Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies News: Recent Developments and Upcoming Events!   


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The Occupy Wall Street movement demonstrates the urgent need for people to work as a global community to create economic, social, and political systems that advance equal dignity. As a community, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) celebrates these signs of courageous collaborative action!Globe


We are pleased to share our latest HumanDHS news and warmly invite you to our upcoming workshop in New York!  

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Annual Workshop in New York City!

HumanDHS Workshop
HumanDHS Workshop 2010


Transforming Humiliation 

and Violent Conflict    


Columbia University
December 8-9, 2011


We are looking forward to welcoming many of you to this year's Workshop in New York! 


More than ever before, this workshop is being organized and led by a remarkable group of network members. We are particularly delighted to welcome Tonya Hammer as our conference coordinator! Evelin Lindner says, "Tonya's dedication, leadership, and compassionate way of working with others is an inspiration to all of us!"


In addition to stimulating roundtable discussions, this year's workshop will feature a special session on how to develop introductory videos for the World Dignity University Initiative. The Don Klein Memorial Lecture will be given by Michael Britton, who recently represented HumanDHS at the Rhodes Forum in Greece.


We are also pleased to announce that the 2011 HumanDHS Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to economic and political sociologist and activist S. Mike Miller, and in memory of legendary psychiatrist and social activist Jean Baker Miller


Everyone is invited to join us for our Public Event, Thursday, December 8th, 5:30-8:00 PM, in Columbia University's Grace Dodge Hall, Room 179. The closed part of the workshop takes place Thursday and Friday, December 8-9th, 2011, 10:00 am - 5:00 PM. If you would like to attend, please contact us at  


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17th Annual HumanDHS Conference
in Dunedin, New Zealand!

Dunedin Meeting
New Friends in Dunedin


Enlarging the Boundaries of Compassion


University of Otago

Dunedin, New Zealand

Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2011    


We will never forget our 17th Annual HumanDHS Conference in beautiful Dunedin, New Zealand!  


Dr. Huata Holmes, a representative of the local Maori Ngai Tahu Tribe, began the conference with an inspirational Mihi Whakatau welcome.


The program continued with thought-provoking discussions and presentations, including Dan Baron sharing his arts-based pedagogical work in the Amazonian North of Brazil, Carmen Hetarak and Michelle Brenner modeling an appreciative approach to understanding the history and experience of the indigenous Maori people, and Linda Hartling describing the impact of humiliation on creativity. In addition, participants led discussions on education, activism, and other approaches that advance human dignity, conflict resolution, and peace.  


Prior to the conference, HumanDHS Founding President Evelin Lindner was a special guest on Sunday Morning, a popular show on Radio New Zealand that was broadcast throughout the country. 


We are particularly grateful to Brian Ward, Uli Spalthoff, and Kevin Clements, the director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, for their efforts on behalf the network. We were delighted to honor each of them with a 2011 HumanDHS Beacon of Dignity Award.


More than anything else, this conference reminded us how important it is to keep enlarging our boundaries of compassion at home and around the world!   


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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  

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Peace Poetry
Video for the World Dignity University Initiative!


Dignity and Peace
for the World

Dignity and Peace
  • can make the world right 
  • can give the world light
  • can make the world bright
  • can help us to see a deeper sight
  • can inspire Humankind as a universal might

Reflections by 
Francisco Gomes de Matos
Peace Linguist-Educator
from Recife, Brazil, and   

Founding Member of the
World Dignity University 


Gomes de Matos   


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and poetry...



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 Evelin Lindner with Ragnhild Nilsen
Evelin Lindner with
 Ragnhild Nilsen
Founding Member of the
World Dignity University

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