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Health and Human Rights Course


 Spring 2014 

26th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum:  Crossing Boundaries to Create Common Ground

Directed Study 1 Credit Course

PubH 8893 Directed Study - Section 1 (#55452)

Instructor: Kirk Allison, PhD, MS
 

This 1 credit course is attached to the final 2 days of the 26th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum.  

  • Saturday, March 8  - Science and Health Day (9-5, music after)
  • Sunday, March 9  - Global Day (Noon-5:45)

The event schedule is here.  You are of course welcome to participate in the first 2 days (March 1 Faith and Peace Day & March 7 Law and Business Day), but need only to register for March 8-9.

There will be a number of background readings and resource links that will be available via the course Moodle site as well as a discussion forum and syllabus.  The Moodle site will be available by March 1.

The final work product will be a 5-8 page paper on a topic related to the health / public health implications of one of the areas discussed during the forum.

Enrollment notes:

  • PubH 8893-001 is listed at Onestop under the Class Schedule only (not via the Class Search menu).  Select Spring 2014 Public Health courses and scroll toward the end.
     
  • Permission Number: To enroll, please contact Kirk Allison for a permission number (alli0001@umn.edu, 612-626-6559).
     
  • Then click on the "Add Now" button and enter the permission number; enter 1 for the number of credits.
     
  • There will be a Moodle course site with background and resource readings and links related to conference which will be available by March 1.  


Program notes:

While the online schedule is adding breakout sessions, topics and speakers on the two days currently include:

3/8 - Science and Health Day

  • Laureate Address - Doctors without Borders (MSF) - Deanne Marchbein, MD, President

Breakout Sessions (2)

  • Crowdsourcing to Create Common Ground - Lucy Fortson, PhD (UMN Physics & Astronomy)
  • Infectious Diseases: No Respect for Borders - Michael Osterholm, PhD (Director, UMN Ctr. for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)
  • Nurses, International Relief & Development - Carolyn Garcia, PhD, MPH, RN, SANE-A (UMN), Linda Halcon, PhD, MPH, RN (UMN); Cheryl Robertson, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
  • She Doesn't Have to Die: Lifesaving Care for Women in Under-Resourced Regions (Jason Cone; Helen Bygrave, MD (HIV/AIDS); Séverine Caluwaerts, MD (Ob/Gyn) - all MSF)
  • Inverted Mirror (~ Chemical Weapons); Film maker Eric Vander Borght
  • Film: Access to the Danger Zone (aid delivery into conflict zones)
  • Crossing Boundaries to Create American Indian Health Equity - Donald K. Warne, MD, MPH (North Dakota State University)
  • Biology Without Borders: Transforming Ideas into Action - Anh Tran, MPhil (Co-Founder)
  • Infectious Diseases: No Respect for Borders - Michael Osterholm, PhD (Director, UMN Ctr. for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)
  • Involuntary Flight: The Migration of Millions - Peace Research Institute Oslo speaker
  • My 25 Years with the Nobel Prize - Geir Lundestad (Director, Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  • Nurses, International Relief & Development - Carolyn Garcia, PhD, MPH, RN, SANE-A (UMN), Linda Halcon, PhD, MPH, RN (UMN); Cheryl Robertson, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
  • Film: Access to the Danger Zone (aid delivery into conflict zones)
  • Crossing Boundaries to Create American Indian Health Equity - Donald K. Warne, MD, MPH (North Dakota State University)
  • Keynote Address: William Foege, MD (Emory University Emeritus Professor) - Epidemiological tools applied for peace and social healing


3/9 - Global Day

  • Dream Catcher: Crossing from Tragedy to Hope (~ mass violence)
  • Creating Common Ground in a New Land to Benefit the Home Land (Liberia and Liberian diaspora)
  • Involuntary Flight: The Migration of Millions - Peace Research Institute Oslo speaker
  • Nonviolent Resistance: Still Relevant? - Mary Elizabeth King (Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, UN University of Peace)
  • Science, Technological Change, and Chemical Disarmament - Jonathan Forman (Science Policy Adviser, Office of Strategy and Policy, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons)
  • The Nobel Peace Prize in a Norwegian and International Perspective - Ivar Libaek & Øivind Stenersen (University of Oslo, Research Fellows, Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  • When the Torch is Passed; Still Solving Global Problems - Michele Wucker (President, World Policy Institute) & Ms. Vaira Vike-Freiberga (President, Club de Madrid; Former President of Latvia, 1997-2006)
  • Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell (Liberia)
  • Social Stereotypes: The Human Mind and Cross-Cultural Interactions - Mads Nordmo (Norwegian School of Economics PhD Candidate)
     
  • Laureate Address - Laymah Gbowee (2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) - Founder, Liberia Reconciliation Initiative & co-founder Women Peace and Security Network Africa

 


 

PubH 6807 / 3807  Global Health, Relief, Development and Religious and Non-Religious NGOS

Wednesdays, 5:40-8:30 pm, 1/22-5/14
 (3 cr, #61835 / #68610, Enrollment via U of MN Onestop )

Instructor: Kirk C. Allison, PhD, MS

Open to all Academic Health Center, Graduate, and Professional students and advanced undergraduates (interested others may contact instructor). Undergraduate Public Health Minors select PubH 3807 (others may take 6807 with an additional paper).

This course critically explores

• Intersections of global health, relief, and development

• Emergence of humanitarianism 

• Humanitarianism and human rights

• Roles and relationships between (inter)governmental agencies and NGOs in humanitarian response, development & social welfare generation

• NGOs with diverse philosophical and religious groundings (Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Secularism, ...)

• Frameworks and models of operation including local and non-local actors.

• Intersections of culture, philosophic and confessional content, convergences, conflicts, and interagency relationships

• Response contexts: Disasters; conflicts; HIV/AIDS, TB & malaria

• Military, humanitarianism, and security

• Unintended consequences

Guest speakers illuminate specific contexts.
 
This course counts toward the PH Global Health Interdisciplinary Concentration, Masters of Development Practice, and Graduate Human Rights Minor Undergraduate Public Health Minor and the Biology, Society and the Environment Major.

For additional information contact instructor at alli0001@umn.edu or 612-626-6559.
  


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