IWU Hosts Human Rights Workshop
Feb. 22, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University will host its sixth annual Human
Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop: Revolution and Human Rights Feb. 23-25, organized
by The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.
The workshop, which showcases undergraduate presenters from IWU and other universities,
will engage students and faculty in the topic of how addressing human rights concerns
has profoundly impacted political, social and economic relations around the world.
During the workshop, keynote speaker Mark Steinberg, Professor of History and Director
of Graduate Studies at the University of Illinois, will deliver an address titled
"The Russian Revolution as Utopian Leap." Steinberg will give his keynote address
on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 12:45 p.m. in State Farm Hall (205 E Beecher St, Bloomington),
room 102. The keynote address is free and open to the public.
Steinberg draws from his decades-long research into the cultural, intellectual and
social history of Russia and the Soviet Union, with particular focus on topics such
as religion, urban history, revolutions and utopias.
In addition to teaching at the University of Illinois, Steinberg has also taught at
the University of Oregon, Harvard University and Yale University, where he has received
several awards for his teaching. These awards include the Sarai Ribicoff Prize for
Teaching at Yale University (1993), and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award
for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2002) at the University of Illinois. In
2001, the University of Illinois named him a University Scholar, one of the school’s
Four IWU students, along with students from other universities, will also present
their research relating to human rights and social justice during the workshop: Matt
Banaitis ’18, Josie Blumberg ’19, Zoe Bouras ’18 and Muyi Yang ’18.
By Rachel McCarthy ’21