The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice at Illinois Wesleyan will sponsor its fifth annual Human Right Undergraduate Research Workshop on Feb. 23-25, 2018. This year's theme is Revolution and Social Justice. This three-day event will gather undergraduate students from liberal arts institutions to present their independent research related to this theme. In the spirit of the workshop setting, presentations will be informal and there will be ample room for dialogue among all participants. Faculty mentors are also encouraged to attend.
We invite students who are in the process of investigating topics related to the theme to apply and if selected, participate in the program. In creating a workshop format, we are especially interested in hosting students who are in the process but have not yet completed their research projects. Rather than create a formal research conference, we structure the workshop so that students share their preliminary findings, self-critique their efforts to date, and receive constructive feedback from peers and faculty through a process of mentorship that is designed to facilitate their completion of a worthy end product. The shared interactions among participants are among the most important benefits of the workshop, and a considerable degree of bonding between students attending different undergraduate institutions occurs. To date, students and faculty from colleges such as Spelman College, Southwestern University, Luther, Beloit, Macalester, Kalamazoo, Grinnell, Vassar, and Albion have attended our previous workshops. Event speakers have included Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago), Jon Ebel (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Alfred Babo (Smith College), John Wilson (AAUP) and Semahagn Gashu Abebe (University of Connecticut), Eric Jensen (President, Illinois Wesleyan), and Alison Bailey (Illinois State University).
All workshop expenses including food and lodging are paid for by Illinois Wesleyan University. However, students are required to obtain independent funds for their travel to and from Bloomington, Illinois. In order to be considered for participation in the workshop, students submitted a 500 word abstract summarizing their research project and obtained a letter of support from a faculty member at their home institution.