2015 Community College Symposium

Global Human Rights and Social Justice

November 11-12, 2015

Our Community College Global Education Symposium is held each November in Chapel Hill, NC. This day-a-half program explores significant global issues, offers best practices in global education, and provides educators an opportunity to incorporate global components into the curriculum. The 2015 community college symposium will focus on global human rights and social justice.

Cost: $175 per person. A team of four is $600. $150 for each additional member. $250 for out-of-state.

Location: The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

Co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute and the UNC African Studies Center.

Flyer  |  Schedule  |  Readings and Study Guide  |  Session Descriptions 

Featured Speakers


Christo Brand. Christo Brand was born the son of a farm foreman in South Africa’s Western Cape. He spent his early years knowing little about the cruel Apartheid regime that prevailed elsewhere in the country. Conscripted to the military at age eighteen, Brand elected not to join the notoriously brutal police or army. He trained instead as a prison guard and was assigned to Robben Island to guard the most dangerous men in South Africa—Nelson Mandela and his fellow revolutionaries. Against all odds, Brand and Mandela formed a lasting friendship. Brand helped Mandela bend the prison’s rules and endure its hardships while Mandela took an active interest in the younger man’s emerging family and career, continuing to act as mentor and friend long after his release. Today Brand still works at Robben Island, now a World Heritage Site. There he manages the museum bookstore and patiently recounts his experiences to thousands of visitors each year.

Lisa ChapmanLisa Chapman. Lisa Chapman has been in the North Carolina Community College System for twenty-eight years.  She currently serves as the system senior vice president for programs and student services/chief academic officer. Prior to her current role, Chapman was the executive vice president for instruction/chief academic officer at Central Carolina Community College, overseeing all instruction as well as recruiting and academic learning support services. Her tenure at Central Carolina included serving as a biology instructor, math and sciences department chair and an academic dean. She holds a B.S. in zoology from UNC-Chapel Hill, an M.S. in physiology from East Tennessee State University, and a doctorate of education in curriculum and instruction from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Rosemary FernholzRosemary Fernholz. Rosemary Fernholz is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She is also a visiting lecturer of public policy studies at the Duke University Center for International Development. Her current research interests include community development, health and human rights, global partnerships and social policy. She teachers courses on policy development, peace and conflict and policy analysis, among others. Her expertise reaches across multiple countries including Bolivia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and Panama. Her recent publications include “From Community Action to Policy Making: Implications of Citizen Water Monitoring” and “Infrastructure and Inclusive Development through ‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent’ of Indigenous Peoples,” among others.  Fernholz earned her doctorate Harvard University in 1998.

page_kirk_smallerRobin Kirk. Robin Kirk is the faculty co-chair of the executive committee of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute. An author and human rights advocate, Kirk directs the Belfast program for DukeEngage, in partnership with Healing Through Remembering, an extensive cross-community project dealing with the legacy of past conflict and human rights. She directs Undergraduate Studies for Duke’s International Comparative Studies major, where she teaches, and is a lecturer in the Department of Cultural Anthropology. Kirk has written three books, including More Terrible Than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America’s War in Colombia and The Monkey’s Paw: New Chronicles from Peru . In the Fall of 2006, she was a Fulbright lecturer at the Human Rights Center at Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey. Kirk authored, co-authored and edited over twelve reports for Human Rights Watch, all available on-line. Kirk has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Sojourners, The American Scholar, the Raleigh News and Observer, the Boston Globe and other newspapers.

image_4122842Robert Korstad. Robert Korstad is a professor of public policy and history at Duke University. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill. His research interests include twentieth century U. S. history, labor history, African American history, and contemporary social policy, and he is the co-director of a major documentary research project at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, “Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South.” His publications include: To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America; (coauthor, University of North Carolina Press, 2010); Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South (University of North Carolina Press, 2003); Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Talk About Life in the Segregated South (coeditor, The New Press, 2001); Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (coauthor, University of North Carolina Press, revised edition, 2000).

ted shawTheodore Shaw. Theodore M. Shaw is the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. Shaw teaches civil procedure and advanced constitutional law/fourteenth amendment. Before joining the faculty of UNC Law School, Shaw taught at Columbia University Law School, where he was professor of professional practice. Shaw was also the fifth Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., for which he worked in various capacities over the span of twenty-six years. Shaw’s human rights work has taken him to Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. He has received numerous honors and awards, including an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Wesleyan University, the 2012 Harlem Neighborhood Defenders Office W. Haywood Burns Humanitarian Award and the 2012 Office of the Appellate Defender Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Advocacy, among others. Shaw holds a B.A. with Honors from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Shaw was also an Aspen Fellow in Law and Social Justice, a Twenty-First Century Trust Fellow in London, England and a Salzburg Fellow in Salzburg, Austria.

niklaus-headshot-staff-photo.604.0.2609.2304.200.177.c (1)Niklaus Steiner. Niklaus Steiner is the director of the Center for Global Initiatives at UNC-Chapel Hill. A native of Switzerland who moved to the U.S. in his youth, Steiner has had the good fortune of moving between cultures all his life, and this experience shapes his academic focus. Steiner earned a B.A. with Highest Honors in international studies at the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in political science at Northwestern University. His research and teaching interests are immigration, refugees, nationalism, and citizenship, and his publications include Arguing About Asylum: The Complexity of Refugee Debates in Europe; Migration Security: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era and The Problems of Protection: UNHCR, Refugees, and Human Rights eds. Niklaus Steiner, Mark Gibney and Gil Loescher, among others.

Schedule At-A-Glance

Wednesday, November 11 Thursday, November 12
8:30 Welcome
Charlé LaMonica and Neil Bolick
World View
UNC-Chapel HillLisa Chapman
North Carolina Community College System
8:30 Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend
Christo Brand
Nelson Mandela’s former prison guard and author of Mandela: My Prisoner, My FriendTheodore Shaw
Center for Civil Rights
School of Law
UNC-Chapel Hill
8:45 Memory Bandits: Human Rights, the Past and Social Justice
Robin Kirk
Duke Human Rights Center
Duke University
9:45 BREAK (Book Signing with Christo Brand)
10:00 BREAK 10:00 Panel and Group Discussion: The NC Global Distinction Program and Global Initiatives at Your College

Neil Bolick
World View
UNC-Chapel Hill

Carol Hayes
Humanities and Social Sciences
Forsyth Technical Community College

Julie Mullis
Communication and Language
Wilkes Community College

10:15 Europe, the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and Human Rights
Niklaus Steiner
The Center for Global Initiatives
UNC-Chapel Hill
Human Rights and Social Justice Challenges in NC
Robert Korstad
Duke Human Rights Center
Duke University
11:15 Concurrent Sessions I: 12:00 Next Steps and Adjournment
Charlé LaMonica
World View
UNC-Chapel Hill
1. Women’s Rights in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring
Ellen McLarney
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Duke University
2. International Human Rights: The Inter-American System
Deborah Weissman
UNC School of Law
UNC-Chapel Hill
3. Resources for Teaching about Human Rights Work in Africa
Barbara Anderson
African Studies Center
UNC-Chapel Hill
12:15 LUNCH (provided)
1:15 Concurrent Sessions II:
1.The Problem with Water: Global Concerns and Local Contexts
Amy Cooke
UNC Institute for the Environment
UNC-Chapel Hill
2. Covering War: Media Images and Human Rights
Adnan Džumhur
Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
UNC-Chapel Hill
3.Forced from Home: Empowering Young People to Respond to the Consequences of Civilian Displacement
Tabitha Miller
English and Humanities
Pitt Community College
2:30 BREAK
2:45 Concurrent Sessions III:
1. International Women’s Rights
Emily Burrill
Women’s and Gender Studies
UNC-Chapel Hill
2. Corporate Social Responsibility
Steve May
UNC-Chapel Hill
3. Teaching Human Rights
Jonathan Weiler
Curriculum in Global Studies
UNC-Chapel Hill
4:00 Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Development
Rosemary Fernholz
Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke University
Friday Center for Continuing Education

Concurrent Session Descriptions

Women’s Rights in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring
Ellen McLarney, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University
Women were essential organizers and activists in the 2011 Arab Spring. In the aftermath of the revolutions, the legal position of women in the new government became a point of intense contestation. This presentation looks at different conceptions of women’s political participation and legal rights under successive governments after the Arab Spring—secular, Islamist and military. The talk concludes with the observation that the Islamist governments of Tunisia and Egypt encoded women’s equality in their new constitutions, contrary to widespread expectations in both the West and in the Middle East.
International Human Rights: The Inter-American System
Deborah M. Weissman, School of Law, UNC-Chapel Hill
This session will provide an overview of the international human rights framework. It will review key treaties and conventions that the United States has signed and ratified. Participants will also examine the structure and potential uses of the regional human rights system, with a focus on the Inter-American system and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Resources for Teaching about Human Rights Work in Africa
Barbara Anderson, African Studies Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
The African Studies Center at UNC-Chapel Hill has resources for community college faculty, especially documentary films, for teaching about Human Rights work in Africa. This presentation will use the example of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, and her Green Belt Movement for environmental and democratic rights in Kenya to discuss challenges and opportunities for students to learn about African grass roots movements for social justice.
The Problem with Water: Global Concerns and Local Contexts
Amy Cooke, Institute for the Environment, UNC-Chapel Hill
Water supply is a critical component of energy production, good health and sanitation. Yet, globally, access to clean water is not assured—even within developed nations like the U.S.—and is a major component of environmental justice campaigns. Following the UN Declaration of Human Rights, more countries are adopting the position that access to clean water is a human right. Given the critical nature of water to human economic activity, what constraints do people have to negotiate globally to maintain sufficient stocks of this crucial resource? This session will examine these issues and address how our choices impact water supply and quality both here and abroad.
Covering War: Media Images and Human Rights
Adnan Džumhur, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
UNC-Chapel Hill
This session will take a critical look at media representation of civilian suffering during the 1990s war in Bosnia and the ongoing war in Syria. The aim of the session is to highlight both opportunities and challenges in teaching human rights through images, specifically film and photography.
Forced from Home: Empowering Young People to Respond to the Consequences of Civilian Displacement
Tabitha Miller, CHECK Humanities, Pitt Community College
Centered within the concepts of civilian displacement and International Humanitarian Law, Tabitha Miller will share her curriculum globalization efforts for her HUM 115: Critical Thinking course. Learn about the types of assignments students are engaged in to help them better understand and respond to the global displacement crisis within the framework of critical thinking improvement.
International Women’s Rights
Emily Burrill, Women’s and Gender Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
This session will provide a brief history of  “international women’s rights” and its connection to histories of imperialism and the end of WWII. It will address contemporary categories of women’s rights that are regarded as pressing issues in different parts of the world, the benefits of thinking about access to resources and status through the category of international women’s rights, as well as possible concerns.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Steve May, Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill
This session explores the role of corporate social responsibility in business and society, as well as its relevance to teaching about human rights and social justice in a range of academic disciplines. Corporate social responsibility involves the convergence of multiple domains of life (e.g., social, political, economic, technological, and environmental) and multiple academic disciplines.  A global economy has brought together cultures with competing interests and values.  At the same time, we have seen a blurring between traditional boundaries of life (labor/leisure, public/private, work/home) as well as a collaboration between, if not a convergence of, various institutions (non-profit/for-profit, governmental/non-governmental).  Yet, the basic questions at the heart of corporate social responsibility are as old as business itself, such as the fundamental role of business and its contribution to society.
Teaching Human Rights
Jonathan Weiler, Curriculum in Global Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
This session will be an interactive discussion of the kinds of issues that students might be most interested in discussing in a human rights class, as well as considerations to keep in mind when raising challenging topics.


Readings and Study Guide

Week 1: Emailed Reading – (27 September 2015). The Migrant Crisis in Europe: Readers’ Questions Answered. The New York Times.

Week 2: Emailed Reading and Study Guide – (19 June 2013). The Global Human Rights Regime. Council on Foreign Relations. 


Week 3: Emailed Reading – (12 May 2011). Me, myself and them. The Economist.