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University of Connecticut’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum Host Upstander Academy

STORRS, Conn. and MASHANTUCKET, Conn. - July 20, 2017 - Stemming from the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center’s human rights education initiative, a new partnership was established between the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education, the Upstander Project, and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum. The partnership, called the Upstander Academy, came together last year as a way to practice outreach and human rights education with the community. The Upstander Academy, which will span from July 31 to Aug. 4, 2017, features topics such as the Rwandan genocide and the experiences of the indigenous peoples; speakers from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and Rwanda; and various workshops centered on creating ways to talk about genocide and reconciliation in the classroom.

WHO:  Classroom teachers and museum educators from across the U.S.; Pequot Museum staff; UConn faculty, staff, and students

WHAT:  University of Connecticut’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum Host Upstander Academy

WHERE:  Various locations across the UConn Storrs campus and Mashantucket Pequot Museum

WHEN:  July 31 – Aug. 4, 2017 (featured opportunities)

Aug. 2

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Educator tour of the Pequot Museum

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.Interactive discussions, led by gkisedtanamoogk (Mashpee Wampanoag), Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy) and endawnis Spears (Diné, Ojibwe, Chickasaw, Choctaw)

Aug. 3

10 a.m. – noon Blanket exercise

WHY:  Attendees will gain a better understanding of the causes, outcomes, and reconciliation processes associated with genocide within both a global and local context.  


Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center (www.pequotmuseum.org) is a non-profit educational institution that seeks to further knowledge and understanding of the richness and diversity of the indigenous cultures and societies of the U.S. and Canada. The museum consists of permanent exhibits, the Mashantucket Gallery, classrooms, a 320-seat auditorium, restaurant, and museum shop, while the research center houses collections, libraries, archives, and archaeology and conservation laboratories.

The world’s largest Native American museum, The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center serves as a major resource on the history and culture of the Mashantucket Pequots, the diverse histories and cultures of Native Americans throughout the northeast, and the natural history of southeastern Connecticut. 


The Neag School of Education

The Neag School of Education stands out as a major contributor to instructional and research excellence at the University of Connecticut, one of the nation’s leading public higher education institutions. With academic departments dedicated to educational leadership, educational psychology, and curriculum and instruction, the Neag School also offers a five-year integrated bachelor’s/master’s program in teacher education and a one-year, post-baccalaureate teacher education program. According to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools, the Neag School ranks among the top 20 public graduate schools of education in the nation and has three specialty programs ranked in the top 20 nationally: Special Education, Educational Psychology, and Secondary Teacher Education.

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