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Building on Augsburg University’s thirty-year history with the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and as part of our sesquicentennial celebration, Augsburg is pleased to announce the launch of the new Human Rights Forum. The event will bring together students, global changemakers, and local activists to explore innovative ways to take action in our ongoing pursuit of human rights issues globally and domestically.
The 2019 Human Rights Forum will take place at Augsburg University on October 28 and 29. It is open to the entire Augsburg community, partner schools, and the general public. The event will feature approximately 20 speakers, including six from the Human Rights Foundation roster, and include both larger plenaries, breakout, and workshop sessions.
The opening day will focus on global issues and perspectives and is developed in partnership with the Human Rights Foundation, a nonprofit that sponsors the Oslo Freedom Forum each year, both founded by Thor Halvorssen, a Venezuelan human rights activist. The Human Rights Foundation has an impressive roster of young and diverse human rights activists, and promotes and protects human rights globally within authoritarian regimes.
Our second day will feature speakers and sessions exploring racial justice, indigenous rights and environmental sustainability, with this programming developed in partnership with campus departments and centers, partner institutions, and sponsors.
There will be opportunities for Augsburg classes to attend Forum sessions during normal class periods as well as to have guest speakers visit individual classes. We welcome campus-wide engagement both in the planning process as well as during the event days.