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November 2016

"America will never be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

~ Abraham Lincoln

To promote human dignity, justice, and peace by cultivating an expansive, vibrant base of support for Human Rights Education (HRE) in the United States.
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2016 Winners of Edward O'Brien Human Rights Education Award

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Edward O’Brien Award for Human Rights Education. Felisa Tibbitts of Columbia Teachers College is the recipient of the award for individual achievement in the field. Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana will accept the organizational award on behalf of the DC Human Rights Learning Project, an initiative of the American Friends Service Committee.

The awards will be presented on Saturday, December 3,  2016 at the HRE Community Reception during the National Council for the Social Studies Conference in Washington,D.C. Please join us to help congratulate our award winners!

When: Saturday, December 3rd
Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Where: Mint Room, Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 

UPR Follow-up Event -Taking Stock and Next Steps  National Summit: HRE Part II

HRE USA and the U.S. Human Rights Network warmly invite public participation in the second in a series of events to re-visit the Stakeholder Report on the Status of Human Rights Education.
Thursday, Dec.1, 2016 
2 pm-5 pm

National Education Association
1201 16th Street NW
Washington, DC

Light refreshments will be served

There will be two expert panels composed of educators and representatives from the governmental and nongovernmental sectors who are engaged in education and training for human rights. Panelists and participants will dialogue about existing practices, accomplishments and strategies for promoting human rights in curriculum, in teacher training, and in our schools and universities.

Confirmed panelists include:  Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana, American Friends Service Committee; Danny Gogal, Environmental Protection Agency; Eric Steinecker, US Housing and Urban Development; Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty; Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, Human Rights Higher Education Consortium; and Kirby Edmonds, HRE USA

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Below is a listing of the programs directly hosted by the NCSS Human Rights Education Community.  Please join us, learn about our HRE Community and help us to build a solid presence of human rights education resources and practitioners within the larger framework of the National Council for the Social Studies. 

  1. HRE Communit Business Meeting 
    Saturday, December 3
    1:30pm to 2:30pm
     Marriott Marquis Dupont Circle Room

  2. HRE Community Scholar Session: Becoming Good Neighbors: Human Rights Awareness and Global Civic Education
    Saturday, December 3
    3:50 pm to 4:50 Convention Center,Room: 202B
    Civic education includes a global dimension. A human rights perspective helps students explore relationships between local choices and global consequences and globalize exploration of issues such as gender equality.

  3. Human Rights Education Community Reception
    Saturday, December 3
    5:00pm to 6:30pm  Marriott Marquis Mint Room
    Light snacks, no host bar, conviviality--all NCSS attendees welcome. During the HRE Community Reception, the Second Annual Edward O'Brien Human Rights Educator Award will be presented to the 2016 recipients (see above).

  4. Community Showcase
    Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3
    12:00pm to 2:00pm  Convention Center
    The Human Rights Education Community will participate in both NCSS Community Showcases held over the lunch hour on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4 (location to be included in final NCSS program). The Community Showcases provide an opportunity for NCSS Conference participants to network with the different special interest communities within NCSS and share in their resources and information.

  5. HRE at NCSS 2016 Guide
    As you are filling out your schedule of "can't miss" presentations and programs at NCSS 2016, please check out this guide to the human rights-related presentations, prepared for us by Dr. Glen Mitoma and the students and staff from the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.
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Teachable Moment

The 2016 Election and Human Rights

This latest edition of the Human Rights Here and Now Bulletin by HRE USA partners features resources to address post-election unrest and aid teachers in their vital role of helping young people cultivate civility, navigate differences with respect, and take responsibility for the human rights of all members of the community.

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Human Rights and Social Justice: Social Action and Service for Helping and Health Professions 
Human Rights and Social JusticeOffering a unique perspective that views human rights as the foundation of social justice, Joseph Wronka's groundbreaking text outlines human rights and social justice concerns as a powerful conceptual framework for policy and practice interventions for the helping and health professions. This highly accessible, interdisciplinary text urges the creation of a human rights culture as a "lived awareness" of human rights principles, including human dignity, nondiscrimination, civil and political rights, economic, social, and cultural rights, and solidarity rights. The Second Edition includes numerous social action activities and questions for discussion to help scholars, activists, and practitioners promote a human rights culture and the overall well-being of populations across the globe.

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Book Talk with Audrey Osler


When: Thursday, December 1
Time: 5:00pm
Where: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Office, 1300 19th Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20036

Audrey Osler's book, Human Rights and Schooling: an Ethical Framework for Teaching for Social Justice addresses human rights in the everyday lives of teachers and students. Most of the struggles for equitable schooling, including multicultural curricula and culturally responsive teaching, have largely taken place on a local or national stage, with little awareness of how international human rights standards might support these struggles. Human Rights and Schooling explores the potential of human rights frameworks to support grassroots struggles for justice and examines the impact that human rights and child right education can make in the lives of students, including the most marginalized

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