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Faculty June 16, 2020
University of Dayton anthropologist awarded Asian studies fellowship

The International Institute for Asian Studies awarded University of Dayton anthropologist Simanti Dasgupta a fellowship for the 2020-21 academic year at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Dasgupta, associate professor of anthropology, plans to complete a book manuscript about the sex workers’ labor movement in Kolkata, India.

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Human Rights June 11, 2020
Lessons from a Grassroots Development Nonprofit
Rebecca Westphal, Malawi Graduate Fellow 2019-20, shares what she learned about sustainable community-based development through her time at Determined to Develop.
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Human Rights June 03, 2020
Looking Back to Move Forward
Reflecting on the events of this past spring, it’s easy to see parallels with the social concerns that occupied Americans fifty years ago. Dr. Paul Morrow outlines these parallels, bringing to light the racial divisions of the Vietnam era that are still felt today.
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Human Rights June 02, 2020
Stand Up for Human Rights: #BlackLivesMatter
The Human Rights Center joins the multitude of voices condemning the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black men and women, demanding accountability for these injustices and proposing actions to reform our current system.
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Human Rights June 01, 2020
Sequencing Capacity Building for Civil Society in Lebanon
Lebanon is currently facing one of the country’s worst economic crises in decades. Civilians around the country are taking a stand to hold the government accountable for years of mismanagement, corruption, and poor leadership. Civil society organizations struggle with capacity gaps which hinder them in properly addressing local issues, catering to the society’s needs, and providing the needed services. This article is part of the "Next Generation in Thought Leadership" series.
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Human Rights June 01, 2020
What We Learned from a Youth in Elections Project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
In January 2019, national elections took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after being postponed three times due to violence. Many citizens were suspicious of the electoral process and believed that there were miscalculations in the results. Such delays are not unprecedented. Since the DRC gained its independence from Belgium in 1960, the country has been politically unstable. This instability has negatively affected citizens’ ability to participate in free and fair elections. Those at a particular disadvantage include youth, specifically those under the age of 18, women, and people who live in militarized areas which do not have adequate government control or intervention. This article is part of the "Next Generation in Thought Leadership" series.
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Human Rights June 01, 2020
What's Missing in Youth Participation Programs for Afghan Civil Society?

Youth in Afghanistan have experienced  a range of  challenges in the post-conflict period, including limited access to education, high unemployment, and lack of political voice. As a result, youth have become a target of recruitment efforts by extremist groups. This vulnerability, combined with Afghanistan’s struggles for good governance and sustainable civil society, makes youth an important demographic to reach. This article is part of the "Next Generation in Thought Leadership" series.

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Human Rights June 01, 2020
Did FACT Zambia Reach its Goal of Fostering Accountability and Transparency?
Teaser. This article is part of the "Next Generation in Thought Leadership" series.
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Engineering June 01, 2020
How ETHOS Prepared Me for an International Career Working with Alternative Energy
Steve Osgood graduated from UD in May 2007 with a degree in chemical engineering and a minor in international business. While at UD he completed two international ETHOS immersions in Brazil and Bolivia. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife and dog and works for LanzaTech, which researches and licenses technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Human Rights May 30, 2020
Closing Civic Cyberspace: The Off-Switch and Other Modes of Internet Restriction

Even in resource poor environments, the internet and associated information technologies have become an indispensable resource for communication, mobilization, information gathering, and learning. These powerful tools are viewed by many governments as threats to their existence. Our challenge is to understand the tools of government internet censorship and devise effective points of pressure for governments who employ internet censorship as well as protections for civil society that operates in restrictive environments. This article is part of the "Next Generation in Thought Leadership" series.

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