 1993.

Date: Thursday, April 3.
Time: Reception at 5:45 pm, dinner at 6:30, program 7:15-8:45.
Location: Bistro Dining Room, basement of Humphrey Center for Public
Affairs, West Bank campus, University of Minnesota.

MENU: Roasted pork loin medallions or grilled vegetable panache.

COST: $18.00 per person or $9.00 for students and persons with limited income.

RESERVATIONS: Send check, payable to WFAMN, to Barbara Knudson, 1823
Franklin Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
(Specify vegetarian meal if desired.)

DEADLINE is March 28, 2003.

QUESTIONS? Call Barbara Knudson at 612-378-2634.

 

Thursday, April 3, 2003
Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights present Women's Human Rights Speaker Series "The Tensions Between Women's Rights and Multiculturalism in Peru" Presented by Ann Towns

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2003
Time: 12:00 P.M.
Location: Briggs and Morgan, PA, 2400 IDS Center, Minneapolis
(lunch will be served)

Ann Towns, originally from Sweden, recently returned from Peru where she is conducting research on globalization, notions of multiculturalism and women's rights. She is using Peru and Sweden as case studies. She has lived and travelled extensively in Latin America, doing research and also working to promote human rights. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota.

This is one in a series of lunchtime speakers dedicated to improving awareness of women's human rights issues. Please join us the first Thursday of each month for a new presentation. For more information, please contact Amelia at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.

Please R.S.V.P. to Amelia Buttress at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
by noon on Tuesday, April 1.
Phone: (612) 341-3302 ext. 107
Email: abuttress@mnadvocates.org

 

Saturday, April 5, 2003, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
The Science Museum of Minnesota, Third Annual American Indians in Science Event

Date: Saturday, April 5
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: 120 W. Kellogg Blvd.

Downtown St. Paul

The Science Museum of Minnesota celebrates the third annual American Indians in Science. Visitors can check out live science demonstrations by guest presenters. They'll become aware of the contributions Amerian Indians are making to science and technology, working from within both the European and native traditions.

Some of the presenters are:

- Faith Bad Bear, Science Museum ethnologist
- Dr. Lori Banaszak, family practice physician
- Ben Blackhawk, math teacher and Jim Rock, science teacher
- Etc.

Scientists and educators who would like to volunteer presenters should
contact the museum's Community Relations Department, (651) 221-4745.

For additional information call (651) 221-94444

Free with a purchased museum admission.

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2003
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Trip.
The Jewish Community Relations Council announces a one day trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Tuesday April 8, 2003. Cost for the one day trip is $295 which includes round trip chartered aircraft from the HHH Terminal and Twin Cities International Airport, chartered bus to and from the museum. The trip is open to all individuals 12 years and older. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Tour is open to school groups. Visit includes: Pre-trip orientation and materials, Permanent Exhibition Remember the Children: Daniel's Story If desired, use of the Wexner Learning ceter for research. For more information contact the JCRC at 612-338-7816 or Jodi@MinnDakJCRC.org. The JCRC and CHGS are not affiliated organizations but work together on mutually beneficial educational projects.

 

April 10-12
Pizza Luce and Anodyne Artists Company present "Deka Enye Nuse (Unity and Strength)"

Date: April 10, 11, 12
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Sheridan Global Arts & Communication School
1201 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis
Cost: $15 adult, $10 student

Contact: Hayorbibimma@hotmail.com

Pizza Luce and Anodyne Artists Company present the explosive energy of Hayor Bibimma Dance Theatre in a Dance Drama "Deka Enye Nuse (Unity and Strength)" . A stranger's presence in an African village brings conflict and confusion. It takes the power of dance and the wisdom of the ancestors to unearth the resolution.

 

Saturday, April 12, 2003, 9:00-2:30 p.m.
China in the Global Economy: Reform and Change.
In 1979, Deng Xiaoping opened China to the world and began a process of
economic reforms that have resulted in significant progress in the last twenty years. Today, China is a country that has the largest population, the fastest growing economy, largest foreign direct investment, and largest producer of several commodities. Recent accomplishments include admission into the World Trade Organization and maintaining good relationships with other countries. But can China continue their current success in the 21st century? Join other educators to examine economic reform in China, perspectives on China's recent entry into the WTO, and an analysis of China' s internal political, legal and social institutions. Teachers will learn new ways of teaching contemporary China issues and receive resource materials to aid in teaching. Yijiang Wang, Associate Professor in the Carlson School of Management, teaches the seminar. CEU's available.

Registration: $20, lunch provided

Contact Sarah Herzog at 612-624-7346 or at sherzog@umn.edu for registration materials or register online at http://igs.cla.umn.edu/outreach/Seminars.htm

 

April 12-13, 2003
Women In Motion presents DANCING FROM SHADOWS

Dates: APRIL 12, 8PM, APRIL 13, 7PM
Location: INTERMEDIA ARTS
2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
Cost: $12; $10 for students

For reservations after April 7th, call 612-871-4444
For inquiries or reservations before April 7th, call 612-626-2280

Women Of Lost Homes: This piece is inspired by the struggles of women across the world whose children have "disappeared" due to political violence.

Making Rain: This piece is based on and inspired by the untiring work of women leaders in anti-violence and peace movements.

Encounters: Collaboratively created and performed by Ananya Chatterjea, Thomas DeFrantz, and Akili Jamal Haynes, this work examines Africanist and South Asian diasporic movements in terms of the political struggles that immigrants endure.

 

Sunday, April 13, 2003, 11:00 a.m.
Join the University of Minnesota Law School for a 5K Fun Run/Walk to support students who go into low-paying public interest careers!

Test your speed against Dean Alex Johnson as he sprints to the Courthouse!

Date: Sunday, April 13th
Time: 11:00 AM
Start: University of MN Law School
Registration Donation: $20 ($15 for law students)

REGISTER TODAY AT www.law.umn.edu/students/lrap_run.html

 

Monday, April 14, 2003
2003 Silha Center Spring Forum SPJ Ethics in Journalism Week, Peter Y. Sussman, Journalist and Author, "A New Kind of Warfare Demands a New Kind of Journalism: Rethinking Journalists' Wartime Ethics"

Date: April 14
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union, East Bank

For additional information contact Elaine Hargrove-Simon at (612) 625-3421.

 

Jujitsu Films needs extras for the movie JUSTICE that will begin filming April 2 in the Twin Cities.

We need you and anyone you know who would interested in participating. Filming will take place Wed-Sun in either St. Paul (Courthouse or Mayor's office locations on the weekends) or Minneapolis (Mpls Institute of Arts (April 12 - big scene); 2110 Nicollet Avenue; and others near downtown Mpls during the week). Please let us know if you or others can help out! Either email me at this email or call us at home (651.222.6845). You can provide people with the following information:

General information:

Feature Film "JUSTICE";
Shooting this April (April 2 through May 4);
About criminal justice system and racism;
Being made by the Shulman Law Firm based in Minneapolis (civil rights lawyers); Film is part of the firm's work and mission.

Cast includes Roger Guenveur Smith as the male lead, Monica Calhoun as the female lead, and Anna Maria Horsford in one of the principal roles (check out these names at www.imdb.com); Working with Lou Bellamy at Penumbra and Jack Reuler at Mixed Blood Theater and local theater actors (Allen Hamilton, T. Mychael Rambo, Kevin West, Clyde Lund); Eric Tretbar, who directed Snow (Minnesota independent film that went to Sundance), is part of the directing team; Greg Winter, Director of Photography on Detective Fiction (just accepted at the Sundance Film Festival), is DP on this project; Michael Alan Stein, who was costume designer on Son of Sam is costume designer on this project;

Particulars of being an Extra

- Be on the big screen
- Be a part of this unique, local film (civil rights movie if applicable)
- Come if you are merely curious to see what a movie set is like
- Will require a couple of hours time
- May require a meeting with make-up and wardrobe
- Could even get a "Screen Credit" depending on the role

Synopsis of movie:

When an African-American public defender (Carter) is pressured by a white judge (Judge Bennett) to accept a plea bargain resisted by a street-wise client, Carter decides to leave the defender's office. Carter must choose between a job with his wife's Uncle in a fancy law firm, on the one hand, and opening his own law office with funding from his cousin, a drug dealer, on the other. Surprisingly, Carter chooses the latter, and fights to change the criminal justice system. As Carter clogs the system by refusing plea bargains and insisting on trials, even for minor cases, Judge Bennett and other public officials react by cracking down on Carter and his team. In the end, Carter and his wife Sharice are able to expose the corruption that underlies the criminal justice system's oppression of working class African-Americans.

For more information, email jimhilbert@shulmanlaw.com.

 

April 18-19, 2003
"Celebrating a Mosaic of Arab-American Experience"
, the inaugural event of the Arab-American Cultural Institute (AACI) which will be held at the Minneapolis College on April 18 and 19, 2003. This event is a journey through the culture, art, music and cuisine of Arabs and Arab-Americans. It will feature Professor Yvonne Haddad who will be giving the keynote address on "The Diversity and Culture of the Arab-American Community in the U.S."; "Calligraphy" presentation by Adnan Shati; Poetry / Literary Readings by Kathy Haddad and JoAnna Kadi; Music by Adrare Ammillal and Layali Sharque; Debka dancers. Two films will be shown,"The Silences of the Palace," a Tunisian feature film, and"Destiny," a feature film by Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine. Both films will be followed by a discussion. Food will be catered by the Holy Land Bakery & Deli and Cedar Bakery and Deli.

The mission of the Arab-American Cultural Institute (AACI) is to foster understanding of Arab and Arab-American culture, inform the public of
the societal contributions of Arabs and Arab-Americans, and promote tolerance and cultural diversity. AACI is a non-political, non-sectarian, and non-partisan organization that seeks to celebrate all cultures present in the Arab World.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible and preferably no later than April 12,
2003:
By e-mail: info@aaci-us.org
By phone: (952) 922-0501
By mail: 5112 Bedford Avenue, Edina, MN 55236

The Minneapolis College (formerly the Minneapolis Community and Technical College) is located at 1501 Hennepin Avenue. Parking is
available across the street and in the parking lot on Hennepin Avenue. Follow directions to the College Center (also known as the Student
Center) in Helland Center.

You can find the detailed event schedule at: www.aaci-us.org




April 19, 2003, 7:30 p.m.
African Arts Expressions in performance.
You are invited to participate in a one-week artist in residence workshop on African music and dance from April 14 - 19, 2003. This will culminate with an interdisciplinary arts performance event featuring artist in residence, Dr. Paschal Younge, Ghanaian Master drummer and Director of the World Music Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, VA with CLA faculty and
students.

Location: Ultan Recital Hall, School of Music, Ferguson Hall

For information on participating in this event contact- Akosua Addo, School of Music, addox002@umn.edu or phone: (612) 624-8516.

This program is funded by the Scholarly Events Fund.

 

Saturday, April 19, 2003, 1:30 p.m.
Justice Wanted: Ni una Muerta Más. Señorita Extraviada, a film by Lourdes Portillo.
Someone is killing the young women of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, since 1993. Over 270 women have been raped and murdered. Señorita Extraviada is a haunting investigation into an unspeakable crime wave amid the chaos and corruption of one of the world's biggest border towns. Stay and talk to Mexican activist Esther Chávez Cano, founder and Director of Casa Amiga, the only crisis center on the Mexican side of the border.

Location: Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455.

For more information: email niunamas2003@yahoo.com or call 612-625-2995 or visit http://www.umn.edu/~espon001/juarez.html

 

April 22, 2003 (Earth Day)
Anne R. Kapuscinski and Margaret Mellon: Biotechnology and the Environment.
U of M Professor Anne Kapuscinski is the Director of the Institute for Social, Economic, and Ecological Sustainability in the College of Natural Resources. Margaret Mellon is the Director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, D. C.

Location: Ted Mann Concert Hall



Tuesday, April 22, 2003, 12:15 - 1:15
Human Rights Center Film Series and Pizza Lunch, "Monsoon Wedding" (continued)

Date: Tuesday, April 22nd
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Room: N-204, Mondale Hall

Please remember to bring a donation for pizza and soda and to RSVP by Tuesday, April 22nd by 10:00 am if you plan to attend.



Wednesday, April 23, 2003, 12:15 p.m.
The National Lawyers Guild Presents Tim Wise, "Equity in the Balance: Exposing the Right-Wing Assault on Affirmative Action".
Anti-racist Activist, Advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, and author of Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections from an Angry White Male and Great White Hoax: Responding to David Duke and the Politics of White Nationalism.

Location: Lockhart Hall (Room 25)
University of Minnesota Law School
229-19th Ave.S. - Mpls (west bank)

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2003, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
The Unseen Crisis in China: U of M Student’s Mother Held In Prison for Practicing Falun Gong
. Come learn about the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, including the persecution of Jingjiang Chen, the mother of U of M student, Cheng Wan.

Write a postcard to help free Jingjiang Chen!

Location: Anderson 270

 

April 23-26, 2003
Weaving the Fabric of Community: A Celebration of Service-Learning
. Celebrating fourteen years of service-learning leadership, the National Service-Learning Conference highlights and promotes service-learning as a way of teaching and learning that builds academic and citizenship skills while renewing communities. It is the only major national education conference that provides service- learning professional development to a diverse audience of K-H educators, administrators, pre-service teacher education staff and faculty, researchers, policy makers, youth leaders, parents, program coordinators, national service members, community-based organization staffs, and corporate and foundation officers.

This year, the Conference will convene in Minneapolis, MN with the theme Weaving the Fabric of Community: A Celebration of Service-Learning."

The Conference will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in beautiful downtown Minneapolis on April 23-26, 2003.

P105 -- Service-Learning for Human Rights
Presenters: Rahima Wade, Professor, University of Iowa; Kristi
Rudelius-Palmer, Co-Directors, University of Minnesota Law School’s Human Rights Center; Dave Donahue, Assistant
Professor, Mills College (Oakland, CA)
Time: 1 - 5 p.m.
Adults: $100
Youths: $35
Human rights are basic standards people need to live in dignity. In claiming these rights, we accept responsibility not to infringe on the rights of others and to support those whose rights are abused. How can service meet these ends? How can a human rights framework inform reflection on service?

At the same time that service-learning has been growing in popularity in the United States, people around the world have come to recognize human rights as the fundamental cornerstone for achieving human dignity, equality, and social justice. While the civil and political rights enshrined in documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are familiar to most U.S. Citizens, human rights are not as well known. Not only do human rights include civil and political rights, but also less familiar economic, social and cultural rights such as the right to a nationality, to employment, and to an adequate standard of living.

A human rights perspective can prompt change in how participants define service, specifically from direct service to advocacy or a social justice approach to service. So that participants can experience a variety of human rights issues and teaching strategies, we will devote part of the workshop to a human rights education “marketplace,” with stations where participants can engage in a number of activities addressing such issues as children’s rights, women’s rights, environmental rights, gay and lesbian rights, economic rights - and then connect these activities to ideas for service or reflection on service-learning projects.

Rebecca CapeNational Youth Leadership Council1667 Snelling Ave. North, Ste. D300 St. Paul, MN 55108651-999-7365Fax 651- 999-7399 www.nylc.org


Kristi Rudelius-Palmer University of Minnesota Human Rights Center 229 19th Ave. So. Mpls., MN 55455 612-626-7794 FAX:612-625-2011

 

Friday, April 25, 2003, 6:00 p.m.
Armenian Commemoration.

St. Sahag Armenian Church
203 North Howell
St. Paul, 55104
(Off Marshall/Cretin-Vandal Exit)

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day will be observed on Friday, April 25, 6pm at St. Sahag Armenian Church. Dr. Taner Akcam, visiting professor of Turkish and Armenian History at the University of Minnesota will be keynote speaker. Dr. Taner Akcam, the foremost Turkish advocate of truth and reconciliation about the Armenian Genocide, will be the keynote speaker at Minnesota's Armenian Remembrance Day, April 25, at 6 p.m. sharp. Sponsored by the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota, the 88th anniversary commemoration takes place at St. Sahag Armenian Church, 203 N. Howell St., St. Paul. This event is free and open to the public.

The Armenian Genocide of 1915 was the first of the modern era. Under cover of the First World War, the Ottoman Empire deported 2 million Armenians, of whom 1.5 million were killed and 500,000 were permanently expelled from their ancient homeland in present-day Turkey. Though widely reported at the time, these horrific events were soon forgotten--causing Adolf Hitler to remark just prior to the beginning of the 1939 campaign in Poland that produced the genocide of the Jews and others in Europe: "Who today remembers the extermination of the Armenians?" To this day, the Turkish government aggressively denies that such a genocide occurred.

A former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, Taner Akcam is an outspoken, lifelong advocate of human rights and democracy in his native Turkey. Between 1982 and 1995 he was a founding organizer of the immigrant movement within the German Green Party. Now Visiting Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Akcam is the author of "Dialogue Across an International Divide" and the forthcoming "Foundations of the Turkish Republic: Essays on Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide."

The Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota, established 1980, is an independent cultural and educational organization headquartered in St. Paul. Armenians first settled in the Twin Cities in 1899; today, approximately 1,150 Minnesotans claim Armenian ancestry.

Contact: Lou Ann Matossian, Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota, (612) 359-8991

Potluck dinner to follow at 7pm. Presented by the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota. Free and open to the public.

 

April 29, 2003, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Minnesota Advocates, "Confronting our Own Biases: Discrimination in a Post-September 11 World".

Location: University of Minnesota Law School, Room 25

This timely community forum will feature a panel discussion on issues related to hate crimes and discrimination since September 11. Panelists include: Amardeep Singh, a researcher from Human Rights Watch who authored We are Not the Enemy: Hate Crimes Against Arabs and Muslims and those Perceived to be Arabs and Muslims after September 11, as well as local panelists Sharon Sayles Belton, former mayor of Minneapolis and Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute (invited), Nadifa Osman from the Somali community, and Rajinder Singh from the local Sikh community.

For more information, contact Therese Gales, (612) 341-3302, x 116 or tgales@mnadvocates.org

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2003
Indian Health Fair Needs Volunteers.

The Native American Connections Committee of First Universalist Church is again recruiting volunteers to work at the Eighth Annual Indian Health Fair.

Time: Volunteer shifts are available from 10 am through 4 pm (most volunteers are needed between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.)

Location: Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave.

Last year was the first year that they used volunteers from the community and it was a great success. We're needed again this year. More than 50 local health agencies and community groups provide information and health screenings to over 800 Indians who attend this event.

Last year was the first year volunteers outside the community were used and it helped the fair run smoothly and allowed the planning task force to concentrate their efforts on the venders and programs.

50 volunteers is a lot to find during the daytime. If you, or any people you know who do not work during the day, or could get released from work for several hours, please call Beth Brownfield 612-824-7213. A quick response is appreciated as recruitment must be complete at least a week before the event.

Wednesday, April 30, 2003, 7:30 p.m.
Samantha Power to speak at U of M.
Samantha Power won the National Book Critics Award for non-fiction for her book, "A PROBLEM FROM HELL: AMERICA AND THE AGE OF GENOCIDE (New Republic/Basic Books)," as reported in the New York Times, Thursday, February 27. Power, executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University will speak at the University of Minnesota on Wednesday, April 30, at 7:30PM in Room 25 Law School. It will be free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Dr. Power is currently doing journalist research on the regime of Saddam Hussein and Iraq.

Location: Room 25 Law School

 

Saturday, May 3, 2003, 9:00-2:30 p.m.
Islam and the United States.
One of the most frequently asked questions by Americans, in recent times, has been "Why do they hate us so much?" Experts have provided various reasons. Islam and the United States explains the fundamentals of the Islamic faith and explores the areas of friction between Islam and the West, including the United States, from a historical, cultural, ideological, and socio-political perspective. It asks what caused a friendly and trustworthy ally to the world to be transformed into a hated and untrustworthy enemy of the Muslims? More importantly, it specifies what needs to be done to restore the friendship and the trust of the Muslim world. Iraj Bashiri, professor of Central Asian Studies at the University of Minnesota, is teaching this workshop. CEU's available. Registration: $20, lunch provided

Contact Sarah Herzog at 612-624-7346 or at sherzog@umn.edu for registration materials or register online at http://igs.cla.umn.edu/outreach/Seminars.htm

 

May 5, 2003
Orientation for Minnesota Peace Jam.
In the mid-1990’s, Denver residents Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff asked themselves: What do Nobel Peace Prize winners do, after they have won their award, to pass on their wisdom and skills to youth? It is a question and idea that makes a great deal of sense in the current global situation. The Nobel winners are people who have shown exceptional courage and skill in addressing complex social and political problems.

A project entitled PeaceJam was created that brought together 11 of the most outstanding living Nobel Laureates, including the Dalai Lama and Bishop Tutu, who all agreed to meet personally with high-school aged youth to explore peacemaking skills. The program has now sponsored 50 programs in a series of affiliate sites in the United States, South Africa, India, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.

Minnesota PeaceJam is now one of the new American affiliate sites and will sponsor its first full program featuring Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams from Northern Ireland this year. Ms Williams shared the 1977 award with Mairead Corrigan Maguire when the two combined to launch a peace movement of Catholic and Protestant women after Ms. Maguire’s three nieces and nephews had been killed on the streets of Belfast.

PeaceJam is a nonsectarian and nonpartisan educational project that focuses on peace at four levels -- peace within yourself, peace in personal relationships, creating the conditions for peace in your own community through service-learning projects, and exploring issues of global peacemaking. It is open to high school aged-youth from school classes, school clubs, and community-based organizations. The program might be of extra interest to groups already involved in service-learning who would like to rethink their service work in terms of peacemaking. PeaceJam seeks to recruit and bring together 50 organizations from throughout Minnesota that reflect our state’s diversity to dialogue and learn from one another.

The accompanying flyer provides all of the program details and timelines, as well as contact information if you have questions. We are seeking to secure money to scholarship some participants, but this is not yet available. The Minnesota program director is Donna Gillen and its founders are James and Pamela Toole of Compass Institute. As you can read in the flyer, a large number of Minnesota organizations have come together to co- sponsor and bring this program to our state.

For more information: view the peacejam flyer or contact Program Director Donna Gillen at 651-646-8008 or donnag@mninter.net or phone the Campus Institute at 651-787-0509.

Saturday, May 24, 2003, 2:00 p.m.
NLG-Minnesota and Michelle Gross CUAPB presents, "Stop Police Brutality before it Starts: Know Your Rights When Dealing with Police".
Community meeting and training session on how to protect your rights and survive an encounter with police. Topics include:

Ø Knowing Your Rights
Ø What to Say (and What Not to Say) to a Police Officer
Ø Dealing with Traffic Stops
Ø Your Rights Regarding Searches
Ø Your Rights Regarding ID Cards
Ø What to Do (and Not Do) if Arrested

This training will be presented jointly by CUAPB and the National Lawyers Guild--MN Chapter. We'll also be presenting information on what to do if you are brutalized by police and about our class action lawsuit. Be there!

Location: IATP Building, 2104 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis

 

May 30, 2003
Summer Institutes for Teachers - Institute for Global Studies and European Studies Consortium. REGISTRATION DUE!
The Institute for Global Studies and the European Studies Consortium at the University of Minnesota are pleased to announce its schedule of Teacher Summer Institutes. The Institutes are provocative teacher summer seminars on global and international topics for K-12 and community college
educators. Teachers learn content related to the seminar themes, explore related curriculum materials, and learn new strategies and skills for
incorporating these global issues into their curriculum. Language teachers are encouraged to participate in these opportunities to create exciting new curriculum for language learners. The Summer Institutes are funded by a Title VI grant from the Department of Education. For full descriptions of the seminars listed below, go to http://igs.cla.umn.edu/outreach/si.htm http://igs.cla.umn.edu/outreach/si.htm.
Register online at: http://igs.cla.umn.edu/outreach/siregistration03.htm

Courses:

Gender and Global Politics
June 16-20, 2003; 9:00-3:00 p.m.
This course will employ cross-cultural, geographical and historical perspectives to analyze questions of representation, voice, and agency. We
will explore the ways in which gender, class and other axes of social power and difference shape the ways that "third world" women (and men) determine their own cultures of resistance and praxis of empowerment. The major themes of this workshop are grounded in the international political-economic contexts that underscore the realities of global interconnectedness, as well as the uneven ways in which different communities and nations get incorporated into the "global." Richa Nagar, from the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Minnesota, teaches the course. This is a non-credit course; Professional credits and CEU's can be arranged. Registration fee: $125.

An Austrian Journey: 1945 to the Present
June 23-27, 2003; 9:00-3:00 p.m.
We'll explore post-World War II Austria through the reconstruction of an independent Austrian nation, the socio-cultural changes in the 1960s and 1970s, and Austria's membership in the European Union in the 1990s. Participants will become familiar with Austria's literature, the situation of the Austrian media, and recent Austrian films in order to examine the question of Austrian identity at the turn of the twenty-first century. Gundolf Graml, from the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, teaches the course. This is a non-credit course; Professional credits and CEU's can be arranged. Registration fee: $125

Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide
July 7-11, 2003; 9:00-3:00 p.m.
The age of terrorism in which we live was accompanied by an increased brutalization of civilians during the 20th century. The word "genocide"
was coined by Raphael Lemkin in 1944 and became the basis for the UN Convention on Genocide in 1948. Among the many genocides of the 20th Century, the Holocaust (extermination by Germany of Jews and Roma/Sinti) remains the archetypal event. This course will examine major issues surrounding this topic, provide materials to aid in teaching, bring together guest lecturers that will aid teachers in establishing a format for introducing the subject to pre-college students.The course is being taught by Professor Stephen Feinstein, Director of the Center for
Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota. This is a two 2-credit course. You will be billed for the credits. Participants can
register forCI 5150 Sec 1, GloS 5900 Sec 1, HiST 5960 Sec 1, or JwSt 5900 Sec 1.

History of War and Trauma: Psychological, Spiritual, Social Effects of War
July 14-18, 2003; 9:00-3:00 p.m.
This course exams the problem of how wars end. Teachers will address the issues of how people live through and remember mass organized violence. We will read and discuss various strategies of survival and autobiographies from Cambodians, Vietnamese, Bosnians, and Tibetans. The course will combine a study of the economic and social effects of war, understandings of the private psychological and spiritual legacies, war/peace memorials, contradictions of responses to war, and the different ways of looking at photographs of war. Richard Kagan, Professor of History at Hamline University, teaches this course. This is a non-credit course; Professional credits and CEU's can be arranged. Registration fee: $125

FOR WHOM
K-12 and community college educators. Enrollments is limited to 30 participants.

WHERE
The Institutes are from 9:00-3:00 p.m. on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

COST
$125 for a non-credit course. The Holocaust Institute must be taken for credit. Registration/tuition covers the cost of faculty instruction, guest
speakers, and a continental breakfast. Participants are responsible for textbooks, travel andsome meals.

PROFESSIONAL CREDIT AVAILABLE
Participants have the option to register for professional credit. Tuition is approximately $272 per credit, plus registration fees.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND LODGING
Scholarships of $60 are available to teachers to help with tuition for the non-credit courses. In addition, we have reserved dorm accommodations on campus, with air conditioning and shared bathrooms.

REGISTRATION
Registration is due May 30, 2003. You can register online at http://igs.cla.umn.edu/outreach/si.htm.


QUESTIONS
Sarah K Herzog, Outreach Coordinator Institute for Global Studies
University of Minnesota
214 Social Sciences Bldg
267 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

 

May 30, 2003
A US CORPORATION PROVIDES FULL SCHOLARSHIP FOR ZORYAN'S GENOCIDE AND HUMAN RIGHTS UNIVERSITY PROGRAM


ZORYAN INSTITUTE OF CANADA, INC.
255 Duncan Mill Rd., Suite 310
Toronto, ON, Canada M3B 3H9
Tel: 416-250-9807 Fax: 416-512-1736 E-mail: zoryan@idirect.ca
www.zoryaninstitute.org

The Zoryan Institute is pleased to announce that an anonymous US corporation will provide full scholarships for five students to attend the
Genocide & Human Rights University Program in Toronto, August 5-15, 2003. The Zoryan Institute is a non-profit, international center devoted to the
research and documentation of contemporary issues related to the history, politics, society, and culture of Armenia and Armenians around the world.

The scholarships will cover the cost of tuition and accommodation. The candidates will have to pay for their travel to and from Toronto and meals. According to the terms of the special grant, the applicants must be US citizens. The applicants must also be university graduates or at least upper class undergraduates majoring in history, sociology or political science. Selection will be based on a combination of strength of interest, scholastic aptitude, and relevance of the course to the candidate's future. Knowledge of the Armenian language will be helpful.

The application deadline is May 30, 2003. Applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter setting forth their qualifications and their interest in the course to the address shown below.

This two-week course places genocide in historical context and examines its relation to human rights. The course will cover topics such as development of the concept of human rights and genocide, comparison of genocides, genocide denial, international politics and genocide, legal aspects of genocide, psychological consequences of genocide and denial on survivors and their descendents, the development and the future of diasporas resulting from genocide, challenges to dialogue and reconciliation between perpetrator and victim groups, and the prevention of genocide.

For more information regarding the course and instructors, please visit www.zoryaninstitute.org or contact George Shirinian,
Tel: 416-250-9807.

 

 



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