Dignity Letter — November 2022
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Dear Friend,

We are excited about the development of our World Dignity University initiative (WDUi)!

This December we are dedicating our entire annual workshop to this innovative project. At this one-day intensive event, we wish to bring together members of our community who would like to join us in developing this groundbreaking project.

In this edition of our Dignity Letter, please also enjoy the latest news from the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) community.

  • Welcome to Our One-Day Workshop Dedicated to the World Dignity University Initiative (Dec. 9, 2022)
  • Celebrating the 37th Annual Dignity Conference in Amman, Jordan
  • Good News from Our DigniCommunity
  • Dignity Press Publications
  • Thanks to All of Our Sharegivers!

Please note: Rather than sending numerous Dignity Letters throughout the year, HumanDHS sends fewer, longer letters. We warmly welcome your feedback about this approach.
Welcome to Our One-Day Workshop!
Friday, December 9, 2022
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM (New York City time)
Doors open at 10:45 AM
Registration closes Monday, December 5, 2022

At this year's HumanDHS workshop, we are eager to explore plans for the World Dignity University initiative (WDUi).

The WDUi aims to become a global role model of excellence in scholarship, dignifying dialogue, and intellectual cooperation across disciplines, institutions, communities, and national boundaries, while striving to put dignity at the heart of learning! We look forward to cultivating ongoing conversations and ideas for action to realize the vision of the WDUi.
In addition to lively conversation and collaboration, highlights of this workshop will include:

  • David Yamada, HumanDHS Board Director and Director of the WDUi, will be facilitating a Workshop Within a Workshop — Non-Degree Higher and Adult Education to Advance Human Dignity.

  • Uli Spathoff, Director of Operations, will offer a practical introduction to the new WDUi electronic learning platform required for educators who wish to get more actively involved.

  • Evelin Lindner, HumanDHS Founding President, and Linda Hartling, Director, will be framing this event through a dialogue on Learning for a Dignified and Dignifying Future.

  • Michael Britton, HumanDHS Board Director, will be sharing his inspirational reflections on Rediscovering the Wonders of Learning through Dignity!
We wish to express our deepest appreciation to Peter Coleman, Danielle Coon, and the Morton Deutsch-International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. The MD-ICCCR has been our visionary institutional partner since our first workshop in 2003.
Workshop Registration:

In this workshop we are using a new registration system through Eventbrite.

Eventbrite is free as long as our events are free of charge. It uses the term "Ticket" for reserving a space for participants (we would have preferred a different term to replace the word ticket).

Thank you for your patience and support as we try out this new registration system!

Please click on the "Tickets" button to submit your Workshop Registration & Appreciative Introduction.

Welcome to the Workshop!
Fri, Dec 9, 2022 11:00 AM EST
2022 Annual HumanDHS Workshop: The World Dignity University Initiative
To follow the latest developments, please kindly visit our workshop website.
Celebrating Our Global Dignity Conference in Jordan!
From United Nations
to United People:
From the Brink of Disaster
to a Future of Dignity
September 5 – 7, 2022
We were honored to convene our 2022 Global Dignity Conference in Amman, Jordan!

It was hosted by The Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS), which is under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan. His leadership is an inspiration to all of us and the world!

This conference was part of our ongoing global community-building efforts bringing together educators, scholars, activists, artists, and others — from all backgrounds and all walks of life — to engage in mutually dignifying dialogue on the crucial topics of our time.
We are especially thankful to RIIFS Director Renée Hattar, Sandy Qaqish, and our other friends in Amman for their leadership and kind care that made this program possible!
The time has come for a redefining of the conduct of our relations — of our relations with one another ... and all of our relations on our planet, Earth.

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Thanks to all who joined us,
in person and online!
Dignifying Dialogues

The highlight of the conference was the inspiring keynote talk by His Royal Highness, which was followed by Dignilogue Sessions on topics of local and global concern:

  • The Interconnectivity of Crises: Learning through the Lens of the Three Ecologies — Intellectual, Social, and Environmental
  • Strengthening a Relational Language of Dignity for a Future of Global Solidarity
  • Transforming Systems of Humiliation into Systems of Mutual Dignity
  • How Can Civil Society and Inter-Religious Dialogue Foster a New Era of Mutual Dignity?
  • Designing Our Lives for Dignity: The Role of Beauty, Music, Movement, Poetry, Spirituality, Nature, and Art
Please visit the 2022 Global Dignity Conference webpage to learn more!
Good News From Our DigniCommunity!
Lost in Thought
The Dignity of an Intellectual Life for All!
A Dialogue with Zena Hitz
Facilitated by David Yamada
With a focus on Dr. Zena Hitz’s book, Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life (2020), this program examined how a rich intellectual life enhances human dignity. David Yamada facilitated a conversation with the author, followed by a dialogue with Joe Coulson, Hilda Demuth-Lutze, Linda Hartling, and Amy Thomas Elder (Oct. 21, 2022). Please read more...
The 2022 International Institute for
Peace Education
Shared by Janet Gerson
HumanDHS Board Director Janet Gerson shared this wonderful "video memory" recorded in Mexico City at the 2022 International Institute for Peace Education (IIPE). Fifty educators, academics, and activists from 15 countries joined together to strengthen peace education based on diversity, solidarity, and cooperation.
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European Union Climate
Pact Ambassador
Georg-Wilhelm Geckler
Congratulations to Georg-Wilhelm Geckler who became a European Union Climate Pact Ambassador. Georg is a founding member of the DignityNowHameln group that meets regularly in Hameln, Germany.
Humiliation Conference
De l’humiliation à la dignité : pour un avenir de solidarité mondiale
Founding President Evelin Lindner
En s’appuyant sur plusieurs décennies de recherches, sur son expérience de psychologue clinicienne et sur les leçons de l’histoire, Evelin Lindner illustrera les différences entre humiliation d’honneur et humiliation de dignité. Elle montrera pourquoi la dignité est un concept spécifique qui ne peut se résumer ni à l’autonomie, ni au respect, ni à la fierté.
A Gift
for You!
From Francisco
Gomes de Matos
Please download and share this wonderful poster on The Linguistic Rights of the Elderly by peace linguist Francisco Gomes de Matos, a co-founder of the World Dignity University initiative anď co-founder of ABA Global Education in Recife, Brazil.
Congratulations to Steven Moffic!
Please join us in congratulating H. Steven Moffic on his unprecedented 200th weekday daily column and two-year anniversary on Psychiatric Views on the Daily News for the largest circulating psychiatric publication, Psychiatric Times. He is also celebrating his two-year anniversary of his weekly video on Psychiatry & Society, also for Psychiatric Times. In addition, he was a presenter and discussant on hate and harmony at the annual meeting of the American and Canadian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Associations in Toronto, Canada.
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Dr. Ani Kalayjian, President, Meaningful World, and psychologist Marietta Khurshudyan discuss: Anger Management: In Armenia Nurturing Emotional Intelligence. Thank you for sharing this dialogue.
We love sharing news that grows out of the global efforts of our HumanDHS community! 

If you would like to share your dignity news — positive progress, courageous action, promising practices, and alike — we warmly invite you to send it to our attention:
New Dignity Press Publications
Dignity Press books explore the dynamics of human dignity and humiliation from diverse standpoints and global perspectives. Contributing authors are from all over the world. In addition to the books below, we invite you to visit for a complete list of publications.
Now Available in Print and Digital!
Economic Theory and Community Development: Why Putting Community First Is Essential to Our Survival
Congratulations to Howard Richards, with assistance from Gavin Andersson, on his new book that is now globally available in print and digital form!

HumanDHS Board Director Michael Britton celebrates the publication of this book, stating: "The book not only walks us through economics, it is a walk up the mount to transformative vision, transformative for readers and for the world as it is." Please read more. This book can be ordered through Dignity Press here.
Coming Soon!
From Humiliation to Dignity:
For a Future of Global Solidarity
Even as we watch cascading crises unfold around the world, our shared hope is for an exponential change of heart so that global unity — rooted in respect for diversity — becomes possible.

Evelin Lindner's soon to be released book asks the question: How must we, humankind, arrange our affairs on this planet so that dignified life will be possible in the long term? We invite you to read a downloadable preview of this book. Please also visit the Dignity Press website for its upcoming release.
Dignifunding: Thanks to All of Our Sharegivers!
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We are grateful to all who sustain HumanDHS with action gifts and economic support!

HumanDHS does not have a paid staff, administrative assistance, or IT services. We are an "extreme, lean, green, but not mean" community, essentially a "do-it-together-with-dignity" community. We do not charge registration fees for events, yet we appreciate thoughtful contributions (according to one's ability).

If you would like to contribute, we warmly welcome your kind support:
Wishing You a World of Dignity!
Evelin Lindner, MD, PhDs, Founding President
Linda Hartling, PhD, Director
Uli Spalthoff, PhD, Director of Project Development and Systems Administration 
Michael Britton, EdD, PhD, Board Member 
Richard Slaven, PhD, Director of Dignifunding
Jane Hilken, MA, Publication Advisor
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