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Human Rights Week is Oct. 19-27 At Boise State University

By: Brady W Moore   Published 6:46 am / October 12, 2017

Boise State University presents Human Rights Week from Oct. 19-27. The public is invited to join with the campus community for several days of human rights education, unity and advocacy.

The week’s events are co-sponsored by the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative and the Frank Church Institute, and most events are free.

“Our campus community is fortunate to have such an impressive lineup of internationally recognized scholars and practitioners addressing significant global issues,” said School of Public Service Dean Corey Cook. “We hope that students, faculty, staff and alumni will engage in these timely conversations. This program reflects Marilyn Shuler’s deep commitment to effective advocacy for human rights and is a fitting tribute to her lasting legacy in Idaho.”

Jill Gill, director of the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative, noted the cooperative manner in which the campus community has come together to make the week happen. “Human rights is an interdisciplinary thing. We certainly couldn’t have done this without the support of the College of Arts and Sciences, Albertsons Library, and faculty, staff, and students in various fields contributing from their areas of interest, concern and expertise.”

Human Rights Week includes the 34th annual Frank Church Conference on Public Affairs Oct. 23, which will focus on refugees and is themed “America’s Future: Refugees, Migration and National Security.” Registration is required for the Frank Church Conference. The Frank Church Institute was established in 1982 as the Frank Church Chair of Public Affairs at Boise State University to honor the achievements and to carry forward the principles of one of Idaho’s most distinguished native sons, U.S. Sen. Frank Church.

Other events include:

  • Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium, Oct. 25. The Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium will include a screening of Hidden Histories, five short narrative films about Japanese American incarceration during WWII, followed by a panel of speakers.
  • Mobilizing against White Nationalism: Idaho, Social Justice and You, Oct. 26. Learn about 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 lawsuit. Hosted by the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative, Stewart and Gissel will hold three distinct events in the Simplot Ballroom.
  • Human Rights Printmaking Interactive Opportunity, Oct. 26. 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 in the Simplot Ballroom lobby.