Conflicted Histories: Archiving Human Rights Activism

Human Rights Program
October 24, 2022 - 4:00 pm CDT
- 5:30 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Minnesota Human Rights Archive is a new and exciting initiative seeking to capture, preserve, and publicize Minnesota’s rich and complicated history of human rights activism and scholarship. This emerging archive contains unique collections of primary sources unavailable anywhere else. This wealth of material covers pioneering human rights scholarship and activism at the University of Minnesota; the work of local-to-global NGOs and campaigns with roots in Minnesota; social justice struggles within the state; and Minnesota’s persistent legacy of racial and economic inequality.

Much of this rich collection - including such diverse materials as personal papers, organizational records, artworks, and other audio-visual media - is already available for use in curriculum design, research, and community engagement.

We invite faculty, staff, students, and external partners to learn more about this dynamic resource, plans for its ongoing development, and how you can support these efforts.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Samuel Myers, Jr (UMN, Humphrey School / Wilkins Center)
  • Dr. Sheer Ganor (UMN, History)
  • Kris Kiesling (UMN Libraries - Archives and Special Collections)
  • Barbara Frey (emeritus director of the UMN Human Rights Program)
  • Yadira Guzman, Griffin Mckinney, and David Nelson (UMN student researchers / contributors to the Archive)


Cosponsored by Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations & Social Justice, University of Minnesota Libraries - Archives & Special Collections

Contact Info
Contact [email protected] for more information.