Presentations and panel discussions exploring current human rights issues include: discrimination, refugees, climate change, gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, solitary confinement, mental health stigmas and more. Additionally, the day includes opportunities for creative engagement with human rights issues through art exhibits, musical performances, and improv performances. The program is designed with multiple breakout sessions to allow people flexibility to fit sessions into their day. 

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Location: Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI

Day-long Events:

Time Description Location
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Engaging Human Rights: Academic and Career Paths
This booths exhibit includes a UW-Green Bay academic majors fair and also features student and community nonprofit organizations engaged in hands-on human rights work.
1st Floor, Grand Foyer
Ongoing Art Exhibit: Activism Through Art and Design
Emma Hitzman, Curator of Art at the Lawton Gallery, and Jeffrey Benzow, Associate Professor of Art and Design, present an exhibit of art and design pieces related to human rights and activism.
3rd Floor, Balcony Lobby
Ongoing Scene Painting Human Rights: Visual Messaging
Inspired by Newsies "Pulitzer Stomps Strikers" scene panel, Prof. Jeff Enwistle’s Theatre and Dance students use scene painting techniques and tools for human rights visual messaging.
1st Floor, Orchestra Lobby
Ongoing Hands-On Human Rights: Prayer Flag Creation
This interactive prayer flag making station, led by Ellen Rosewall’s Arts Management seminar students from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., is available throughout the day. Participants will have the opportunity to construct a cloth prayer flag to send good intentions into the world. The finished flags will be hung on a structure to magnify the impact of the prayers and wishes.
1st Floor, Orchestra Lobby
12:30 - 3:20 p.m.

Phoenix Studios LIVE
Live recordings of human rights-themed podcasts out of Phoenix Studios, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay podcast network. (See "afternoon sessions" below for more info)
1st Floor, Studio One

Morning sessions:

Time Description Location
8:30 a.m. Check-in begins
Stop by the check-in and registration table to pick up name tags and program.
1st Floor, Lobby
9 - 9:20 a.m. Introduction & Welcoming Remarks
Welcoming remarks from Associate Dean Ryan Martin and introduction of the Human Rights theme from Professor Alise Coen.
1st Floor, Cofrin Hall
9:30 - 10:05 a.m. Gender Equity in Romantic Relationships
Presentation by Jessica Van Slooten 
How do we know if relationships are healthy and equitable? How are relationships depicted in contemporary popular culture? This interactive session will provide information and tools to analyze relationships in popular culture and our own lives.
1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Global Storytelling and Human Rights
Presentations from Rebecca Stone Thornberry and World Theatre and Performance students
Members of the World Theatre and Performance course present ideas for and selections from short plays they have written. Inspired by the plays and theatrical forms they have studied this semester, students will present their own ideas for plays addressing a social justice topic of their choosing.
1st Floor, Studio One
10:15 - 10:50 a.m. With Murderous Intent: The Right to Violence in Ancient Greece
Presentation by Michael Holstead
Most societies have allowances built into their legal or moral code justifying fatal acts of violence in certain circumstances. This presentation will examine the right to kill in Ancient Greece by exploring a series of famous historical and mythological murder cases.
2nd Floor, Patrons Lounge
10:15 - 10:50 a.m. El Sistema: Music in Venezuela and Human Rights
Presentation by Luis Fernandez and performance by the UW-Green Bay String Ensemble
Luis Fernandez will deliver a presentation about music in Venezuela, followed by the UW-Green Bay String Ensemble performing music by Latin American composer Astor Piazzolla.
1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
11 - 11:35 a.m. Panel: The Psychological Application of Human Rights
Panel discussion featuring Jenell Holstead, Kate Burns, Illene Cupit, and Christine Smith
In this session, psychology professors from UW-Green Bay will apply psychological concepts to the issue of human rights. Showcasing their unique areas of expertise, Drs. Holstead, Cupit, Burns and Smith will demonstrate how psychology helps us understand why human rights may be violated.  
1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Breaking Stigmas & Stereotypes: Humanizing Mental Health Challenges Through Storytelling
Panel discussion featuring Thomas Campbell and students
The act of storytelling predates the written word and has been an innate tool of human communication. This panel looks at how storytelling subverts and deconstructs stigmas and stereotypes associated with mental health challenges and offers new perspectives, humanizing issues often viewed as taboo.
1st Floor, Studio One
11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Contemporary Artists as Activists
Sam Watson’s Contemporary Art 203 student presentations
Since the 1960s, artists have increasingly engaged with social and political issues in their art. In this session, students have chosen a variety of artists whose roles as activists have inspired them.
3rd Floor, Lower Balcony Lobby
11:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Human Rights, Climate Disruption and the Living Planet
Presentation by David Voelker
What does it mean — for humans and the living planet — to approach global climate disruption as a human rights problem?
2nd Floor, Patrons Lounge
11:45 a.m. - 1:05 p.m. Panel: Refugees and Displacement
Panel discussion featuring David Coury, Diana Delbecchi and members of United ReSisters
Panel discussion about worldwide displacement and refugees featuring a group of young Somali-American women who have written about their experiences.
1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall

Afternoon Sessions:

Time Description Location
12:30 - 1:05 p.m. Researching the Lost Lives of Wisconsin
Presentations by Caroline Boswell and students from History 290: The Craft of History
Students from the Craft of History will discuss how they tackled questions around the production and power of history in collaborative projects that researched the lives of those whose experiences are often silent in grand historical narratives.
3rd Floor, Lower Balcony Lobby
12:30 - 1:05 p.m. Phoenix Studios LIVE: Bird in the Wings Podcast, “Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression
This is a case for pencils and ears as Bird in the Wings goes LIVE with cartoonist, copywriter and UW-Green Bay Marketing Content Writer Michael Shaw. A self-described, compulsive cartoonist, his work has appeared in The New Yorker since 1999! In 2015 one of his works received international viral attention following the attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Shaw joins BITW to discuss freedom of speech, artistic expression and satire/humor in today’s social climate.
1st Floor, Studio One
12:30 - 1:05 p.m. Barriers to Gender Equality in the Classroom Setting: Evidence and Pedagogical Solutions
Katia Levintova and Alison Staudinger discuss their recently published book on Gender in the Political Science Classroom.
2nd Floor, Patrons Lounge
1:15 - 1:50 p.m. Phoenix Studios LIVE: Serious Fun Podcast,
Postmodern Warfare: Video Games, Artificial Intelligence, and War Crimes?

In 2013, the Red Cross issued a statement calling for video game designers to punish war crimes committed in virtual battle with realistic virtual consequences aligned with actual international conventions and law. Six years later, as artificial intelligence is becoming more sophisticated in games and researchers are using war games to train artificial intelligence to solve problems, should we revisit that concept? This live recording of the Phoenix Studios network podcast Serious Fun tackles the issues of artificial intelligence and virtual war crimes in video games in light of the recent release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and other games that implement themes of chemical warfare and civilian casualties into their narratives.
1st Floor, Studio One
1:15 - 1:50 p.m. Making War, Finding Peace: Human Rights and the Snare Drum
Percussion ensemble performance and short talk with Bill Sallak and the UW-Green Bay Percussion Studio
From its military origins through its roles in music today, the snare drum has often been adjunct to, and a symbol of, human rights violations. Several experimental composers have written snare drum works that confront this history, and use the snare drum as a vehicle for communion and reflection.
1st Floor, Jean Weidner Theatre
1:15 - 1:50 p.m. Policies and Laws: Impact on Individuals and Families in the LGBTQ+ Community
Presentation by Stacie Christian
Federal, state, and local laws have changed rapidly in the past three years. Some of these policies have made LGBTQ+ individuals and their families feel more included and generated equitable changes, while others have not. Come learn about these policies and their impacts.
1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
1:15 - 1:50 p.m. Student Perspectives and Research on Human Rights Presentations by Democracy and Justice Studies students, including Jared Gagner, on “Islam and Liberalism: An examination of the relationship between modern liberal values and Islam.” 2nd Floor, Patrons Lounge
2 - 2:35 p.m. Phoenix Studios LIVE: Humanities+ Podcast, “The 1619 Project
In this live podcast, Humanities+ host Rachel Scray and guest co-host Preston Fischer will engage Professor Eric Morgan in a discussion of the New York Times' controversial “1619 Project.” Together they will summarize the project, talk about the public dialogue that has emerged around it, and consider its ability to provoke a national conversation about the legacy of slavery and its centrality to the American narrative.
1st Floor, Studio One
2 - 3:20 p.m. Improvisation in a Changing World
Student performances
Improvisation is a skill most closely associated with the theatre and live performance, but what if Improvisation was also known as an important life skill? This class explores creativity and imagination as it relates to both "the moment" and to our life's journey.
1st Floor, Jean Weidner Theatre
2 - 3:20 p.m. History of LGBTQ+: WWII, the Stonewall Riots and the 1980s AIDS Epidemic
Presentation by Nicole Kurth
This presentation is a good introduction to the birth of the modern gay rights movement. It includes WWII, the Compton Cafeteria Riots, Stonewall Riots and Aids Epidemic of the 1980s.
1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
2 - 3:20 p.m. Mental Illness as a Human Rights Issue
Rotating discussions with Kris Vespia and students from Psych 494
Kris Vespia and students from Psych 494: Explorations of Madness will lead rotating discussions of multiple topics including: mental health treatment as a fundamental human right; coercive mental health treatment and human rights violations; the criminalization of mental illness; mental illness and constitutional rights; and the human rights implications of harmful mental health treatments.
3rd Floor, Lower Balcony Lobby
2:45 - 3:20 p.m. Phoenix Studios LIVE: Canonball Podcast, “The Many Faces of Dr. Seuss 
How do we reconcile the beloved aspects of Dr. Seuss’s books with issues of nativism and racial stereotyping that are also present in his work? As part of a Canonball episode focused on Dr. Seuss, Alise Coen joins Chuck Rybak and Ryan Martin to discuss the complexities of navigating racial representation and non-discrimination principles when it comes to portrayals of marginalized groups.
1st Floor, Studio One
3:30 - 4:05 p.m. Popular Music as a Call and Response to Human Rights Issues of the 1950s and 1960s
Presentation by Christy Talbott
Musical numbers from the 1950s and 1960s will be shown to address social issues related to human rights.
2nd Floor, Patrons Lounge
3:30 - 4:50 p.m. "Living Deliberately:" Discovering and Exceeding Thoreau 
Presentations by Rebecca Nesvet’s English and Humanities Capstone students
Capstone students of English and the Humanities share their research and creative activity inspired by 19th century human rights activist Henry David Thoreau's thought and action.
1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
3:30 - 4:50 p.m. The 16th Man: Sport and Reconciliation in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Presentations from Eric Morgan and students in DJS 363: Democracy and Justice in South Africa
In 1994 Nelson Mandela was elected as the first president of a multiracial, democratic South Africa. The following year South Africa hosted the Rugby World Cup, a seminal moment in the nation’s post-apartheid history and journey toward reconciliation. This panel will commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of democracy in South Africa through a screening of “The 16th Man” followed by a discussion.
1st Floor, Studio One
3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Is Solitary Confinement Torture?
Presentation and discussion by Derek S. Jeffreys
This session explores some of the ethical dimensions of the practice of modern solitary confinement.  After describing the details of the practice, the session will consider if modern solitary confinement constitutes torture.
1st Floor, Jean Weidner Theatre

Evening Keynote:

Rais Bhuiyan

Rais Bhuiyan, 6 p.m.

Common CAHSS 2019 concludes with a powerful keynote speaker—Rais Bhuiyan. As the survivor of a white supremacist hate crime attack, Rais encountered the violence of discrimination all too vividly. His experiences shaped his dedication to human rights activism and the pursuit of empathy, understanding and forgiveness. After founding the non-profit "World Without Hate" in 2011, Rais has visited and worked with more than 200,000 people around the world.

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