Human Rights Week at Boise State University
Join the Boise State community for nine days of Human Rights Education, Unity, and Advocacy.
Co-sponsored by the Marylin Shuler Human Rights Initiative and the Frank Church Institute.
Free and Open to the Public (unless otherwise noted).
Thursday, October 19
From Palermo to Pocatello: Global and Domestic Aspects of Human Trafficking
Featuring Dr. Philip Reichel, internationally-recognized scholar of cross-national criminal justice issues.
Riverfront Hall, Room 105
Sponsored by Boise State Criminal Justice and the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission.
Monday, October 23
Frank Church Conference
Boise State University and the Frank Church Institute will host the 34th annual Frank Church Conference on public affairs Oct. 23. The conference will focus on refugees and is themed “America’s Future: Refugees, Migration and National Security.”
8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Student Union Building’s Simplot Ballroom.
Free and open to all students and the public. Conference speakers include Anne C. Richard, former assistant secretary of state for population, refugees, and migration; Jennifer Sime, senior vice president of the International Rescue Committee; and Steven Feldstein, the Frank and Bethine Church chair of public affairs, and former deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.
Tuesday, October 24
Combating Misinformation (presentation)
Albertsons Library hosts lightning talks by communications experts with tips for evaluating sources of information in an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts”
Steve Utych, Political Science – Political advertising and social media
Seth Ashley, Communication – Fake news as an aspect of news literacy
Jessica Roberts, Communication – Citizen’s role in combating fake news
Deana Brown, Albertsons Library – Tools for news literacy
Join us for light snacks and conversation following the presentation.
201C, Albertsons Library
Wednesday, October 25
Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium
Please join us for a screening of Hidden Histories, five short narrative films about Japanese American incarceration during WWII, followed by a panel of speakers.
Jordan Ballroom, SUB
Visit the Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium website for more information
Thursday, October 26
Mobilizing against White Nationalism: Idaho, Social Justice and You
Learn human rights advocacy from Tony Stewart and Norm Gissel, two founding leaders of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, the organization that fought the Aryan Nations in Idaho for decades and defeated them in a $6.3 million law suit. The Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative invites you to three distinct events. All are located in the Simplot Ballroom, Student Union.
Film screening of The Color of Conscience
This 2011 documentary explores the long struggle against the Aryan Nations and for human rights in Idaho
9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Simplot Ballroom, SUB
Sponsored by the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative
Tony Stewart’s talk, Social Justice Requires Courage and Action: Campuses, College Students, and Grassroots Organizing, provides strategies for students to do effective social justice advocacy and shares stories of students who’ve made a difference in their communities.
Norm Gissel’s talk, From Hate to Hope: How Idahoans Defeated White Nationalists—and How You Can Too tells how the KCTFHR mobilized Idahoans to defeat the Aryan Nations and leverages this for lessons today.
Red Circle Press, a printmaking project of the Art Department and its students, will offer an interactive opportunity to make commemorative keepsake prints of Marilyn Shuler embellished with symbolic images and quotations important to her human rights work. 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Simplot Ballroom lobby, SUB. Attendees to the morning events, Oct. 26th, are encouraged to participate before, between, and after the sessions.
Friday, October 27
Human Rights in the Archives: The Robert C. Sims Collection on Japanese American Internment (presentation)
Robert C. Sims, former professor at Boise State University, spent his career researching Japanese-American incarnation and the Minidoka camp, and his papers are now located at Boise State’s Special Collections and Archives. In a presentation about Sims’s work, Boise State archivists will describe the unique insight the collection offers into the forced removal of the Japanese, daily life in Minidoka, and the creation of the Minidoka National Monument. 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Frank Church Room, Albertsons Library