The State of Human Rights in the Global Community
From February 26 – 28, 2014, the Idaho State University International Affairs Council (IAC) will be hosting the annual Frank Church Symposium on International Affairs. The symposium has grown over the years to become one of the most popular intellectual gatherings in the region. We are inviting delegates to come and address “The State of Human Rights in the Global Community” from a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary perspective.
The promotion and abuse of human rights as an embodiment of aspiration goes back in time with accordance to specific belief systems, values, and sociopolitical regimes. The struggle to protect the right to live, freedoms of expression and choice, and the right to aspire for legitimate comfort and happiness has often been a bloody battle as certain governments and mindless individuals and groups try to deny the powerless and less privileged these universal rights. From the gory ravages of societies embroiled in civil conflicts to the increasingly number of unmanned drones prying into the privacies of our bedrooms and bathrooms, it appears that our human society is perpetually entrapped in an endless dance of oppression and self-destruct as basic economic, social, and political rights are trampled upon and only considered as an after-thought. The continuing practices of human rights abuses in its varied forms is a grave indictment on our collective will to realize an inclusive and more harmonious society. It is therefore of urgent concern for both individuals and all responsible governments across the globe to defend human rights as a sacred and incontestable gift of nature. Only by understanding the intricate nuances of the battle to safeguard human rights can we become versed in how best to tackle the inherent problem of abuses.
It is our hope that the 2014 Annual Frank Church Symposium will critically address diverse forms of human rights issues on both local and global levels. Whether it be lessons emanating from the rise of the Arab Spring, or the twists and turns of democratization movements around the world, or the persecution of minorities, handicapped persons, colored peoples and the alienated and marginalized groups, our goal is to define the problems, address their sources, and with wisdom and epiphany, talk about practical solutions. While true that each country approaches these issues in its own way, the question remains as to whether there are enough excuses to deny basic universal human rights.
Submission of Abstracts:
The IAC proudly invites academics, practitioners, political leaders, government agencies, students and other interest groups to submit their CVs/resumes, titles, and abstracts of no more than 250 words (about half a page each) describing a potential topic of presentation and discussion at the symposium. Panels are also welcome. Please send all application materials and questions by email to:
Areas of interest (but not limited to) will include:
• Capitalism and Human Rights
• Child Trafficking
• Children’s Rights
• Corruption and Human Rights
• Culture and Human Rights
• Dictatorships and Human Rights
• Ethnic Cleansing and Genocidal Practices
• Gay and Lesbian Rights
• Gender and Human Rights
• Human Rights Activism in the 21st Century
• Intellectuals and State Interests
• Internet Freedom and Censorships
• Israel and the Palestine Question
• Journalists and Human Rights
• Military Interventions and Human Rights
• Mirandizing Suicide Bombers and Victims’ Rights
• Peacekeeping and Human Rights
• Religious Rights
• Science, Technology and Human Rights
• Sex Trafficking and Human Rights
• Terror and Human Rights
• The Nuclear Threat and Human Rights
• Universal Education and Human Rights
• Universal Health Care and Human Rights
• Women’s Rights, etc
The symposium will include national and international participants. The event will highlight the role of scholars, activists, students, politicians, and others in historic and contemporary human rights movements worldwide.
We work very hard every year to put together a symposium that is very informative to an appreciative audience on popular topics in today’s world. We are proud to invite people from all over the world to our symposium. While we strongly encourage potential delegates to look for funding from within their institutions and other sponsors, with modest donations from the ASISU at Idaho State University, and gifts from collaborating departments, individuals and businesses, the International Affairs Council will provide some travel awards to qualifying participants in forms of economy airfares for domestic travelers. Unfortunately we do not have enough funds to cover airfares for international participants but we may be able to provide cash awards of between $250 and $500 to help them defray some part of the cost of their travels. Other forms of awards are possible in forms of free meals and/or costs of hotel accommodation for three-day duration of the symposium. For all participants the registration fees are waived.
Selection of Participants
The IAC will meet as soon as possible to consider abstracts and CVs of applicants and select possible delegates. Successful candidates will be informed in writing by mid October 2013.
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