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Faculty Development in Human Rights

The Weissberg Program in Human Rights provides a number of opportunities for faculty development.  While some activities vary from year to year, they typically include

  1. a reading group that enables faculty member to prepare for the residency of the Weissberg Chair,
  2. opportunities to interact with the Weissberg Chair during the residency (informal conversations over meals, classroom visits),and
  3. the opportunity to attend a conference and/or workshop held in conjunction with the Chair's residency and involving speakers with expertise in the area of the Weissberg Chair's interests. 

Additionally, funding is available to support faculty members' research in the area of human rights and curriculum development.  All proposals must align with institutional priorities as well as demonstrate how they will help further the mission of the Weissberg Program.  

Both collaborative and individual proposals will be accepted.   Proposals that include funding for student participants in the activities will only be accepted if the students will actively contribute to the design and implementation of the activity, as opposed to being the targets of the activity. That is, they must be active partners, for example, serving in the role of teaching or research assistant.

2012/13 Opportunities and Awards

Awards have been made to the following faculty members to carry out projects related to human rights:

  • Natalie Gummer, Religious Studies. To attend a CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar on 21st Indian Megacities and Villages.
  • Chris Johnson, Dance.   To work with students to develop a dance with a focus on women's empowerment in Czech Republic to be performed in festivals in Prague and Chicago
  • Bill New, Education.   To develop a course on Roma Children's Rights with an embedded week-long visit to Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Call for Applications.  Applications are being accepted from faculty members for individual or joint projects to support

  1. research on human rights that will advance the applicant's scholarship and enhance the Weissberg Program in Human Rights. The application form is available here. As noted above, all proposals must align with institutional priorities as well as demonstrate how they will help further the mission of the Weissberg Program.
  2. curriculum development that, in keeping with the Weissberg Program mission, will provide opportunities for students to prepare to "engage critically with human rights and develop effective and responsible strategies that promote and defend human dignity."  The application form is available here.

Note:  Proposals that include funding for student participants in the activities will only be accepted if the students will actively contribute to the design and implementation of the activity, as opposed to being the targets of the activity. That is, they must be active partners, for example, serving in the role of teaching or research assistant.

Submission Deadlines:  September 1, October 1, November 1, February 1, and April 15.

Curriculum development workshop,  A 3-day workshop in May 2013 following commencement will focus on curriculum development around human rights.  Participants in the workshop will receive modest stipends.  Further information will be forthcoming at the start of the spring 2013 semester.

Weissberg Chair Reading Group.  A reading group will convene in March and early April to prepare for the residency of the 2013 Weissberg Chair, Justice Diego Garcia-Sayan, whose residency will focus on human rights in the Americas.

Weissberg Conference on human rights in the Americas.

Friday, April 12

  • 4:00 Panel Discussion
  • 8:00 Keynote Speech by Diego Garcia-Sayan

Saturday, April 13

  • 10:00 Panel Discussion

Weissberg Fall Forum, September 10, 2012. 

  • 4:00 alumni panel 
  • 8:00 talk by Adam Koons'76, director of relief for International Relief and Development.  "Poverty, War, and Governance:  Meeting the Needs of the World's Most Vulnerable People."

2011/12 Opportunities

Reading group.  A reading group will convened in February and March to prepare for Yuri Dzhibladze's residency. 

Russia after the Collapse of Communism:  Prospects for Liberalization This March 30-31 conference involved several panel discussions and included a Friday evening keynote address by Yuri Dzhibladze.

Individual research and curriculum grants:

  • Lisa Anderson-Levy and Nancy Krusko (Anthropology).  Planning trip to Jamaica to prepare for a January 2012 field school
  • Rachel Ellett (Political Science). Travel to conduct preliminary research on the Caribbean Court of Justice.
  • Beth Dougherty (Political Science).  CIEE Seminar on Historical Memory.

2010/11 Activities

The 2010/11 Weissberg Faculty Reading Group read chapters from two books written by the 2011 Weissberg Chair, Ali Allawi: The Crisis of Islamic Civilization and The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace.The Crisis of Islamic Civilization

Faculty members were also invited to attend a concert performance of  "The Sounds of Desire," written and performed by Heather Raffo.