Tuesday, November 1, 2016
The Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
300 East 9th St., Coralville, Iowa 52241 USA


Registration is now closed. Please visit our archive for information on past events. If you have questions, please contact Teresa Garringer at (319)335-6289 or teresa-garringer@uiowa.edu.

2016 Schedule of Events 

  • 9:00-9:10 Welcoming remarks
  • 9:10-9:50 Keynote by Dr. Christine Grant
  • 10:00-10:50 First breakout session
  • 11:00-11:50 Second breakout session
  • 12:00-12:50 Lunch
  • 1:00-1:50 Last large group session
  • 1:50-2:00 Wrap-up

2016 Keynote Address

Dr. Christine Grant served as a consultant for the Civil Rights Title IX Task Force, and is recognized for her fight for gender equality in athletics. Dr. Grant has held a number of leadership positions including presidency of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators and the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. In addition, she was awarded the Billie Jean King Award, and the NCAA President’s Gerald R Ford Award. In 2006, Dr. Grant was inducted into The University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame and the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame, and in 2007, she was named one of the most 100 influential sports educators in America by the Institute of International Sport.

Breakout Sessions

Art and the Body. What do art and the body have to do with one another? In this session, we'll do a yoga warm up and learn about artist Heather Hanson who uses her whole body to make drawings - stretching and drawing! Then, we'll create large body drawings ourselves using charcoal and colored pastels. Graduate and Undergraduate Students, UI College of Education, Art Education Program.

Article 24: Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay. Did you know that reasonable working hours and time off (holidays) had to be fought for? Organized groups of employees working to protect their rights – called unions – negotiated with employers for fair wages, sensible working hours, and paid time off to recharge their batteries. We will be focusing on the rights of workers, which are not always the same as the needs of employers. A ‘labor’ team will negotiate with a ‘management’ team for better working conditions. Who will be successful? What compromises will each team have to make so that some of the demands are met? Gregory Hamot, Professor, UI College of Education; and Andrea Cohen, Graduate Student, UI College of Education.

Expressive Unwinding. What do you find most relaxing: reading, painting, drawing, sleeping? Come join us for a you-choose relaxation project through fabric painting, body painting, tactile painting, and zentangle doodling. Graduate and Undergraduate Students, UI College of Education, Art Education Program.

Fearing the Wave. Learn what tsunamis are and where they occur through hands on simulation and interactive data. James Shelman, Stephanie Schlabaugh, Emilie Camp, Henry Hartzler, and Heather Fuller, UI Students, College of Education.

High Intensity Relaxation. How can high intensity, contact sports such as boxing be nonviolent, relaxing, and promote well-being? This workshop deals with unconventional methods of stress management through the use of physical exercise and boxing techniques. Students will be engaging in exercises used by those who practice boxing in a non-combative way that promotes stress relief and confidence. Adam Gallenberg, Graduate Student, UI College of Education.

How Clean is Your Water? We are working on human environmental impact. Students will be creating their own water filtration system to test to see if their water is pure enough to drink. Katie Renteria, Karsen Kramer, Margaret Creeden, and Mandi Burkley, UI Students, College of Education.

Human Impact. Want to know how you can improve life on Earth? Come enjoy creating and interpreting data to design and evaluate solutions that can lessen human impact on the environment! Savannah Gabel, Megan Moore, Shannon Pyburn, and Tory Wolver, UI Students, College of Education.

“Killing the King? Shakespeare and Power in Macbeth and Julius Caesar In this seminar, students will be introduced to Shakespeare's two great political tragedies. Using performance-based approaches, students will act out a series of scenes from Macbeth and/or Julius Caesar. We will grapple of issues of power, corruption, political rhetoric, ambition, and murder. Students will decide if they wish to join the coconspirators who murder Julius Caesar on his way to the forum or if they want to stop Macbeth from murdering the good King Duncan. Colleen Kennedy, Professor, UI College of Education.

Land, Air, Water, Light, & YOU! Learn about how land, air, water, and light can have an impact on Earth and what YOU can do to fix it. (Bring your phone and appetite). Maddie Boyd, Miranda Pille, Emily Rehfeldt, and Mary Grismer, UI Students, College of Education.

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.

Simple Games from Other Countries. What can you do for fun if you’re inside, if you have to use your “inside voice,” and if you aren’t using an electronic device?  What games do kids play in other countries?  This session will give you some ideas! Laurie Croft, Professor, UI College of Education.

The Human Right to Rest and Leisure. How do we make sure we have time for rest, leisure, family, and citizenship along with work obligations? When we take a job, how long should we be required to work during each day or each week? And who should decide? We will explore dramatic struggles over the right to time—including historic attempts to bring workers together internationally under the rallying cry of “8 hours for work, 8 hours for sleep, 8 hours for what we will”—and consider how norms and laws determining how much time we have for rest and leisure are evolving across the globe today. Jennifer Sherer, Director, UI Labor Center.

The Right to Write Songs. What is songwriting? Who writes songs and for what purpose do they write songs? This session will explore the art of songwriting and the unlikely role is has in a prison in Iowa. Haviland Gilbert, UI Student.

Working in Human Rights and International Affairs. Are you interested in a career in human rights or international affairs, working abroad, or learning about ways to make an international impact from home?  This session will address working in the area of human rights and international affairs. I will begin with a discussion of my career, including my experiences studying abroad and interning with the United Nations, as well as my current pro bono legal work representing individuals seeking asylum in the United States.  Next, we will explore other careers in human rights and international affairs by learning about several individuals who work for international organizations (e.g., the United Nations), non-governmental organizations (e.g., Amnesty International), and governmental agencies (e.g., U.S. Foreign Service).  Finally, we will take some time to brainstorm international and human rights work that you might like to do in your future, thinking about where you would like to work and the impact you would hope to make. Britta Loftus, Attorney.

Your Right to Global Hip Hop and Cinema. While film and hip-hop are rooted in the United States, these forms of entertainment and social commentary are produced and consumed around the globe. Film and music are used to talk about experiences and express opinions on issues that effect people on local and global levels. Unfortunately, not all people have equal access to these forms of entertainment. This session looks at major centers of film and hip-hop production around the globe and participants will have an opportunity to produce a scene or song on a global issue of their choosing. Jason Harshman, Professor, UI College of Education.


Yoga Fusion. This class will combine basic yoga techniques with movements to build strength, flexibility, confidence and self-esteem. In addition, your concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves.  “Yoga Fusion” is an uplifting, noncompetitive, fun way to improve your health and well-being. Pat Kutcher, Associate Director, UI Recreational Services, Fitness and Wellness.

Event Archive

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.

Event Archive