Shareen Hertel and Catherine Buerger, a former Ph.D. from UConn’s anthropology department, co-edited two special volumes of the Journal of Human Rights entitled “Rights at Stake and the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The two issues of the journal draw together scholarship on the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic at two critical junctures: six months in, and then almost two years later.
Dr. Hertel has also been busy directing the Economic & Social Rights program (ESRG) of the UConn Human Rights Institute, which hosted colloquia this fall on various topics including “Disability rights & urban development” (with Tina Kempin-Reuter of the University of Alabama); “Policy experimentation in the mining sector” (with Tricia Olsen of the University of Denver); and “Worker-led efforts to combat forced labor in supply chains” (with Genevieve LeBaron of Simon Fraser University).
Jeremy Pressman published an article entitled “Egypt, Israel, and the United States at the Autonomy Talks, 1979,” in Diplomacy & Statecraft (Vol. 33, No. 3 (2022), 543-565). In the article, he argues that Egypt, and to a lesser extent the United States, were advocating for significant Palestinian rights rather than simply supporting the Israeli line. At the same time, the U.S. diplomatic investment in the talks was at too low a level to help generate a breakthrough.
Beth Ginsberg’s Electoral Behavior class recently sponsored a Voter Education Day on the Stamford campus. Community groups and candidates for various local, state, and federal offices came to campus and spoke to the students, who helped to register over 30 new voters.
Dr. Ginsberg was also interviewed by the Connecticut Examiner and The Day about current electoral issues, including the impact of Latino voters and the Connecticut ballot initiative on early voting. Finally, she and UConn History Professor Joel Blatt presented a discussion to Stamford students on “What’s At Stake in the 2022 Midterm Elections.”