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Upstander Academy Brings Human Rights Education to Conn. July 29 - Aug. 3

   Upstander Academy Brings Human Rights Education to Conn. July 29 - Aug. 3



Storrs, Conn., and Mashantucket, Conn. — July 23, 2018The University of Connecticut’s Dodd Center andthe Mashantucket Pequot Museum will host the third annual Upstander Academy from July 29 through Aug. 3. The immersive six-day program features various workshops focused on creating ways to talk about genocide, achieve reconciliation, and encourage upstander behavior in the classroom and across communities worldwide.   


The Upstander Academy grew out of the work of the Upstander Project and is the product of a partnership with UConn’s Dodd Center and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum. The partnership commenced in 2016 as a way to practice outreach and human rights education with the community.


This year’s academy features teachers from the Wampanoag, Passamaquoddy, and Diné tribes as well as from Rwanda, and select topics include the Rwandan genocide as well as genocide against Indigenous peoples.  


Media are invited to attend the featured opportunities listed below. General attendance is by invitation only and is not open to the public.


WHAT:     University of Connecticut’s Dodd Center, Mashantucket Pequot Museum, and Upstander Project Host Third Annual Upstander Academy


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


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


WHEN:     July 29 – Aug. 3, 2018 (featured opportunities)

                            Aug. 1                                              

                            8:30 am – 12:45 pm         Educator tour of the Pequot Museum and nearby sites

                            1:45 pm – 3:30 pm           Interactive discussions led by gkisedtanamoogk (Mashpee Wampanoag), Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy) and endawnis Spears (Diné, Ojibwe, Chickasaw, Choctaw)

                            Aug. 3                                    

                            9:30 am 12:30pm          Exploring Maine-Wabanaki History Activity (Penthea                                      Burns)          


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


About the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is a 308,000 square foot non-profit educational institution representing the history and culture of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the natural history of Southeastern Connecticut, and the richness and diversity of indigenous cultures and societies throughout North America.  Spectacular exhibits and galleries span 98,000 square feet showcasing tribal cultures, science, the arts, and the abundance of local natural resources from the Ice Age to present day.  Open throughout the spring, summer and fall, the museum offers a variety of educational programs and exciting events for all ages.  The facility consists of permanent exhibits, the Mashantucket Gallery, classrooms, a 320-seat auditorium, a restaurant, and museum shop, while the research center houses collections, libraries, archives, and archaeology and conservation laboratories.  For more information about the world’s largest Native American museum, please visit our website.


The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Devoted to the theme of human rights, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center honors Thomas Dodd’s service as Executive Trial Counsel in the International Military Tribunal, the first of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. Ground was originally broken on the Center in 1993, and the finished building was dedicated by President William J. Clinton on October 15, 1995. Senator Christopher J. Dodd played a crucial role in the Center’s development and continues today to support the Center’s efforts and programming.  Since then, the Dodd Center has celebrated Dodd @ 20, the 20 years since first opening.

The Dodd Center seeks to advance human rights education in Connecticut public schools through its K-12 initiative, support the scholarly use of the Thomas J. Dodd Papers, through its International Justice Research Fellowship, and recognize leaders in the advancement of human rights worldwide through the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights


Upstander Project

Upstander Project helps bystanders become upstanders through compelling social issue documentary films

and related learning resources. UP serves mass and targeted audiences by challenging indifference to injustice and raising awareness of the need for upstanders, especially among teachers and their students. Upstander Academy grew out of years of UP’s teacher professional learning workshops.



Media contact:

Holly Wolfe

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center



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