Human Rights Week set for Feb. 3-7

Printer-friendly version

The 11th annual Human Rights Week at Middleton High School will take place starting Monday, Feb. 3.

More than 25 people are expected to present. Most presentations run 35 minutes. The majority of presentations will be held in the Performing Arts Center. Presentations will be held all five days during the week.

Members of the organizing committee include Raad Allawi, Akshita Pattnaik, Katie Frye, Kallen Erlandson, Luke Whittingham, Elleanor Patterson, Majd Allawi and Anaka Srinivas. MHS social studies teacher Tim Davis is again coordinating the event.

The keynote speaker is JD Stier, who will present on Human Rights Activism starting at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7. Stier, a Madison native and UW-Madison philosophy graduate, and served in the White House during the Obama administration. Stier will share a story about human rights struggles, mass incarceration, and slumber parties at Aaron Rodgers' house.

Stier was sentenced to 42 months in prison at the age of 19 for possessing marijuana in downtown Madison. Stier became the first convicted felon to serve inside the White House. He also launched Stier Forward, a social movement engine addressing human rights, U.S. mass incarceration, and played a leading role in ending the global Ebola outbreak. He is also a frequent contributor to Politco, Huffington Post and a recurring guest on MSNBC.

Check out the biographies of all the presenters during Human Rights Week.

A fair trade sale will again be held, this time on Friday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of the PAC. Products that are labeled fair trade mean the people that produced the product were paid a fair wage and had good working conditions. Groups participating in the Fair Trade Sale include SERRV, Heart of the Sky Fair Trade, DOERS Wisconsin, Just Coffee, Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Mighty Peace Coffee, Ubuntu Trade, Heart of the Sky Fair Trade, and Bali & Soul.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Human Rights Week is made possible because of the generous support of the MCPASD Global Initiatives Mini-Grant Fund.

Here is the schedule for each day:

Monday, Feb. 3

Speaker Topic Time
Lori DiPrete Brown Human Rights: Women & Children 8:30 to 9:05 a.m.
Christopher Jimenez Clean Water Access & Strides for Africa 9:15 to 9:50 a.m.
Dr. Gina Bryan Opioid Epidemic 10:05 to 11:25 a.m.
Tara Drozdenko Nuclear Weapons & Humans 12:45 to 2:05 p.m.
Tegan Swanson & Bri Breunig Sexual Harassment 2:20 to 3:40 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Speaker Topic Time
Csanad Siklos Democracy, Populism & the Enigma of Hungary 8:30 to 9:05 a.m.
Chundou Her Don't Gerneraliz-Asian Me 9:15 to 9:50 a.m.
Amber Thompson & Dominique Christian Homelessness in Dane County 10:05 to 10:40 a.m.
Demond Hill Jr. Topic TBA 10:50 to 11:25 a.m.
Finn Enke LGBTQ+ History in the U.S. 12:45 to 2:05 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Speaker Topic Time
Paul Ohlrogge *Global Experiences: Peace Corps 8:30 to 9:50 a.m.
Paul Ohlrogge *Global Experiences: Peace Corps 9:15 to 9:50 a.m.
Richard Jones Sr. Pursuit of Justice 10:05 to 11:25 a.m.
Wayne Strong Know Your Rights 1:30 to 2:05 p.m.
Kruthika Kamath Women's Rights & the Me Too Movement in India 2:20 to 2:55 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

Speaker Topic Time
Erika Rosales Immigration & the United States 8:30 to 9:50 a.m.
Sara Sillars & Renata Laxova Holocast Survivor 10:05 to 11:25 a.m.
Percy Brown Jr. Topic TBA 12:45 to 2:05 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

Speaker Topic Time
UW-Madison Engineers Projects & Purpose of Engineers Without Borders 8:30 to 9:05 a.m.
Chris Keenan Mental Health in Schools 9:15 to 9:50 a.m.
Cat Jacoby Human Trafficking in Wisconsin 10:05 to 11:25 a.m.
JD Stier Human Rights Activism 12:45 to 2:05 p.m.
Robert & Susanna Fischer Wisconsin Microfinance 2:20 to 2:55 p.m.
Maryam Ladoni *Iranian Artist Shares Her Story 3:05 to 3:40 p.m.

* -- Presentation will take place in the Library Media Center