5th Annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop


February 24-26, 2017

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The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice at Illinois Wesleyan will sponsor its fifth annual Human Right Undergraduate Research Workshop on Feb. 24-26, 2017, ending with a morning breakfast on the 26th. This year's theme is Women's Power: Women's Justice, with an emphasis upon the ways in which women work to assert and protect their human rights and the obstacles they confront in their efforts to do so. 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 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) and Eric Jensen (President, Illinois Wesleyan).

All workshop expenses including food and lodging will be paid for by Illinois Wesleyan University. However, students will be required to obtain independent funds for their travel to and from Bloomington, Illinois. In order to be considered for participation in the workshop, interested students should submit a 500 word abstract summarizing their research project and obtain a letter of support from a faculty member at their home institution. Please submit abstracts and letters to iepstein@iwu.edu by December 2nd. A faculty committee at Illinois Wesleyan University will review all applications and notify participants by December 16th.  



Past workshops:

2015 - Human Rights and Free Expression

2014 - Religion, Identity, and Conflict