UConn Human Rights Conference and Film Series

October 22-24, 2009: Human Rights in the USA Conference sponsored by the Human Rights Institute and UConn School of Law

The “Human Rights in the USA.” Conference at the University of Connecticut in Fall 2009 will evaluate how international human rights laws and norms are presently applied in the USA and will suggest recommendations for the future. It will focus on human rights litigation and recent legal innovation, and contextualize the law by examining the wider impact of human rights campaigns on gender violence, racism, poverty and health care. Significantly, it will seek to integrate the perspectives offered by disparate social movements and connect law, politics and social policy in ways that can provide greater scope for the realization of human rights.

In conjunction with the conference:

2009-2010 Human Rights Film Series: Human Rights in the USA

Sponsored by the Human Rights Institute and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Starting on September 8, here are the first few films in the series:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
4:00 PM
Konover Auditorium
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Film: Living Broke in Boom Times: Lessons from the Movement to End Poverty (2008)

Followed by a Q & A and reception with filmmaker Peter Kinoy and poverty rights activist Willie Baptist

“… a wonderful documentary, heart-rending in its depiction of homelessness and desperation, yet inspiring in what it shows about the magnificence of people fighting back, organizing, refusing to accept their situation, trying to build a national movement.” — Howard Zinn, Professor and author of A People’s History of the United States

>>Check the website for time and place for the following:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Film: The Least of These (2009)

The Least of These explores one of the most controversial aspects of American immigration policy: family detention. As part of the Bush administration policy opened a former prison turned immigration facility to house children and their parents from all over the world who are awaiting asylum hearings or deportation proceedings. The film explores the government rationale for family detention, conditions at the facility, collateral damage, and the role (and limits) of community activism in bringing change, while demonstrating how core American rights and values – due process, presumption of innocence, upholding the family structure as the basic unit of civil society, and America as a refuge of last resort – are currently being denied to immigrants, and particularly children.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Film: Ask Not (2008)

This documentary examines the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” military policy which was resulted in the dishonorable discharge of gay and lesbian members of the armed forces. The film portrays the personal stories of Americans willing to risk their lives for a country that criminalizes the act of coming out. Current and veteran gay soldiers reveal how “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” affects them during their tours of duty, as they struggle to maintain a double life.

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