Strategies to combat Islamic extremism

PPPA faculty membkayaoglu_turan_photo_2013er Turan Kayaoglu recently penned an op-ed for the News Tribune about the role we all play in combating Islamic extremism.  In the article, he stresses the importance of fighting against hatred, dispelling evil with goodness, and ceasing the demonizing and stereotyping of Muslims that contributes to the extremist belief that Islamic and American ideals are incompatible.

“Sandwiched as they are between Muslim radicals and American Islamophobes, Muslims face trying times. But like American ideals, Islam teaches hope, not despair.

The packed audience of Muslims and non-Muslims in a Bellevue seminar organized by the Muslim nonprofit organization Pacifica Institute conference on Dec. 15 offered the hope I was looking for.”

Read the full article here

Unfinished Sentences: Seeking Justice in El Salvador





Please join us Wednesday, January 27th 2016 from 12:25pm-1:25pm in Carwein Auditorium for “Unfinished Sentences: Seeking Justice in El Salvador”

Unfinished Sentences will address the human rights situation in El Salvador today, in particular the attempt by human rights groups, supported by the University of Washington Center for Human Rights (UWCHR), to hold accountable perpetrators of atrocities committed by government and militia forces in the 1980s civil war. Following the CIA’s refusal to release information relevant to these cases, UWCHR sued the CIA under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to release the requested documents. The talk discusses the challenges facing the Center in this effort and the need for greater informational transparency versus government secrecy as well as the center’s recent conference “Access to Information as a Human Right.”

Angelina Snodgrass Godoy is a sociologist by training (MA and PhD, UC Berkeley; BA Harvard) whose research focuses on human rights in Latin America. She has previous worked for Amnesty International and other human rights organizations. At the University of Washington, Professor Godoy serves as Helen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights and founding Director of the Center for Human Rights. The UWCHR is an interdisciplinary center that promotes teaching, research, and engagement across the curriculum in all three UW campuses, and in partnership with local, national, and international organizations actively working for human rights. Professor Godoy is the author of two books published by Stanford University Press Popular Injustice: Violence, Community, and Law in Latin America (2006) and Of Medicines and Markets: Intellectual Property and Human Rights in the Free Trade Era (2013). She is also the proud recipient of the University of Washington’s 2014 Outstanding Public Service Award.

Emily Williard is a PhD student at the Jackson School of International Studies, focusing her research on women’s involvement in armed groups in Central America. She is a research assistant for the Unfinished Sentences project at the UW Center for Human Rights. Previously she worked as a research associate at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C. specializing in analyzing declassified documents and using the FOIA.


Sponsored by UWT Associates of the Center of Human Rights and the Division of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs.

Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunities for UWT Students Available in Canada

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional UW undergraduate students to spend one semester or a full academic year in Canada. The Killam Fellowships Program offers a fellowship award of $5,000 per semester (up to $10,000 for two semesters). Click to view website.

The Corbett Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional UW undergraduate students to spend a full academic year at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The Corbett Fellowships Program offers a fellowship award of $7,000 for two semesters (September through April). Click to view website.