Verena Stern is an Austrian Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota, researching the situation of the undocumented immigrants in the European Union (E.U), particularly the Somali undocumented immigrants in Austria.
"I am a second year Political Science doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna, but I joined the University of Minnesota because of the reputable research and experts on the subject, and because of the large Somali community in the Twin cities," said Stern.
On Thursday, February 20th, University of Minnesota professor Alejandro Baer gave an enlightening lecture on his research on social memory, its cultural representations and its consequences. As the Director for the Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and as an Associate Professor in the department of Sociology, Baer is interested in identifying the culture of memory, looking at mass violence from different perspectives, and examining human rights within a sociological context. Continuing the theme of this spring's lecture series called "Reframing Mass Violence," Thursday's event was titled, "The Collective Memory of Mass Atrocities: Traveling Ghosts of the Holocaust."(Continue Reading)
Over 7 years ago, Dr. Miles created an online archive of 60,000 pages of government documents describing the medical system in "War on Terror" prisons, published at the online Human Rights library, hosted by the University of Minnesota. "Those documents were made available by the government through the Freedom of Information Act, but the government did not want the public to be able to analyze them," says Dr. Miles. "My idea was to connect the information for each case such as autopsy reports and death certificates in order to tell the larger story. The documents are useless unless you connect them. As a physician, I can read some of the documents better than historians could. Consider death certificates for example. I can see what is on the document and what is missing." The archive has over 1.5 million visitors- mainly researchers, attorneys who are engaged in prison work, and academics who study the system.(Continue Reading)
Chicago-based human rights advocates have sent a letter to the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights asking the international body to monitor Chicago's school closings. Check out WBEZ's coverage of the latest human rights advocacy work from the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights.July 24th, 2013
Dr. Steven Miles vividly remembers the notorious 2004 photograph of U.S. soldiers grinning beside a pile of naked prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Click here to continue reading about the U of M's Dr. Miles at the Star Tribune website.July 9th, 2013
Chad's ex-president Hissene Habré has been charged in Senegal with genocide, crimes against humanity and torture by a special court in Dakar, Senegal. Click here to continue reading on africareview.com.July 3rd, 2013
Beatrice Munyenyezi entered the United States in 1998 as a Rwandan refugee with three young daughters who told U.S. Customs officials she took no part in the 1994 Rwanda genocide and instead was a survivor whose relatives were among the 800,000 killed. Now federal prosecutors want to put her behind bars for 10 years after she was convicted in February of masking her role as "gatekeeper" at one of the notorious roadblocks where Tutsis were singled out for slaughter. Click here to continue reading at abcnews.com.July 2nd, 2013