Election and Human Rights Series: Human rights classrooms and elections - Teaching the day after

Friday, October 16, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

During this event, human rights educators will discuss how they plan to address anticipated challenges and opportunities with respect to teaching after the 2020 U.S. elections. They will also share techniques for ensuring an inclusive and respectful environment around teaching and discussing contentious issues.

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Natalie Hudson, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Dayton
Rachel Wahl, Associate Professor in the Social Foundations Program, Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia
Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law and Director, Center for the Study of Law & Culture, Columbia University in the City of New York

Sandra Sirota, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut

Natalie Florea Hudson is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Dayton, where she also serves as the Director of the Human Rights Studies Program. She specializes in gender, the politics of human rights, human security, and transnational advocacy. Her book, Gender, Human Security and the UN: Security Language as a Political Framework for Women (Routledge, 2009) examines the organizational dynamics of women’s activism in the United Nations system and how women have come to embrace and been impacted by the security discourse in their work for rights and equality. She is a co-author of Global Politics (OUP 2019) and numerous articles appearing in journals, such as International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, Journal of Human Rights, International Journal, International Peacekeeping, and Global Change, Peace and Security. Her current research focuses on human rights and humanitarian advocacy campaigns focused on sexualized violence in conflicted-affected areas.

Kendall Thomas is a scholar of comparative constitutional law and human rights whose teaching and research focus on critical race theory, intersectionality, legal philosophy, feminist legal theory, and law and sexuality.
Thomas is the co-founder and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia Law School, where he leads interdisciplinary projects and programs that explore how the law operates as one of the central ways to create meaning in society. He is a founder of Amend the 13th, a movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to end enforced prison labor.
His seminal writing on the intersection of race and law appears in Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Founded the Movement (1996), which he co-edited. He is also a co-editor of Legge Razza Diritti: La Critical Race Theory negli Stati Uniti (2005) and What's Left of Theory? (2000).

Rachel Wahl is an associate professor in the Social Foundations Program, Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. She is also a Fellow and co-Chair of the Colloquy on Culture and Formation at UVa’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, as well as an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Race and Public Education in the South. Her research focuses on learning through public deliberation between people on opposing sides of political divides. Her prior research focused on efforts by community activists to change police officers’ beliefs and behavior through activism and education, which is the subject of her first book, Just Violence: Torture and Human Rights in the Eyes of the Police (Stanford University Press, 2017). Her research has been funded by donors such as the Spencer Foundation and National Academy of Education, the Carnegie Corporation, and the federal Institute of International Education.

Sandra Sirota, EdD, is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Connecticut. Sandra co-founded the Advocacy Lab, a nonprofit organization providing human rights education to secondary school students in New York City and served on the founding steering committee of Human Rights Educators USA, from 2012 to 2014. She teaches courses and workshops on human rights, social justice, education, and social movements. She received her doctoral degree from Columbia University Teachers College in May 2017 through the Department of International and Transcultural Studies, with a concentration in peace and human rights education.