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Human Rights and the Legacies of 9/11 – Confronting the False Dichotomy of Human Rights or Security

This week brings the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, when a militant Islamist organization, al-Qaeda, mounted a series of terrorist attacks on US soil, murdering thousands.  The American government’s response to those attacks over the last two decades, primarily its “War on Terror,” and the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, left deep scars on global human rights.

Backdrop Podcast - Helping Refugee Students Reclaim Their Right to Education

Keith Watenpaugh on Helping Refugee Students Reclaim Their Right to Education

Listen to the Backdrop Podcast.

Read the transcript:

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According to one estimate, the global refugee population has more than doubled over the past decade to 26 million. Professor Keith Watenpaugh, director of the Human Rights Studies program at UC Davis, leads an innovative project to help refugee students start or continue their university education — even as they’re displaced and on the move.

Human Rights Studies at UC Davis – Year 10 Text of comments delivered at the UC Davis Teaching History Conference – May 8, 2021

Human Rights Studies at UC Davis – Year 10

Text of comments delivered at the UC Davis Teaching History Conference – May 8, 2021

This last year, UC Davis’ Human Rights Studies Program surpassed 1000 enrollments in our courses, making us the largest program in California and we thing perhaps the nation.

 It is an exciting, rewarding, and relevant field to teach and do research in and students respond well and engage enthusiastically.

April is Genocide Awareness Month: In the Face of Ongoing and Unacknowledged Genocides, What Does That Mean?

April is Genocide Awareness Month:
In the Face of Ongoing and Unacknowledged Genocides, What Does this April Mean?

Listen to Dr. Watenpaugh talk about Genocide Awareness Month on CapRadio.

It’s a tough juxtaposition.

April in Northern California is our most beautiful month. The poppies are in bloom. The vineyards are turning green. Students spread blankets on the Quad and study and sleep under a warming Sun. We experience Aprils, especially this April, as a time of renewal and rebirth.

Additional Materials - Higher Education Defending the Human Right to Education

 

 "Universities as Global Advocates: Empowering Educators to Help Refugees and Migrants" 

A Mapping of the Landscape Report by the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants 

(UARRM) 

 Bernhard Streitwieser, Jane Roche, Kathryn Duffy-Jaeger, and Bronwyn Douman, with guidance from Kyle Farmbry and Colleen Thouez.