Wednesday, November 11, 2020
12:30-2:00 p.m. EST
Please join us for a lunchtime seminar with Sandra Sirota and Manuela Wagner entitled: “Pedagogies for Human Rights Education and Intercultural Competence."
Sirota and Wagner will share how they planned and implemented a collaborative course on human rights education and intercultural citizenship in which students created educational projects for implementation in formal and non-formal settings. Topics will include main themes, examples of students' projects, opportunities for collaboration and online course design, and challenges of online course design and implementation.
Dr. Sandra Sirota’s research and teaching expertise center on human rights and social justice education in formal and non-formal settings in the United States and South Africa. She is a post-doctoral fellow with the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. Her recent publications explore teacher education in human rights, human rights education in South African textbooks, and human rights education in curricula and classrooms in the United States.
Sandra has consulted for international and non-profit organizations such as the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She drafted, in collaboration with experts at the United Nations and across the globe, the Plan of Action for the Fourth Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education. She served on the founding steering committee of the human rights education network, Human Rights Educators USA, from 2012 to 2014 and is currently on the steering committee of the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education. She earned her doctoral degree in International Educational Development with a specialization in peace and human rights from Columbia University Teachers College.
Dr. Manuela Wagner specializes in the integration of intercultural dialogue and citizenship in education with the goal of fostering an environment in which students can sustain different parts of their identities . She is particularly interested in the interplay of theory and practice and enjoys collaborating with colleagues in K-20. Examples of projects can be found in her co-authored and co-edited volumes: Teaching Intercultural Citizenship Across the Curriculum: The Role of Language Education (2019) Teaching Intercultural Competence Across the Age Range: From Theory to Practice (2018), and Education for Intercultural Citizenship: Principles in Practice (2017). Other research interests include intellectual humility and conviction, humor in a variety of contexts (language education, German-speaking cultures), and first language acquisition (pragmatic development in infants and children and language development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder).
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This event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute and the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education.