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The World is Coming to UConn to Learn About Human Rights: Universitas 21

This summer, nearly 100 students and faculty from around the world will come to Storrs.  From July 7 -20, the University of Connecticut will host the 2013 Universitas 21 Summer School highlighting a program that is fast becoming world renown, human rights.  Under the leadership of the Human Rights Institute and with the support of the Office of Global Programs, UConn faculty and staff have developed an intensive, interdisciplinary and broad ranging curriculum designed to offer participants the opportunity to think critically about the place of human rights in our world.  In addition to attending lectures and engaging in discussions with human rights experts here on campus, students will be headed to New York to visit the United Nations and the Open Society Foundation, and around Connecticut for hands-on experiences with local human rights agencies and activists.   At the end of the session, students will be developing and presenting collaborative projects based on their experiences before leaving better prepared to continue their engagement with the human rights approach in their home countries and universities.

This summer school comes as the Human Rights Institute prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary.  Over that time we have built one of the largest undergraduate programs in human rights, including offering one of the only Human Rights Majors in the country.  The UConn approach to human rights education emphasizes the role of the social science and humanities alongside the law in giving students an interdisciplinary and holistic understanding of one of the most import aspects of our increasingly global society.  It is exactly this approach (known as the “Connecticut School of Human Rights”) that we have designed the Universitas 21 Summer School to reflect and we are excited and hopeful that it will inspire participants to continue their human rights education in whatever field they call home.

This opportunity was made possible by the fact that UConn is a member of Universitas 21, a global consortium of 24 top research universities in 16 different countries.   The network provides opportunities to collaborate in research and teaching, as well as exchanges for faculty, staff, and students.  In addition to these programs, each year since 2004, one member has hosted a summer school session dedicated to a particular topic, including climate change (University of Queensland), food security (University of Nottingham-Ningbo), and global entrepreneurship (Tecnológico de Monterrey).  We look forward to having students and faculty from Australia, Chile, China, Ireland, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, and the UK here in Connecticut for a lively and global conversation! 

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