Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The Marriott Hotel and Conference Center - 300 East 9th St., Coralville, Iowa 52241 USA

The Annual International Day Human Rights Conference is a one-day event held each fall since 1997. The conference is designed to educate middle school students on topics related both to local and global human rights issues.

Please visit the International Day website for news, archives, and upcoming events. If you have questions, please contact Teresa Garringer at (319)335-6289 or teresa-garringer@uiowa.edu.


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2018 Schedule of Events

9:00 - 9:10 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
9:10 - 9:30 a.m. Remarks about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Andrea Cohen
9:20 - 9:50 a.m. Keynote by Elizabeth Adams
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Breakout Session I
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Breakout Session II
11:55 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. Lunch
12:40 - 1:30 p.m.  Large group session: Sadako performance
1:30 - 1:40 p.m.  Wrap-up (10 minutes)

2018 Keynote Address

Elizabeth Harano Adams, Choreographer
Elizabeth Harano danced in companies including Ballet Met, Ballet West, Ballet Oklahoma, Princeton Ballet, Chamber Ballet USA, Colorado Ballet, Iowa Dance Theater, Chautauqua Festival Ballet, Ballet Iowa and The Neuman Project during her 10 year career as a professional ballerina. Retiring as a dancer in 1994 she has taught all levels of Ballet, Pointe and Modern for over 20 years. She also stages classical masterworks and provides original choreography for dancers at the Pointe Academy of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, a non-profit ballet school based in Des Moines.

Large Group Session

Pointe Academy of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

Sadako is the ballet version of the true story of Sadako Sasaki, a school girl in Hiroshima who contracted leukemia (the “atom bomb disease”) at age 11 from the atom bomb fallout. The ballet is not a literal re-telling of the story, but incorporates balletic pantomime and the danced dreams of Sadako to evoke the emotions of the principal characters: Sadako, her Mother and her Friend, as they face the terror of war, the pain of sickness and loss and ultimately hope for a brighter future. Beginning with the days of peace prior to the War, the ballet tells the story of the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, Sadako’s death and her friends’ commitment to passing a message of peace and remembrance throughout the world.

Breakout Sessions

Survivor 2018: The Baby Edition!
Do YOU have what it takes to survive your birth and make it to your first birthday? This workshop will explore what conditions are necessary for a baby survive pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of life. Students will compete for survival under a variety of dangerous (and often preventable) circumstances throughout the world in their attempt to win the ultimate prize: your first birthday party! Alison Oliver, Instructor, UI School of Social Work

Creating Colorful Connections
How can we combine our differences to make a creative statement? In this session, create weavings using fabric, and by sharing personal concepts. We will create a large collaborative work along with our individual works of art. UI Art Education Students

Let Your Colors Fly
Pirate flags, team flags, country flags, rainbow flags, are all examples of ways that flags represent groups of diverse people. If you had a flag to represent yourself, what would you put on it? What can flags show about you? It can show freedom, unity, ideals, personal beliefs, and public symbols. Come join us to create your own unique flag and let your colors fly! UI Art Education Students

Monks, Markets and Beyond: Why Knowing Thai is Critical
When you travel, study and live abroad the depth of your experience will in part depend on how well you know the language spoken by the local people. Language fluency allows you to develop relationships with people which can lead to insights into their views of the world. Our session will explore a specific example of this phenomenon -- how knowledge of the Thai language can help you to get to know people from all walks of life in Thailand -- from students to noodle shop owners to monks -- and how these interactions can enrich your understanding of the culture of this country. We will learn some Thai -- a tonal language -- and watch some videotapes of various social interactions I have had with Thais over the years since my first trip to Thailand in the Peace Corps in 1968. Scott McNabb, Professor, UI College of Education.

Unconscious Bias Training
Students in this session will engage in an unconscious bias training to help recognize and observe their own biases. This work will help students begin the process of overcoming prejudices to improve relationships with diverse groups of people. UI College of Education Student, Ashley Lambert

Live to Eat, or Eat to Live? Science, Agriculture, and You!
Is your lunch safe to eat? What is the difference between organic produce and “regular” produce? Come develop your media and science literacy skills and learn about topics including pesticide residuals in produce, “organic” food, genetically modified food, and the environmental impacts of agriculture! We will interrogate misconceptions about the role of modern agriculture in human and environmental health to understand these issues in the context of food and Earth’s changing climate. Play two truths and a lie, fight misinformation, and walk away as a smarter eater of food! UI College of Education Students

The Albedo Effect
The Albedo effect examines a surface’s ability to reflect heat from the sun and sunlight into the atmosphere. Lighter surfaces have a higher albedo and reflect more sunlight; darker surfaces have a lower albedo and reflect less. Albedo is directly related to the salinity of water bodies. Water salinity is an important environmental factor for many marine ecosystems and even marginal changes to the salinity of oceans can have detrimental effects to many life forms. At this station we use t-shirts and heat lamps to experience the albedo effect in action. We will also be examining the correlation between water temperature and salinity. UI College of Education Students

Where did your fish go after its funeral?
Have you ever wondered where water goes once you flush your toilet? Come hang out with us while we explore what happens to your wastewater. Did you know that all of the water on the earth has been here since the beginning of time? How have we and how can we continue to treat our limited drinking water resources? We can even help you try to find those items you accidently flushed down your toilet or your goldfish that passed away as we learn about wastewater treatment processes. Don’t WASTE this opportunity, come visit us in the (room). UI College of Education Students, Anna Fox, Maire McGrath, Alexandria Tenley, and Ryan Hingtgen

Are Your Lakes Clean?
"Want to know how dirty the water in your hometown is? Come look for different bugs, or as we like to call them, macro-invertebrates! Determine for yourself how polluted your water is! Here you can sift through water from four different sources in the Iowa City/Coralville area to check out the different organisms that can be found in each one. How do the varying numbers and types of macro-invertebrates tell us about water quality? More importantly, how can you help clean our lakes?" UI College of Education Students

Environmental Pollutants of the 21st Century
Our culture is evolving faster than we can keep up. New innovations and technology are making our world a better place, but with that follows a high amount of environmental harm. Oil spills, hazardous extract and many other types of waste are now a common part of our culture. Come and find out how scientist and engineers plan to fix this new century problem with new century science. How do we plan to fix this problem? Bioremediation may be the answer. Bioremediation involves using microorganism to remove the hazardous material from our environment in a safe way. But how does life itself remove waste that is ironically a hazard to life? Come see this process in action and find out how! UI College of Education Students

Human Rights Match Game
It's the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! Over the years many artists have designed illustrations for each of the 30 Articles. You're going to see some of these illustrations and match them with the right Article. First, of course, we'll go over all the Articles together. And then it's Game On! Andrea Cohen, Executive Director, Iowa United Nations Association

Take A Journey for Your Mental Health
We all have mental health! We do! Sometimes, though, difficult thoughts and emotions get in the way and makes having your mental health harder to have. This work shop takes you on a journey of gaining mindfulness, learning to just breathe, and reminding you that there is an emotional safe place for you when things get too challenging in having our mental health. If you want an experiential journey to focus in and manage your stress, worry, and concerns then this is the workshop for you! Barry Schreier, Director, UI University Counseling Services

Human Rights Around the World and At Home
Participants match examples of human rights affirmations and abuses in selected countries with articles of the UDHR. Jill Goldesberry, The Stanley Foundation

From the Mountains of Bosnia to the Corn Fields of Iowa
Come hear Iowa City local Amir Hadzic share the incredible story of his escape from Sarajevo in 1994, a city under siege. As a professional soccer player for FC Zeljeznicar, his life was changed dramatically when the war erupted in the early 1990s. Eventually Amir escaped from Sarajevo to a refugee camp in northern Croatia, where he met his wife, an Iowa City native. He came to the U.S. in 1995 and now works for Mount Mercy University as the Head Men's Soccer Coach and Director of International Recruiting. Listening to this story will bring perspective to your own life, as Amir explains that “War makes you realize who your real friends are, and it teaches you to enjoy the little things in life.” Amir Hadzic, Mount Mercy University

Invisible Disabilities
Vickie Houser, UI Student Disability Services
Did You know that 96% of disabilities are invisible? Join me to learn more about this question and the differences that exist between a disability that is visible versus invisible. We will also look into the different kinds of disabilities that exist and how they can be accommodated in a school like the University of Iowa. Finally, we will explore together the privilege of living in a world that accommodates able bodied people. Vickie Houser, UI Student Disability Services

Immigration: Peace and Rebuilding a Life in a New Land
There are different types of immigrants. Do you ever think about which group of immigrants you belong to? Why is it really critical for every one of us to pose for a second and think about this? We all color and love to use crayons; so many different colors. During this interactive session participants will contemplate on and appreciate diversity through the analogy of color. Venantie Nduhirahe