The Dodd Center to host Human Rights Summit this week


The Dodd Center for Human Rights is located on the south side of the Homer Babbidge Library on the UConn Storrs campus. The building houses the Human Rights Institute as well as the UConn Library’s Archives and Special Collections. File photo/The Daily Campus

The University of Connecticut’s Dodd Center for Human Rights is hosting a summit this Wednesday through Friday.  

The event will focus on examining the threats to U.S. democracy along with the role of international justice and rule of law, the summit webpage said.  

Some highlights of the event include a panel discussion examining the war in Ukraine, a fireside chat regarding steps to create a more inclusive democracy and a student-led discussion concerning democracy and dialogue. 

Each event will be held in the Konover Auditorium located in the Dodd Center, unless otherwise noted. Registration is free and open to anyone.  

“Join us for this important event exploring topics including global and domestic threats to democracy, the role of memory in defending democracy, and a focus on accountability for the atrocities in Ukraine,” the event webpage said.  

UConn has one of the largest human rights programs in the country, making the Dodd Center a major hub for human rights summits and events.  

In October 2021, President Biden visited the Dodd Center to deliver a dedication speech regarding the work that the center has done.   

This summitwill bring together prominent thought leaders, policymakers, activists, scholars, students, artists and business leaders from around the world to examine the key threats to democracy and the critical role of international justice and rule of law,” the events webpage said. “Through a mix of high-profile lectures and roundtable discussions, the Human Rights Summit will serve as a critical venue for sharing insights, building relationships, and inspiring action.” 

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