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8th Annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop

The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice at Illinois Wesleyan University will be sponsoring its 8th annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop. This year’s theme is Facts and Fictions: Human Rights and the Search for Truth(s), emphasizes the way in which human rights discourse has evolved and responded to contemporary political, social, and economic challenges. It especially invites exploration regarding the relationship between the spreading of false information and its repercussions for the undermining of basic rights. This two-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 encouraged to attend.

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 by December 3rd, 2019. A faculty committee at Illinois Wesleyan will review all applications and notify participants by December 21st, 2019.

Facts and Fictions: Human Rights and the Search for Truth

Date: February 14 - 16, 2020

Abstract Deadline: December 3, 2019

Email abstracts to

  • Present your evolving research about how our understanding of human rights has changed, or how human rights informs our understanding of environmental justice.
  • Meet with professors and students from around the country to share and critique ideas over a two day period.
  • If accepted, all expense other than travel to and from Bloomington, Illinois will be paid for.


Past Workshops:

2014 - Religion, Identity, and Conflict

2015 - Human Rights and Free Expression

2018 - Revolution and Social Justice

2019 - Changing Climates