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Visiting Scholar-Practitioner

The Center hosts visiting human rights researchers and advocates from around the world.  These visitors bring us new and challenging perspectives on human rights and advocacy. The program gives them the time and resources to reflect on their work, write, teach and speak. The Center's Endowment to Support Education in Nonviolence enables visiting scholars and practitioners to engage the University community in the theory and practice of nonviolence.

The program enlivens our own human rights research and educational community, and it creates the possibility for sustained partnerships with our visitors’ academic institutions and human rights organizations.


Wendo Aszed
Wendo Aszed leads Dandelion Africa, a grassroots innovator in Kenya that focuses on women and girls' sexual and reproductive health, economic empowerment, and advocacy on gender-based violence. Wendo is an African Visionary Fellow, a writer, and an Aspen New Voices Fellow 2019, she is an awardee of the Presidential Award 2022 for Women Leadership and Decision Making, and Change Champion award by Population Matters 2021, The National Diversity and Inclusion Awards & Recognition 2019 in Kenya and Rising Star awardee 2017 by Segal Family Foundation. She is one of the 2022 Bill Gates’ Heroes in the Field. Wendo leads an all-Kenyan staff and a network of more than 200 volunteers, providing comprehensive health, economic, and educational services across a large swath of rural Kenya.
This former bank worker is helping Kenyan women and girls flourish
Leora Kahn

Leora is the founder and executive director of PROOF: Media for Social Justice and has been associated with the Center since 2013, when she was invited to speak at the first Social Practice of Human Rights Conference. Since then, Leora has been coordinator and producer with the Moral Courage Project. 

Moral Courage Project
Spring 2020

Christina Garcia

Christina is the director of Crime Victims Program at Las Americas providing legal representation to immigrant victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking and other crimes.

Gun Violence Forum
Spring 2020

Barbara A. Frey

Barbara is the director of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Program and a former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights violations committed with small arms and light weapons.

Gun Violence Forum
Spring 2019

Craig Hovey

Craig is the executive director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence. His scholarship intersects with political, philosophical theology and ethics.

2019 Romero Symposium
Spring 2018

Steve Connell

Steve’s performances have been seen on stage, film and TV. During his residence, he devised UNFINISHED, a show speaking to the importance and beauty of a human voice raised.

Spring 2016

Srdja Popovic

Srdja Popovic is the co-founder of CANVAS an organization that advocates for the use of nonviolent resistance to promote human rights and democracy.

Fall 2014

Fateh Azzam

Fateh Azzam is the founder of the Asfari Institute at the American University of Beirut and former MENA representative at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.


A show speaking to the importance and beauty of a human voice raised, be it in song, celebration, or protest.


A show speaking to the importance and beauty of a human voice raised, be it in song, celebration, or protest.


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