- 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
- Oct 5 Chopin Society presents pianist Lukáš Vondráček
- Oct 9 International Roundtable
- Oct 10 Family Fest Weekend
- Oct 10 International Roundtable
- Oct 18 International Archaeology Day: "'Monuments Men (and Women):' Cultural Property in Conflict Today"
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.