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HRI Lunchtime Seminar, Sandra Sirota, UCONN, Post-Doctoral Researcher

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd 162

HRI Lunchtime Seminar with Dr. Sandra L Sirota, University of Connecticut Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Humanities Institute

"From the curriculum to the classroom: The urgent need for pre-service human rights teacher education in the United States"

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., Room 162 Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Storrs Campus **Lunch will be provided

The Human Rights Education (HRE) movement has made progress in recent decades towards ensuring all people across the globe, including in the United States, have access to HRE. Despite this, teachers have few opportunities to receive HRE themselves. In this talk, I make the argument that future teachers urgently need to receive pre-service human rights teacher education in the United States. Additionally, for HRE to contribute to ending human rights violations, teachers must teach HRE in a way that can help to dismantle oppression rather than perpetuate it. Thus, I present a framework for thoughtful pre-service human rights teacher education in the United States.

Dr. Sandra L. Sirota is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut where she conducts research on human rights education. She received her doctoral degree from Columbia University. Her research focuses on human rights, social justice, social movements, and education in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. Recent publications appear in Comparative Education Review, Prospects, and the Journal of Human Rights (forthcoming 2019). Dr. Sirota has consulted on human rights and education for the United Nations as well as local and international non-profit organizations. She co-founded the Advocacy Lab, a nonprofit organization providing human rights education to secondary school students in New York City in 2007. She served on the founding steering committee of the human rights education network, Human Rights Educators USA, from 2012 to 2014 and is currently on the steering committee of the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education.


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