Human Rights Week

Monday, March 11, 2013 - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Human Rights Week

Day 1: Preserving the Right of Individual Petition in cases of Human Rights Abuses
Monday, March 11, 2013
7 pm - 9 pm
UC Ballroom
Speaker: Professor Ndiva Kofele-Kale

Marafa Hamidou Yaya, Cameroonian political leader, was convicted on September 22, 2012, to 25 years in prison for “intellectual complicity” in the misappropriation of public funds. He is a prisoner of conscience and an Amnesty International case of concern. His lawyer, Professor Ndiva Kofele-Kale of SMU Dedman School of Law, will be coming to give a lecture at UT about this case andprovide a re-examination of a host of issues relating to the enforcement of human rights, especially due process rights, in post-colonial countries. There will be a question-and-answer portion and light refreshments following the lecture.


Day 2: Painting for Palestine
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
6 pm - 8 pm
Hodges Library, Room 213 and the Mary Greer Room
Confirmed speaker: Carolyn Spellings

Painting for Palestine will be a day that features information on the children in Palestine in multiple lights. We’ll begin with a dinner of Palestinian food, followed by a talk from Carolyn Spellings. Spellings is a member of the PALProject at the Center for Study of Youth and Political Conflict and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Child and Family Studies, and she will give a presentation about art movements in Palestine. UT students will paint notes and pictures for Palestine, and the art created by UT students will be sent to a school in Hebron in the West Bank. At the event, we’ll have pictures of some of the art that can be seen in Palestine, as well as shots of the children of Palestine. All of these images as well as those made by UT students will be displayed for the remainder of Human Rights Week.


Day 3: Freed From Death Row: A Story of Wrongful Conviction
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
7 pm - 9 pm
Hodges Library Auditorium
Speakers: Stacy Rector and Ray Krone

Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty are coming to give an exciting and informative talk on the Death Penalty. Stacy Rector, executive director of TADP, will speak out the logistics and downfalls of the death penalty. Ray Krone, the 100th U.S. death row exoneree, will share his powerful story of spending 10 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. Krone endured two trials and numerous appeals before finally being released after DNA evidence pointed to the real perpetrator. (More info:


Day 4: Reproductive Health as a Human Right
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
7 pm - 8:30 pm
University Center, Shiloh Room

The night will consist of a panel discussion how birth control affects the female body, uses of birth control beyond contraceptives, stigmas surrounding birth control, and why access to contraception is a basic human right. Panelists include Dr. Kathy Brown, PhD, Director of Community Assessment and Health Promotion at Knox County Health Center; Anita Blatnik, nurse practitioner at UT Student Health and specializes in birth control in young adults; Corinne Rovetti, Co-Director and a nurse practitioner at the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health; Tory Mills, External Affairs Coordinator of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee; and Mark Mohundro, Director of the Knoxville Reproductive Justice Coalition. Q-and-A session to follow

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