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March2021
Pedagogy and Projects: Teaching about and for Children’s Rights
Dr. Yvonne Vissing will share her experiences of networking and research with scholars running child rights programs in the UK, Ireland, and Cyprus. The US is now the only UN state party not to have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. What can we learn from our global child rights colleagues to integrate into our teaching about and for children’s rights in the United States?  

Yvonne Vissing PhD is a sociologist and Professor of Healthcare Studies and Founding Director of the Center for Childhood & Youth Studies at Salem State University.  Author of over a dozen books and hundreds of publications and presentations, she is an international expert in children’s human rights.  She is the US child rights policy chair for Hope for Children’s UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Policy Center, an international think-tank of child rights scholars located in Cyprus.  A former National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, she is on a variety of boards and committees, such as the Human Rights Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, American Sociological Association and HREUSA.  

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March2021
Pedagogy and Projects Series: Teaching about and for Immigrant and Refugee Rights with Mary Mendenhall and Katherine Kaufka WaltsMary Mendenhall is an Associate Professor of Practice in the International and Comparative Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research is situated at the intersection of education in emergencies, humanitarian and refugee policies, and teacher preparation and support across camp, urban, and resettlement contexts. Her current research focuses on teacher identity, teacher support, and professional development of both refugee and host community teachers in forced displacement settings, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is an active member of the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), serving as a long-standing representative on the Standards and Practice Working Group and leading the research and learning workstream for the network’s Teachers in Crisis Contexts Collaborative.
 
Mary will speak about teaching courses related to refugees and the right to education through different pedagogical, project-based, and interactive approaches. She will also share examples of ways to integrate refugees’ voices and experiences in the classroom and beyond. 
 
Katherine Kaufka Walts, JD is the Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. The Center represents, coordinates, and stimulates efforts of the Loyola University community to understand and protect the human rights of children utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. Prior to joining Loyola, Ms. Kaufka Walts served as the Executive Director of the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA). At IOFA she developed several projects in the US and abroad advancing the rights of children and youth, including a program to develop the capacity of child welfare system to better respond to child trafficking and exploitation cases. Prior to IOFA, Ms. Kaufka Walts managed the Counter-Human Trafficking project at the National Immigrant Justice Center, where she worked with several local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on single and multiple-victim sex and labor trafficking cases. She successfully represented dozens of victims of human trafficking in the United States within immigration and criminal justice proceedings under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
 
Katherine will speak about how to reimagine immersive/experiential learning experiences for students under Covid-19, using our Immigration Detention Project as a case study.

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March2021
Human Rights Education Reading Group “My Life’s Work Is to End White Supremacy”: Perspectives of a Black Feminist Human Rights Educator – Loretta J. Ross and Monisha Bajaj in the International Journal of Human Rights Education. Click here to join the event.
3:30pm ESTOnline
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April2021
Human Rights Education Reading GroupChapter 2: A Review of Human Rights Education in Higher Education by Dr. Yvonne Vissing in Human Rights Education Globally, 22 volume in book series Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research edited by Joseph Zajda (Series Editor). Click here to join the event. If you do not have access to this document, please email us at ucchre@gmail.com
3:30pm ESTOnline
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April2021
Pedagogy and Projects Series: Teaching for Racial Justice with Justin Hansford
Justin Hasnford will discuss his experience in community-based legal advocacy and address how he incorporates his practitioner experience into his teaching and scholarship. 

Justin Hasnford – Executive Director, Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, Howard University. Professor Hansford was previously a Democracy Project Fellow at Harvard University, a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and an Associate Professor of Law at Saint Louis University. He has a B.A. from Howard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a founder of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives. Professor Hansford also has received a Fulbright Scholar award to study the legal career of Nelson Mandela, and served as a clerk for Judge Damon J. Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 

Hansford worked to empower the Ferguson community through community based legal advocacy. He co-authored the Ferguson to Geneva human rights shadow report and accompanied the Ferguson protesters and Mike Brown’s family to Geneva, Switzerland, to testify at the United Nations. He has served as a policy advisor for proposed post-Ferguson reforms at the local, state, and federal level, testifying before the Ferguson Commission, the Missouri Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. 

Professor Hansford co-authored the forthcoming Seventh Edition of Race, Racism and American Law. His interdisciplinary scholarship has appeared in academic journals at various universities, including Harvard, Georgetown, Fordham, and the University of California at Hastings.

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