- Sep 2 Classes Begin
- Sep 2 New Traditions: 2014 Faculty Exhibition
- Sep 4 Author Daniel Gilbert to Speak at Opening Convocation
- Sep 5 Taste of Service and Involvement Fair
- Sep 6 Cheer on the Scots in Their Home Opener
- Sep 18 EnviroThursday - "Helping Forests Adapt to a Changing Climate"
- Sep 18 Visualities of Memory Symposium: Film "The Act of Killing"
- Sep 19 Visualities of Memory Symposium: Poster sessions and roundtable presentations/discussions
- Sep 26 Admissions Fall Sampler
- Sep 26 Inventory: New Paintings by Lisa Bergh and Andrew Nordin Opening Reception
If you are an international studies major, you can get valuable experience right here in the Twin Cities. During fall semester, I interned for 12 hours a week with the Human Rights Center.
The HRC is both an online library hosting human rights information in nine languages and a center for outreach, advocacy and research. This fosters collaboration among human rights advocates around the world who may never have the opportunity to meet in person. The HRC performs a variety of tasks, from shadow reports (alternatives to a country’s official reports on human rights) to creating tools for those monitoring implementation of human rights treaties.
I worked with the Humphrey Fellows (professionals from developing nations) and saw how important their blogs were for drawing attention to human rights abuses in their home countries. I maintained a blog for this program and created another for the HRC itself, writing about things like a shadow report on human rights abuses using small arms and light weapons in Armenia and Kenya. Also, I learned the importance of social media in international human rights.
The work of the people at the HRC has inspired me. After Mac, I plan on going to law school and focusing on international and immigration law.