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Fall 2017 Newsletter

Greetings from the Human Rights Institute

Greetings from UConn’s Human Rights Institute. The 2017-18 academic year is already off to a wonderful start, kicked off by a two-day conference put on by the collaborative Business and Human Rights Initiative (Dr. Shareen Hertel, lead organizer of the conference, describes the conference in the News from HRI section below). The undergraduate and graduate programs continue to grow – with nearly 200 students in the undergraduate program and 30 in our graduate certificate program. Faculty have won prestigious awards in support of cutting-edge research and our students are benefiting from new funded internships experiences in the United States and abroad (see News from HRI below).
Importantly, this year marks the second of our three-year campaign to endow the Human Rights Institute. In January 2016 Philanthropist George Soros, UConn alumnus Gary Gladstein (’66) and Dr. Phyllis Gladstein announced a
$4 million gift to HRI – the largest donation ever received by the program. As part of the gift, members of the UConn community - faculty, staff, students, and alum - are challenged to raise another $2 million to support HRI. For those who want to contribute to this effort, please follow thilink. Your gift to the match is very important to show the broad reach of our human rights community.

Next year HRI will celebrate its 15th year anniversary – we hope alumni from our undergraduate and graduate programs will provide updates about your own lives and work at the links provided below. This will help us highlight the ways in which studying human rights continues to be meaningful to you. We will share such news on HRI's Facebook page and in future newsletters.
Kathryn Libal, Director                                                Molly Land, Associate Director

News from HRI

Conference on "Protecting Rights at the End of the Line: Stakeholder Engagement in Light Manufacturing"
was held October 5 & 6 at UConn
Read more from organizer Shareen Hertel
Founding Director, Richard A. Wilson, has a new publication "Incitement on Trial, Prosecuting International Speech Crimes" and is granted a Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship to continue his work on speech and incitement in the U.S. context. Read More
UConn Law Intern, Elaf Al-Wohaibi, traveled to Greece this past summer as an intern for a student-led organization, Connecticut Anchor. CT Anchor’s goal is to provide humanitarian support to refugees in Greece, as well as aid resettled families here in Connecticut.
Read More
Internship Fellow Spotlight:
Jillianne Lyon
Read about her experience at Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

News for Alumni

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