'Teaching Human Rights' Talk set for April 5

Dr. Paola Ehrmantraut, assistant professor of Spanish and faculty member in the American Culture and Difference Department, will speak on “Teaching Human Rights to the Millennial Generation” on Tuesday, April 5. Free and open to the public, the event will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts auditorium, Room 126.

Dr. Paola Ehrmantraut

Dr. Paola Ehrmantraut

Ehrmantraut will discuss the particular challenges faced in human rights education today. She will pay special attention to the cultural context of teaching practice: How do we approach human rights after 9/11 and Abu Ghraib? How does this context shape and inform the way Latin American studies are taught?

Recent media coverage of “torture memos” and public circulation of degrading images of detainees paired with other more subtle yet ubiquitous dehumanizing practices in American culture are worrisome symptoms; however, Ehrmantraut holds that they also represent an opportunity to reflect on teaching and renewing pedagogical approaches.

The talk is sponsored by the American Culture and Difference Department.