Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies News: In Support of Our Friends in Norway!  


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In the aftermath of a terrible tragedy, we are joining hands in loving support of our dear friends and colleagues in Norway.  


Norway's tradition of "equality in dignity" is central to the work of HumanDHS and has recently inspired the collaborative development of the World Dignity University Initiative.


We hope our efforts as a global community will be a fitting tribute to the courage and leadership of the people in Norway who share our dedication to dignifying the lives of all people.   

Join us in Dunedin, New Zealand!

Kevin P. Clements
Kevin P. Clements


Please be warmly invited to the


17th Annual Conference of
Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

Enlarging the Boundaries of Compassion


August 29 - September 1, 2011

Hosted by the 

National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies 

at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand


If you wish to participate or learn more... 


Looking Forward to Our Annual Workshop in New York City!

HumanDHS Workshop
HumanDHS Workshop - New York 2010


Workshop on Transforming Humiliation 

and Violent Conflict   


December 2011

Columbia University

Teachers College, New York

For more information...  


Celebrating the Launch of the worlddignityuniversity
World Dignity University Initiative!


A very warm thanks to all of you who joined us on the 24th of June to celebrate the launch of the World Dignity University Initiative


Inga Bostad, Pro-Rector of the University of Oslo, welcomed everyone, inviting all to join together in realizing this vision of bringing equal dignity to education. Evelin Lindner, Founding President of HumanDHS, noted, "We are living in times when nothing short of global cooperation can successfully address the urgent problems developing in the world today." HumanDHS Director Linda Hartling emphasized, "We need everyone's participation to solve these problems. Dignifying education is the key to participation."

Erik Solheims
Erik Solheim


Via video, the Norwegian Minister of the Environment and Minister of Development Cooperation, Erik Solheim, welcomed the launch, recognizing that educating for dignity will help all of us learn that we must "Never humiliate anyone!" 

The World Dignity University will focus on the innovative use of technology to connect scholars and learners from around the globe.    


Federico Mayor Zaragoza
Federico Mayor Zaragoza

Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former Director-General of UNESCO, sees this global action as a way to build peace for future generations, stating, "It is very important that education permanently reflects, at the highest level...the equal dignity of all human beings."  


As the first Founding Scholar of the World Dignity University, Brazilian Peace Linguist Francisco Gomes de Matos declared, "Dignity is more than a quality. It is the essence of our



We are deeply thankful to the University of Oslo for hosting this global celebration. We particularly want to thank Lasse Moer for his technical assistance. He made it possible for us to connect via video conferencing.   


Through the collaborative efforts of all involved, the World Dignity University Initiative will become a beacon for people working for dignity around the world!


Click here to read more and learn how you can view the entire celebration. 


With gratitude and warm wishes to all,


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, Business Director 

Join Us in New Zealand! Expanding the Boundaries of Compassion
2011 Workshop in New York City!
The World Dignity University Initiative - A Celebration!
Video for New Initiative!


Quick Links
Video Interview for the World Dignity University Initiative
 Evelin Lindner with Ragnhild Nilsen
Evelin Lindner with
Ragnhild Nilsen

 A world without humiliation dignifies us all!