Student Seminar for Global Citizenship and Peace
2017 Student Seminar
THEME: Free and Equal: The United Nation’s turn to Human Rights Protection Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)
DATES: August 4-12, 2017
The United Nations is the center of the global human rights regime, yet until recently it neglected the physical abuse and political disenfranchisement suffered by people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). In the last decade, however, this situation has changed remarkably. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has powerfully urged all states to address the human rights abuse of LGBT persons. He has declared the struggle for the protection of LGBT rights ‘one of the great, neglected challenges of our time”. The UN has launched a major global education campaign on LGBT rights, called “Free and Equal.” Similarly, in a controversial landmark speech at the UN, Hilary Clinton, as US Secretary of State, enjoined the world to recognize that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights”. And in 2016, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender identity,” thereby mandating the appointment of a United Nations Special Expert on SOGI.
In 2017 the INU program on Global Citizenship and Peace will examine the history and development of this controversial change in policy focus at the international level, and will explore its implications and political dynamics within global politics.
More information coming soon…
The INU Student Seminar on Global Citizenship and Peace is a unique immersion program offered at Hiroshima University. The seminar is structured around the August 6 commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The Student Seminar prepares an international group of students to live and learn as active global citizens. It is structured as a week-long interdisciplinary course for full time students attending INU member institutions. Students in the seminar are interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global citizenship and peace. This program provides students with a working knowledge of global citizenship andpeace with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world political, economic, social and cultural problems.
The team of instructors from INU member institutions includes faculty and practitioners with expertise across key disciplines in the social sciences. The program includes lectures, case studies, small group discussions, field trips to nearby attractions, participation in the peace memorial ceremony on August 6, and a cultural program.
Full-time students from INU member institutions who are willing to be challenged by an intensive academic and cultural program.
Who should apply?
The student seminar is designed for highly motivated students who are interested in:
- Increasing their understanding of political, economic, social and cultural challenges emerging in an increasingly globalized world
- Understanding the notion of global citizenship and considering their potential as global citizens
- Deepening their appreciation of the challenges and payoffs of cross-cultural and international engagement
- Sharing reflections with students, academics, and other seminar participants.
Application and Selection Process
Each INU member institution determines the application and selection process for students at their university. For more information, contact the international office at the appropriate institution, or contact Dr. Vesna Hart at the INU secretariat.
Course guides, reading lists, and travel information for participants will be published on this page once students have been selected and nominated by their home universities, in May 2016.
Henry Fong Award
Upon successful completion of the Summer School, qualifying participants are encouraged to apply for a Henry Fong Award.
Contact INU office: INU@jmu.edu
The INU Student Seminar features:
- Lectures and workshops with academic experts and guest speakers from around the world;
- Interactive seminars that encourage stimulating discussion and learning;
- A role-play of a special session of the United Nations General Assembly;
- A truly international student body
“I have always seen myself as someone that is very patient and accommodating to others’ needs and views when working on projects, and my previous involvements can attest to that. However, I have been challenged this week. Having to work in close cooperation with individuals coming from other fields of expertise and having to go beyond the language and cultural barrier pushed me to reconsider my abilities and methods, as to enhance not only others’ participation and enjoyment of the event, but also mine.”
“UN General Assembly role-play was best experience for me because I joined into discussion actively and learned personal skill, like negotiation skill or relating to a person with a different background. I’m sure to make it an advantage in my future.”
“The conflict of interest between our indigenous people and the interest of the nation that we represented was a big topic of ethical problem within our country and for myself as a representative.”