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June 14, 2005

Human Rights Grants Announced

The Thomas J. Dodd Center and the Human Rights Institute have granted awards totaling more than $20,000 to members of the campus community to conduct human rights research and programming in 2005-06. In addition, to mark its 10th anniversary this fall, the Dodd Center, using funds provided by the President’s and Provost’s offices, has awarded almost $20,000 in grants to support a series of public programs on the theme of globalization and human rights.

This year, the annual Human Rights Initiative funding from the Provost’s Office has been combined with Human Rights Institute awards made possible by an endowment established by Gary Gladstein ’66 and his wife Judith.

“This has meant an exceptional level of financial support for human rights programming to facilitate events that facilitate a broad discussion of human rights issues at UConn,” says Richard Wilson, director of the Human Rights Institute. “These awards build upon the excellent program of activities and research undertaken by faculty and students in recent years, and raise the human rights program to a new level of significance at UConn and in the wider community.”

This year, for the first time, Human Rights Institute research awards have been made available specifically to graduate students to encourage primary research on human rights issues, such as sex trafficking in Nepal, criminal justice in Connecticut, fair trade coffee, and human rights questions in Uruguay and South Africa.

Thomas Wilsted, director of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, says it is significant that there is broad interest in human rights issues at UConn as the Dodd Center celebrates its first decade.

“The Dodd Center was very pleased with the level of interest from programs across campus in planning human rights programs that will be part of the Center’s 10th anniversary celebration,” he said. “This is a reflection of the growing student and faculty interest in human rights.”

The recipients are:

Erin Andrew, Philosophy Club and PR/LACC
Film Screening of The Take and lecture by co-director and co-producer Avi Lewis, $2,430.

Jon Bauer, Law School
Presentation to UConn undergraduates by the Law School’s Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, $1,000.

Shelley Buchbinder, Hillel
World AIDS Day Events, $1,000.

Fe Delos-Santos, Asian American Studies
Film screening: Claiming Our Human Rights, The Japanese Latin American World War II Internment and the Campaign for Justice, Redress and Reparations, $2,200.

Kathy Fluckiger, Women’s Center Leadership Committee
Seminar series: “21st Century Field Work- Women as Change Agents in Stem Cell Research,” $1,000.

Tricia Gabany-Guerrero, Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Mark Overmyer-Velazquez, History; and Xae Reyes, Curriculum & Instruction
Seminar series, “Perspectives on Human Rights and Immigration: The Connecticut-Latin America/Caribbean Connection,” $2,500.

Barbara Gurr, Women’s Studies
18th Annual Women’s Studies Conference, “Sisterhood is Global: From Theory to Practice,” keynote speaker Winona LaDuke, $1,000.

Gary English, Dramatic Arts and Connecticut Repertory Theatre
CRT World Premiere Production of Prudence, a new play by Barbara and Carlton Molette, about Prudence Crandall and the creation of the first school for African-American girls in the United States, $2,500.

Nancy Naples, Sociology and Women’s Studies
Workshop, “Activist Scholarship for Human Rights,” $2,500.

Frederick Roden, English, Stamford Campus
Lecture by Mark Jordan, “Homosexuality, Religion, and the Law,” $1,000.

Angela Rola, Asian American Cultural Center
Film screening of My Migrant Soul: A Story of Modern Day Slavery, and discussion with director Yasmine Kabir, $1,000.

Sal Scalora, Benton Museum
Exhibition of photographs by Adam Nadel, If My Eyes Speak: War Testimonies from Sudan, Rwanda, Bosnia, and New York, and lecture at the Dodd Center, $2,500.

Graduate Research Funding Awards

Rebecca Aubrey, Political Science
“Human Rights Justice and Political Stability in Uruguay,” $2,000.

Patrick Heidkamp, Geography
“Credence Attributes, Alternative Trade, and Human Economic Rights: The Case of ‘Fair Trade’ Coffee,” $2,000.

Adam Kaloides, History
“Human Rights in South Africa: A Preliminary Appraisal,” $500.

Michelle Kaufman, Psychology
“Sex Trafficking in Nepal: The Maoist Insurgency and Increased Risk for Girls and Women,” $1,000.

Natalie Wagner, Law
“How Restorative Justice can be Implemented into the Criminal Justice System in Connecticut,” $1,000.

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center 10th Anniversary Programming
Funding 2005-2006

William Abikoff, Mathematics
Lecture and discussion by Herb Clemens, “African Mathematical Development and Supporting International Initiatives,” $1,230.

Barbara Gurr, Women’s Studies
Panel discussion, “Women and Globalization,” $4,000.

Eric Haas, Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction
Symposium, “Rethinking Educational Equity in a Global Society,” $2,500.

Anne Hiskes, Liberal Arts & Sciences
Undergraduate human rights essay competition and publication of booklet, $2,500.

Salvatore Scalora, Benton Museum
Multidisciplinary panel discussion, “Advertising Global Human Rights: Examining the Benetton Campaign 1992-2000,” $2,500.

Richard Wilson, Human Rights Institute
Lecture, David Held, “Human Rights and Globalization,” $5,000.