Human Rights Awards Support Research, Education
The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and its Human Rights Institute have granted awards totaling more than $60,000 for faculty to conduct human rights research, education, and programming in 2004-2005.
Thanks to an endowment from UConn alumnus Gary Gladstein and his wife Judi, these awards triple the amount provided in previous years.
"Although it's tragic that human rights violations are continuing across the world and demand such attention," said Tom Wilsted, Dodd Center director, "we can truthfully say that no other university can boast the depth of commitment to the issues of human rights than the University of Connecticut."
Richard Wilson, director of the institute, said, "As we see this commitment taking place across our campus on both a personal and financial level, we're grateful that the Gladsteins and others have come forth to help fund faculty efforts that otherwise would not be realized, efforts that are necessary if we are ever to address the issue of the escalating number of human rights violations in the U.S. and abroad."
Wilsted said the specific nature of many of the grants illustrates not only the concern, but also the courage and scholarly imagination of many of the award winners.
"Not only does this money allow us to multiply our educational and research efforts on human rights," he added, "but it allows us to build a body of knowledge that currently does not exist, a body of knowledge that can benefit the University community and the growing numbers of people across the United States who are interested in this subject."
The award winners are:
Human Rights Institute Research Awards
Lawrence B. Goodheart, History
Michelle Kaufman, Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology
Marita McComiskey, Women's Studies
Samuel Martinez, Anthropology
Nancy A. Naples, Sociology and Women's Studies
Olu Oguibe, Art and Art History
Human Rights Institute Educational Awards
Gary English, Drama
Davita Silfen Glasberg, Sociology
Gregory Kneidel, English
Salvatore Scalora, William Benton Museum of Art
Frank Mack, Managing Director - Connecticut Repertory Theater
Marita McComiskey - Women's Studies Program
Paul Bloomfield - Philosophy
David Cournoyer - School of Social Work
Lynne Healy/Tom Felke - Center For International Social Work, School of Social
Davita Silfen Glasberg - Sociology and Human Rights Minor Program.
Rebecca Aubrey and Maytte Restrep-Ruiz - Center for Latin America & Caribbean
Jon Bauer - School of Law
John A. Davis - History
John A. Davis - Center for European Studies