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Conference on International Human Rights

Second Annual Conference on International Human Rights
West Virginia State University
College of Business and Social Sciences and

WVSU National Center for Human Relations

CELEBRATING HUMAN RIGHTS HEROES


 

Erickson Alumni Center
(WVSU Campus Map)
April 2nd - 3rd, 2015 
 
 
Call for interdisciplinary abstracts, papers, presentation, posters, roundtables, workshops, and panels that directly or indirectly address the conference theme. Academicians, practitioners, and students are invited and encouraged to participate. All types of research are welcome, including case studies.

This year's theme, Celebrating Human Rights Heroes, honors the legacy of educator, author, orator and human rights pioneer Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), who rose from slavery to become head of Tuskegee Institute, advisor to presidents, and a dominant voice for African American rights.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Raymond W. Smock will deliver the keynote address on Friday, April 3rd. Smock edited Booker T. Washington in Perspective: Essays of Louis R. Harlan (1988), coedited the Booker T. Washington Papers (1972-89), and authored Booker T. Washington: Black Leadership in the Age of Jim Crow (2009).

 
Potential Topics 
  • Social Justice
  • Violence Against Women and Children
  • Poverty and Economic Inequality 
  • Elder Abuse
  • Human Rights Legislation
  • Business Compassion
  • Human Trafficking
  • Educating and Training of Women
  • Combating Religious Discrimination
  • Combating Disability Discrimination


Important Dates/Registration
  • Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words by March 1st, 2015 to peytonbj@wvstateu.edu
  • Registration is free and open to the public. To register click here

Student Competition

How to Register:
To register click here
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Conference Program: 

THURSDAY, APRIL 2
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Honor Diaries Film Screening and Reception
Erickson Alumni Center (WVSU Campus Map)

       Join us for a screening of Honor Diaries, an acclaimed documentary film that features nine women's rights
       advocates with connections to Muslim-majority societies who are engaged in a dialogue about gender
       inequality. As detailed on Honor Diaries website, "the film gives a platform to exclusively female voices
       and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding
       and addressing this international human rights disaster. Freedom of movement, the right to education,
       forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth."

       A reception with light refreshments will immediately follow the film screening.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3
8:00 - 8:45 AM

Conference Registration & Continental Breakfast
Erickson Alumni Center (WVSU Campus Map)

9:00 - 10:15 AM
Concurrent Session A
Cleveland Room (near front entrance)

       9:00 - 9:30 AM
       Tae Jin Park, WVSU Associate Professor of History
       A Crusade Against Despotism? -Dilemmas in Human Rights Policy toward North Korea

       9:30 - 10:00 AM
       Harold Barnes, Sr., Center for Quantum Leadership
       The Future of Black Colleges & Universities

9:00 - 10:15 AM
Concurrent Session B
Grand Hall

       9:00 - 9:30 AM
       WVSU Student Access Advocates & WVSU Disability Services Office
       Combating Disability Discrimination: Disable the Label

       9:30 - 10:00 AM
       WVSU Honors Program
       Shop to Stop Human Trafficking: Service-Learning Outside the Classroom

10:15 - 10:30 AM
Break
Conference attendees are encourage to visit the student poster area during the break . Winning poster entries will be announced after lunch and prior to the keynote lecture.

10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Concurent Session C
Grand Hall

       10:30 - 11:00 AM
       James Spencer, WVSU Professor of Psychology (retired)
       Herman George Canady: Clinician, Academician, and Human Rights Pioneer

       11:00 - 11:30 AM
       Bernice Frazier, President/CEO Southern Christian Leadership Foundation, Inc.
       HIV AIDS Policy

       11:30 AM - 12:oo PM
       Peter Lee, City University of New York Brooklyn College
       Health & Human Rights - A Case Study in Rural India

10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Concurrent Session D
Cleveland Room (near front entrance)

       10:30 - 11:15 AM
       Logan K. Bush, Malak M. Khader, Shaleena G. Ross, Damien Arthur - Marshall University 
       LGBTQ Persons & Workplace Discrimination: Religious Objection, Expression & Exemption after Burwell
       v. Hobby Lobby


       11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
       Becky Francis, Kerri Steele, Brenda Wamsley, Casandra Whyte, Jessica Barnes-Pietryszynski - WVSU        
       Faculty
       The Intersection of Teaching & Human Rights Issues: A Roundtable Discussion

12:15 - 1:15 PM
Lunch
Lunch for Conference attendees is on your own, and box lunches will be served to conference participants and presenters

1:30 - 2:45 PM
Keynote Address (includes Q&A)
Grand Hall
       Dr. Raymond W. Smock
       Booker T. Washington in History and Memory
       Join us as we honor the legacy of educator, author, and human rights pioneer Booker T. Washington (1865 -
       1915), who rose from slavery to become head of Tuskegee Institute, advisor to presidents, and a dominant    
       voice for African American rights.

       Dr. Smock co-edited the 14-volume Booker T. Washington Papers, and is author of Booker T. Washington:  
       Black Leadership in the age of Jim Crow
(2009). He will share unique insight about Washington's
       importance to American history, the strength and weakness of his Atlanta Address, ideas of his chief critic W.
       E. B. DuBois, and why Washington is still a vital force in understanding American and African History during
       the age of Jim Crow.

       Ray Smock is the former Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, and director of the Robert C. Byrd
       Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University since 1992. He is a graduate of Roosevelt Univeristy in
       Chicago and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Maryland at College Park.


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Conference Co-Chairs 
Dr. Billy Joe Peyton Dr. Frehot Hailou Ms. Megan Sheets Mr. Richard Wolfe
Dr. Azam Bejou Ms. Joyce Chaney Mr. Matthew Carroll Dr. Suvayan De

 
Conference Chair

Dr. David Bejou (Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences)


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