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​Friday, October 30th

Welcome & Opening Ceremony
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Session A
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Session B
10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Luncheon/Keynote Address
Barbara L. McQuade
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan
12:20 p.m. to 1:30​ p.m.

Session C
1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Session D
3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Dinner and Reception
5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Staged Reading & Discussion
The Frybread Queen​​​
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 31st​

Session E
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

​Closing Forum: Indigenous Women, Rights, and Security
10:10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.​
Participants: Carolyn Dunn, Gayle Ross, Jane Lind, Sh​yla Marlin, Jean Scott, Elizabeth Yoakem, and Maureen Eke

Storytelling Performance by Gayle Ross
11:20 to 11:50 a.m.


Tentative Panels

A. Discourse of Human Rights: Identity, Language, and Politics
Panel Chair: Randall Doyle, Mid Michigan Community College​
  • Joshua Adams (Central Michigan University), “Coming Out for International Students”
  • Bill Blond (Central Michigan University), “Being a Careful Catalyst: How do we respectfully expose international students to critically analyze human rights issues in their countries of origin?”
  • John Gagnon (Michigan State University), “Words Matter: Race, Rhetoric, and How We Talk about Human Trafficking”
  • Michelle Kourouma (Central Michigan University), “Specific Learning Differences, the American University, and the English Language Learner: Finding the Individual within the Ecological Model”
  • Randall Doyle (Mid Michigan Community College), “Human Rights, the U.S. Department of State, and International Politics in the 21st Century”​

B. Investigating Human Trafficking: Case Studies, Narratives, and Reports
Panel Chair: Tracy Collins (Central Michigan University)
  • Terry McGlasson, Kara Eastling, Brooke Huber, Kris Spedowski, Ann Webster Marsh (Central Michigan University) “Healing Hidden Wounds: The Mental Health Needs of Victims of Human Trafficking”
  • Melanie Weaver (Arizona State University), “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Survivor Perspectives”
  • Brianna O’Steen (University of South Florida), “Redefining Sex Trafficking of Domestic Female Minors through the Florida Safe Harbor Act”
  • Amanda Brake (Mid Michigan Community College), “The Voice of the Working Class
    Single Mom. Stereotypes vs. Reality ”
  • Syed S. UddinAhmed (St. John’s University), “Projects Abroad Human Rights: The Case of the Youngsfield Military Base Refugees in Cape Town, South Africa

C. Women’s Experiences, Women’s Rights
Panel Chair: Karen Radell, Mid Michigan Community College
  • Maria Boikova Struble (Western State Colorado University) , “Old and Poor: The Politics of Elderly Care in America”
  • Dorine Lumsifu (Women Of Action Against Gender Inequality Cameroon), “Business and Gender Equality in Cameroon”
  • Jingwi Faith Kawah (Global Conscience Initiative ), “Forced Marriages in Cameroon”
  • Kristie Roberts-Lewis (Troy University) and LaKerri R. Mack (Troy University), “Women’s Rights: Examining the Sexual Trafficking of Women & Girls in the African Diaspora”
  • Karen Radell (Mid Michigan Community College), “Narratives of Human Trafficking: ​Where Art & Power, Culture & State Collide”

D. Depicting and Addressing Difference in Literature, the Arts, and the Media
Panel Chair: Leïla Ennaïli, Central Michigan University
  • Susanne Garbe (Trinity College, Dublin), “Can Magic Realism Speak?"​
  • Kali WrightSmith ( Westminster College), “From Words to Justice: Using Discourse to Understand and Encourage Compliance with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights”​
  • Mark Poindexter (Central Michigan University), “Talk Radio in a Multiethnic Society: Radio FreeDom in the French Overseas Department of Reunion.”
  • Liliana Mendoza Ortiz (Program of Development and Peace of Magdalena), “Contributions of Songs at the Symbolic Reparation in Collective Victims of Conflict in Colombia: Study of the Case ASOCAB"
  • Julia Udofia (University of Uyo), “Human Rights, Child-Prostitution: Personal and Societal
    Implications: Chris Abani's Becoming Abigail
  • Leïla Ennaïli (Central Michigan University), “Human Rights and the Roma Question in France in Documentary Images”
​E. Minority Rights, Indigenous Rights, & the U.N.
Panel Chair: Aliko Songolo (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Maissara Saeed (German Sudanese Association for Development ), “There is a Rat in My Kitchen, What Am I Going to Do?”
  • Syed S. UddinAhmed (St. John's University), “Uyghur Muslim Minorities: Discriminatory Policies from Mao to the Present”
  • Maureen N. Eke (Central Michigan University), “Negotiating Identity: Exploring Griqua Rights and First Nation Identit​ies in a (Post)Apartheid State”
  • Vivek Kumar Dwivedi (Northern Border University), “Human Rights: A Ploy to Recolonize the Third World”
  • Aliko Songolo (University of Wisconsin-​Madison), “The DRC Mapping Exercise Report: ​A Dead Letter?”

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