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Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland
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Dr. Luttrell-Rowland is a comparative social policy expert, with a focus on poverty, gender, and inequality. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and the author of several works on children’s rights. Dr. Luttrell-Rowland is Director of the Alice Drum Women's Center and faculty member of Women's and Gender Studies at Franklin and Marshall College.

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Mobilizing Towards Reproductive Justice?

(4) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 2:55 PM

This week the Supreme Court blocked an emergency application to overturn a recent law that will close one-third of abortion clinics in Texas. This law is already affecting the lives of thousands of women by denying them access to safe terminations.

This was the same law that Senator Wendy...

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Guatemala and the Case for Education About Genocide

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 7:58 PM

In a startling twist of events, Guatemala's highest court overturned the recent ruling against former head of state, Efrain Rios Montt, on counts of genocide and crimes against humanity. When the guilty verdict was determined a couple weeks ago, joyful singing and dancing erupted outside the courthouse, and as war...

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Syria and Forced Migration: The World Stands Witness

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 1:05 PM

News this week from Syria contains images and reports of people shot and killed. Violence in a civil war continues. Thousands of families and individuals are fleeing the country in search of safety. President Obama posted a YouTube video this week noting the $155 US million to aid...

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Fujimori's So-Called Apology and the Stakes for Transitional Justice

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 1:30 PM

This week, Alberto Fujimori, the ex-president of Peru currently in prison for crimes against humanity, released a painting he made from jail to be circulated to the public. The image is a colorful self-portrait which shows him smiling and looking over his shoulder. Handwritten text on the side of

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Measurements of Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 4:01 PM

I recently delivered a keynote lecture titled "The History and Challenges of Global Human Rights" for a group of Massachusetts teachers. These were not teachers who teach human rights, per se, but who attended the workshop to become more knowledgeable. My task: to provide a sweeping overview of the history...

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Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day: Confronting Denialism

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 10:00 AM

During the Armenian genocide in 1915, an unknown number of young Armenians survived because they were adopted as daughters and sons of Muslim families. Many lived the rest of their lives with Turkish, Kurdish, or Arabic names and identities to escape the forced deportation and systematic murders of the Armenian...

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Why 'Kony 2012' Doesn't Do Enough To Create Effective Social Change

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 9:48 AM

The Kony 2012 campaign does not do enough to deliver effective social change.

How could it?

The film depends on a simplistic story line, which the filmmakers claim has been key to the video's success. Most of the young fans of the Kony 2012 video have no idea...

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Consumerism Trumps Education: The Kony 2012 Campaign

(15) Comments | Posted March 11, 2012 | 12:20 PM

The poster that the Kony 2012 campaign would like to plaster around the country, and has included in a $30 action kit, juxtaposes Joseph Kony, Osama Bin Laden, and Adolf Hitler. Linking the three figures aims to make parallels throughout history, and emphasize evil. As if they were exactly the...

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