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December Human Rights Events

2015 Human Rights Symposium

When: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108

The Department of Human Rights will celebrate Human Rights Week in Minnesota with its annual Human Rights Symposium, providing insightful information on the latest trends and legal decisions impacting you and the work you do. 

Falcon Heights Human Rights Day Film Screening: Selma

When: Thursday, December 10, 6 PM
Where: Falcon Heights City Hall, 2077 Larpenteur Ave W, Falcon Heights MN 55113

The Falcon Heights Human Rights Commission will host a screening of the film Selma, which chronicles the historic 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery. Commissioner Kevin Lindsey will facilitate a discussion of the film and talk about the role of the Department of Human Rights in ending discrimination in Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public.

Queer Voices: An LGBT Reading Series

When: Tuesday, December 1, 7:30 PM
Where: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Since 2005, Intermedia Arts’ Queer Voices reading series has been creating a safe space for LGBT writers and audiences to explore the day-to-day material of life without internal or external censorship. December readers include Rachel Gold, the award-winning author of Just Girls and Being Emily; Michael Kiesow Moore, author of the recently published poetry collection, What to Pray For; writer, poet, healer, and speaker Christine Marie; and writer, editor, and educator William Reichard.

$5-25 Suggested Donation Supports the Series.

How Sentencing Was Hijacked by Congress and Presidents

When: Tuesday, December 1, 11:45 AM
Where: Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave S. Minneapolis MN

Congress and presidents have usurped the responsibility of courts to set sentences, reducing the discretion of judges and helping to fill American prisons with low-level, non-violent offenders. A bipartisan group of legislators are working on sentencing reform. Retired U.S. District Judge James Robertson leads a discussion, arguing that reform should start by putting power back in the hands of judges.

Event sponsored by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. More information.

Public Health in Minnesota

When: Tuesday, December 1, 6 - 8 PM
Where: Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN

Join School of Public Health Dean John Finnegan and panelists in a discussion on how critical public health issues are currently being addressed in Minnesota. Panelists include: Heather Britt, Allina; Carota Medus, Minnesota Department of Health; Cara McNulty, Target;
Craig Hedberg, University of Minnesota School of Public Health and
Farhiya Fara, GlobeGlow Consulting. See website to RSVP.

Women's Resource & Action Center Presents
Write for Rights

When: Tuesday, December 1, 11:45 AM
Where: Kirby Student Center 268, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth MN

An invitation to change the lives of women through an Amnesty International letter writing campaign. The writing kick-off is December 1. Stop by any time during December 1-9 in the Multicultural Center to write a letter and change lives. Sponsored by the Women's Resource and Action Center and the Women's Gender and Sexuality Department. More information.

CLE: Asylum Step-by-Step Training Series pt. 2

When: Wednesday, December 2, Noon
Where: The Advocates for Human Rights, 330 Second Avenue South, Suite 800, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Asylum Step-by-Step is designed to provide volunteer attorneys with skills and techniques necessary to successfully represent asylum seekers, to help avoid common pitfalls, and to give advocates an opportunity to learn from experienced attorneys. More information.

Color Blind Racism: Racism Without Racists

When: Wednesday, December 2, 5 PM
Where: Kirby Student Center Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth MN

Professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor and Chair of Sociology at Duke University, to speak to the campus and Duluth/Superior communities on Color Blind Racism: Racism Without Racists. More information.

Art Illuminating Human Rights Series

When: Thursday, December 3, 6:00 PM
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Pillsbury Auditorium, 2400 Third Ave. S., Mpls., MN

The final event of the Art Illuminating Human Rights series, the December 3 event will focus on LGBTI rights, with readings that will include artist Andrea Jenkins, author of The T is Not Silent.

Events are free to the public; however space is limited. To make a reservation, call 612-870-6323.

Center for Victims of Torture: Healing Center Tour

When: Thursday, December 3, 5 PM
Where: St. Paul Healing Center, 649 Dayton Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104

The St. Paul Healing Center tours are the best way to learn first hand how the Center for Victim of Torture helps torture victims – refugees and asylum seekers – heal from the trauma of torture, war and political violence. To RSVP for a tour, contact Steven Hall at 612-436-4820 or

School of Public Health Film Series: Screening of “Here One Day”

When: Wednesday, December 2, 5 - 7:30 PM
Where: Mayo Auditorium, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

The film Here One Day documents the life of woman who struggled with bipolar disorder, her relationships with family members, and the lasting effects of her suicide. Prior to the film, stop by the networking reception to interact with the evening’s sponsors and friends. Following the film, a panel of local experts will discuss the film and invite audience questions and participation. More information.

Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission Meetings

When: Monday, December 7
Where: 350 S. 5th Street - City Hall Room 241, Mpls. 55415

MCCR PR&E Committee Meeting - 5:30 PM

MCCR Contract Compliance Committee Monthly Meeting - 5:30 PM

MCCR Executive Committee Monthly Meeting - 7 PM

More information.

European Migration Crisis lecture series

When: Wednesday, December 9, Noon
Where: U of M, Heller Hall, Room 1210, 271 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis MN

Join the Center for German and European Studies at a lecture series on the recent migration to Europe. Presenters and topics are:

Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg (Anthropology; Carleton College)
"In the Shadow of the State: Cameroonian Mothers and Migrant Legal Consciousness in Berlin."

Daniel Williams (Sociology; St. Catherine University)
"Beyond Ethnicity? Integration, Citizenship, and Germanness in a New Century."

More information.

International Human Rights Day - Open House and Gift Bazaars

When: Thursday, December 10, 4 PM
Where: The Advocates for Human Rights, 330 Second Avenue South, Suite 800, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Shop the unique gifts The Advocates has gathered from around the world and connect with friends and colleagues. Food & refreshments will be served, and guests will be entertained by music performances by an Advocates’ client. More information.