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Sessions Overview — Day 1

Monday, October 28

Human Rights in Authoritarian Regimes

 

9:20 am – 11:00 am          OPENING PLENARY in Hoversten Chapel

Featuring Leyla Hussein, Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury and Jerry Sesanga and their activism efforts.

Location: Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel



11:10 am – 12:20 pm        BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Panel Discussion             Creative Dissent  

Activists Leyla Hussein, Jerry Sesanga and Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury (Tutul)  will share strategies for unlocking creativity to promote human rights. This panel has mastered the use of film and literature, digital media, and even vagina cupcakes! To close out the session, there will be a short reading from Tutul’s magazine, Shuddhashar.

Location: Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel


Panel Discussion            Protecting the Environment is a Global Mission 

Environmental activist Evgeniya Chirikova will discuss the importance of uniting the globe to protect the environment. Chirikova’s leadership in standing up to the Russian government has both educated and inspired a new generation of activists around the world. Andrew Zolli from Planet Labs shows the intersection of peace, human rights, local indigenous communities, and ecological and human well-being, with stunning visuals and maps from space, within the context of monitoring world ecosystems.

Location: Christensen Center, Marshall Room


Workshop                         New Tactics – Center for Victims of Torture 

Libyan human rights activist Asma Khalifa will partner with the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) to explore the CVT’s new digital Tactical Mapping Tool and its potential use by activists. The tool, developed as part of CVT’s Rawabet Initiative to promote human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, makes it possible for individuals and organizations to work collaboratively to develop strategic, targeted, and effective action.

Location: Oren Gateway Center, Room 100


Film Screening                The Cruel Cut  

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is when a female’s genitals or part of her genitals are removed for non-medical reasons. Leyla Hussein’s captivating and powerful documentary explores the complex world of FGM. This video contains very strong language, graphic images and descriptions of FGM. Recommended age to view this film is 16 years or over. FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

We thank © Love Productions for the rights to screen this film during the Human Rights Forum.

Location: Anderson Music Hall, Sateren Auditorium



12:30 pm – 1:40 pm       LUNCH and NETWORKING


12:40 pm – 1:40 pm       Human Rights 101: An Introduction to Human Rights 

This session will provide an overview of international human rights law and the international system for protecting human rights.  The session will also explore the connection between human rights and social justice work in the United States. Session is lead by Madeline Lohman and Jennifer Prestholdt both representing the Advocates for Human Rights. 

Location: Oren Gateway Center, Room 100



1:50 pm – 3:00 pm            SECOND PLENARY in Hoversten Chapel

Featuring Asma Khalifa, Evgeniya Chirikova, Andrew Zolli and their activism efforts.

Location: Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel


3:10 pm – 4:20 pm           BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Panel Discussion            How Womanhood Shapes Activism 

Activists Asma Khalifa and Leyla Hussein share their experiences of womanhood in the activist field. Have they faced particular difficulties due to their gender, and how did they overcome them? How can allies support female activists? Jerry Sesanga discusses how men should speak out in support of women who have traditionally been kept silent due to stigma.

Location: Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel


Lecture                            Resilience

Activist Tutul Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi writer, discusses how to stay resilient while experiencing the challenges of living in exile. He stresses the importance of connecting with others who have shared commitments to human rights or shared experiences, in order to rebuild one’s own community. Andrew Zolli is an internationally best-selling author who talks about resilience to trauma, both for individuals and within larger communities. His work at The Garrison Institute brought together psychologists, psychiatrists, and subject matter experts to create a contemplative-based resilience (CBR) training program to support human rights activists in tackling primary and secondary trauma.

Location: Christensen Center, Marshall Room


Workshop                      New Tactics – Center for Victims of Torture

Russian environmental activist Evgeniya Chirikova will partner with the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) to explore the CVT’s new digital Tactical Mapping Tool and its potential use by activists. The tool, developed as part of CVT’s Rawabet Initiative to promote human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, makes it possible for individuals and organizations to work collaboratively to develop strategic, targeted, and effective action.

Location: Oren Gateway Center, Room 100


Film Screening             The Cruel Cut 

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is when a female’s genitals or part of her genitals are removed for non-medical reasons. Leyla Hussein’s captivating and powerful documentary explores the complex world of FGM. This video contains very strong language, graphic images and descriptions of FGM. Recommended age to view this film is 16 years or over. FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

We thank © Love Productions for the rights to screen this film during the Human Rights Forum.

Location: Anderson Music Hall, Sateren Auditorium



5:00 pm – 7:00  pm       Peace Meal 

This is a curated experience designed to promote dialogue, reflection and human connection by sharing food around a common table. Join us as we debrief and process the take-aways from the day and meet some of our amazing speakers in our new building, the Hagfors Center 150. This event is co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Tickets and Registration available here

Location: Hagfors Center, Room 150


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