The conference, titled “Cultures in Conflict: Navigating Cultural Difference in International Human Rights Reporting,” addresses themes of international press freedom, representation of sources, safety in the field, and cultural difference. It is scheduled for Feb. 9-10, 2018. Continue reading →
Women have an opportunity to lead the way to a viable future, both locally and globally, according to Dr. Vandana Shiva, Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. Continue reading →
Although international law affects individuals across the globe, women are largely underrepresented in the roles responsible for legal policies and decisions. Viviana Krsticevic, executive director of the Center for Justice and International Law in Washington, D.C., discussed the significant lack of gender parity in international and regional tribunals in her lecture, “Judging and Gender in the International Realm,” at the 2016 Mildred Fish-Harnack Lecture.
“Many decisions are made without fair representation of women or without any representation at all,” Krsticevic said.
Associate Professor Alexandra Huneeus introduced Viviana Krsticevic at the 2016 Mildred Fish-Harnack Lecture.
Some of these decisions include matters that affect geographic and political boundaries and establishing precedents for gender-related crimes. Continue reading →
Description: Milestones for a Spiritual Jihad
“Muslim women can stand side by side their male counterparts at Mecca, the holiest city in the Muslim world, to pray, but once they are back home, they are most likely to find themselves crowded into a small, dark room at the back of a mosque. Asra Nomani, former Wall Street Journal correspondent and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University, thought she needed to take a stand against the unwritten rule of the mosque. We talk with Nomani and her journey to her spiritual jihad.”
About the show:
Here on Earth explores international movements, world citizens, cross-cultural conversions, democracy-building initiatives, and the best world literature, movies, arts, food, and culture, each Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. (rebroadcast each night at 9 p.m.).
The Cap Times (June 24, 2010) — In a region of the world where religion and government are still tightly tied, one Madison native has found a way to empower a population with a growing, but still comparatively quiet, political voice.
Katie Croake - UW '03 alum
“Bringing more women to elected office is a way to start to diffuse power — power that right now is in the hands of a small minority of men in the Middle East,” says Katie Croake, a 1992 graduate of West High and a 2003 graduate of UW-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs. “When these new voices (of women) are heard, you really start to change the culture.”
To that end, Croake started the Young Women Leaders Academy Program, which aims to empower women to become involved in politics and democracy. Begun three years ago, the program operates under the National Democratic Institute, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to strengthening democratic institutions worldwide.
Next month, four UW–Madison undergraduates will leave for Nyargia, Ghana for five weeks to study the impact of a poverty reduction model in the village.
The impact assessment internship is run by the Blessing Basket Project, which works to reduce poverty in developing countries by paying “Prosperity Wages” for artisan products, thus supporting entrepreneurs and financial independence for artisans.
The students, all of whom hail from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, will design and undertake research using economic impact assessment methodologies that will evaluate relevant and critical development indicators in Nyargia. Together, Samuel Morantz, Gabriel Segal, Michael Serposs, and Brandon Kaster, will bring with them training in international business, industrial engineering, economics, statistical methodologies, and intercultural communications.
This initiative, the first Blessing Basket Project study of its kind, will provide a systematic outline of the project’s impact on individual weavers and the local community. The results will be documented in an extensive report that will include important information and analysis to help guide future Blessing Basket Project operations.
As volunteers, the team is seeking financial support for their travel and cost-of-living expenses. Click here for more information or to support the project.
Maybe it’s time to ask the question of whether simply becoming economically productive ought to be the primary mission of American education. Shouldn’t we place at least equal attention on developing students’ innate empathic drives, so that we can prepare the next generation to think and act as part of a global family in a shared biosphere?
The extension of the classroom’s central nervous system to embrace the whole of civilization exposes students to their peers in widely different cultures, allowing empathetic sensibility to expand and deepen. Education becomes a truly planetary experience.
The global extension of learning environments in cyberspace is being matched by the local extension of learning environments in school neighborhoods. The walls separating classrooms and communities are breaking down. In the past 20 years, American high schools and colleges have introduced service-learning programs into the curriculum—a deeply collaborative learning experience.
On January 28, 2010, panelists gathered to discuss, “HAITI: Perspectives on Crisis” in the Red Gym’s On Wisconsin room.
Gergens Polynice, an M.A. candidate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (LACIS), who was in his home country of Haiti until just a few hours before the earthquake, spoke to the full audience. “A practical way we all can help is by supporting UW’s leadership to build a sustainable project, like a clinic, in Haiti,” Polynice said.
SLIDESHOW: ” “HAITI: Perspectives on Crisis” – January 28, 2010 Panel Discussion
Video to come.
Learn More about the Panelists Brenda Plummer (History, Afro-American Studies) is an historian whose research includes race and gender, international relations, and civil rights. Her work ranges from essays on Haitian-American relations to studies of Afro-Americans, race, and foreign affairs.
“Haiti’s poverty is not a natural consequence of the environment or circumstances, but is a constructed reality by domestic elites and foreign adversaries,” she told the audience.
Aliko Songolo (French and Italian, African Languages, and Literature) is a specialist in African and Caribbean literature in French; 20th-century poetry; francophone literature; and cultural studies.
“I learned of another Haiti from authors and through my teachers than the one from stereotypes in the United States and [Europe],” Songolo said. “It is largely a positive story.”
Paul Thompson (InterWorks, LLC) has more than 30 years of experience in post-disaster reconstruction and recovery, disaster and refugee emergency management training, and program development and evaluation.
Thompson forecasts that this earthquake will be as influential to Haiti as 9/11 was to the U.S.
The panel was moderated by Alberto Vargas, associate director of LACIS.
Featured left to right: Alberto Vargas, Paul Thompson, Gergens Polynice, Aliko Songolo, and Brenda Plummer
A message from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor:
It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to the first issue of Wisconsin Worldview, an online publication for University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni and friends who live and work outside of North America.
I first learned about the “Wisconsin Idea” — a century-old belief that the university’s boundaries extend far beyond its physical campus — while I was earning my doctorate in German literature at UW-Madison in the 1980s. The Idea is equally relevant today.
Today, more than ever, we value our partnerships with alumni, researchers, businesses and peer institutions around the world as we address the issues that accompany this phase of globalization, including environmental sustainability, global health, national security, and human rights.
This is the role and responsibility of a great public research university that is serving the people of Wisconsin, the nation and the world.
So, I invite you to take part in a global discussion — to share your worldview. Together, we’ll work to make UW-Madison the standard-bearer for academic quality and social contribution: the essence of the Wisconsin Idea.