Listen to Our Stories: Illuminating Children's Rights through Oral History

Presented by Human Rights Educators USA Network in collaboration with Voice of Witness and USF’s International and Multicultural Education Department & Human Rights Education Program.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | School of Education Rm 110

 Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Join us for a free workshop with Voice of Witness on utilizing human rights-based oral history in the classroom to illuminate the rights of children. Through the lens of youth stories taken from Voice of Witness titles, Invisible Hands, Patriot Acts, and Throwing Stones at the Moon, essential questions will be explored such as: How can we honor the stories of youth in our classrooms and communities?

Event Program:

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m  Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m  Welcome and Introductions
9:40 a.m. - 10:10 a.m  Presentations by Felisa Tibbitts & Monisha Bajaj (Director, MA in HRE)
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m  Youth Stories from the Voice of Witness series
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Free Workshop led by Voice of Witness
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m  Concluding thoughts

Workshop Description:

Voice of Witness Education Program staff will guide participants through various curriculum activities to explore connections between youth narratives and human rights principles grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In this hands-on workshop, participants will:

  • Make a strong connection between oral history and human rights education
  • Gain strategies and ideas for honoring youth voices in their classrooms and communities
  • Learn to use the oral history process as a means to combat “otherness”

Meet the Presenters:

monisha-bajajDr. Monisha Bajaj

Dr. Monisha Bajaj is Associate Professor of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, where she directs an MA program in Human Rights Education. She is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Peace Education and author of Schooling for Social Change: The Rise and Impact of Human Rights Education in India (winner of the Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award of the Comparative & International Education Society), as well as numerous articles. She has also developed curriculum--particularly related to peace education, human rights, anti-bullying efforts and sustainable development--for non-profit educational service providers and inter-governmental organizations, such as UNICEF and UNESCO.

Dr. Felisa Tibbittsfelisa-tibbitts

Dr. Felisa Tibbitts is the Founder and Senior Advisor of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA –, which she directed from 1999-2010. She established the Human Rights in Education Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2012-3) and has been an adjunct faculty member at multiple institutions. Dr. Tibbitts has worked with numerous government and international agencies in developing curriculum and policies that support the integration of human rights into teaching and training, including the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP, OSCE, the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States and numerous non-governmental organizations, such as Amnesty International. Dr. Tibbitts has engaged in adult trainings in over 20 countries, serves on numerous advisory committees and has published articles, book chapters, and manuals addressing such topics as HRE in schools and the empowerment model of HRE.

cliff-mayotteCliff Mayotte

Cliff Mayotte is an award winning educator and artist with over twenty-five years of experience in the field.  He currently serves as Education Program Director for Voice of Witness, where he recently compiled and edited The Power of the Story: The Voice of Witness Teacher’s Guide to Oral History. He is a recipient of the Beverly Kees Educator Award from the Northern California Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists. From 1997-2000, Cliff served as the Education Director for the Tony award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre and is currently a resident director at The Marsh in San Francisco.

claire-kieferClaire Kiefer

Claire Kiefer joined Voice of Witness as Education Program Associate in 2012, after six years of teaching children of incarcerated parents at a public high school. She has developed curricula for subjects ranging from the prison industrial complex, to collaborative poetry writing, to art responding to gang violence. For the past ten years, Claire has taught poetry writing in prisons and jails around the country, and she remains dedicated to prison reform and education.

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