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Welcome to a fresh new look for "Take a Look," our sustainable way of sending you our warmest greetings from Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS). 

We hope our updated format allows you to quickly review the latest news from HumanDHS, as well as its projects: Dignity Press and the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative. Our new look features quick content links (shown above), concise summaries of events and activities, additional links to find out more, and links to recent WDU videos. It also highlights opportunities to connect and participate in upcoming events.

We hope you enjoy reading the news from HumanDHS. We are deeply grateful to you for your ongoing encouragement and your efforts to build a world that dignifies the lives of all people!
Conference23Celebrating the 23rd Annual Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand
In light of recent developments in Thailand, we feel extremely fortunate to have convened a remarkable annual conference -- "Returning Dignity" -- at the University of Chiang Mai, March 8th - 12th, 2014. We are in awe of all who joined us. Moreover, we are profoundly grateful to Chayan Vaddhanaphuti for being the local host of this important event and to Kjell Skyllstad for being its inspirer. 

There were many conference high points, including a visit to a rural village in Northern Thailand. Motivated by this experience, we created a Proclamation on Rural Resilience that we sent to the United Nations to emphasize that indigenous rights need to be part of their 2015 - 2030 policy goals. One of the great lessons we keep learning through our global collaborations is that indigenous rights are of central significance for all of humankind's survival!  
WDU Globe

Over the last two years, Dignity Press has published an exciting collection of books illustrating a great diversity in topics and styles, from authors contributing from all continents. We now have books printed in three languages. In addition to our English-language books, we have our first book in French and two books in German.

Please join us in thanking Director of Operations Uli Spalthoff and all others who donate enormous time and energy to Dignity Press! To read more...

Evelin Lindner
June 23, 2014 
You're Invited to Give Evelin a 60th Birthday Hug in Oslo
This year Evelin Lindner turns 60! She is looking back on 60 years of her "global pathfinding apprenticeship" and looks forward to the next 60 years to apply all she has learned! If you happen to be in Norway in June 2014, perhaps you would like to give Evelin a birthday hug at the summer solstice celebration at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History on Bygd�y in Oslo, Norway, on the afternoon of the 23rd of June! If you have any questions, Gerdelin Bodvin will be glad to advise you: [email protected]

June 2, 2014 
Dignity, Humiliation, and Terrorism: How to Think Globally
Evelin welcomes you to her upcoming luncheon talk, Dignity, Humiliation, and Terrorism: How to Think Globally, Monday, June 2nd, 11:00 - 12:30, at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (Cort Adelers gate 30, 0162 Oslo). Inga Bostad, Director of the Centre and distinguished member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board, will be introducing the talk. Thank you for noting the new time for this event.
December 4 - 5, 2014
Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City
We are looking forward to our upcoming annual workshop at Columbia University, with a new theme of "Work that Dignifies the Lives of All People." If you are new to this program, we encourage you to visit our workshop webpage to learn more about the format for this uniquely collaborative event.If you would like to participate, please kindly send your message along with your CV or other introductory information to: [email protected]
Fall 2014
Online Course:
Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction
This fall you are invited to join the online graduate and professional course offered by the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Learners in the course will work with the collaborative educational team of Evelin Lindner, Linda Hartling, Michael Britton, and Uli Spalthoff while earning graduate or professional education credits. To read more...
Emmanuel Ndahimana
June 5 - 8, 2015 - Kigali, Rwanda
25th Annual Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Conference
We are pleased to announce the dates of the 25th Annual Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Conference, which will be convened in the spirit of the United Nations' agenda of building "A Life of Dignity for All" in Kigali, Rwanda. We are deeply grateful to our Conference Convener Emmanuel Ndahimana, longtime member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board, for graciously hosting this important conference. If you would like to participate, please kindly send your message along with your CV or other introductory information to: [email protected]
September 2016
27th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 
"Cities at Risk - From Humiliation to Dignity" in Dubrovnik, Croatia
We warmly invite you to join us for our 2016 HumanDHS Conference in Croatia.
JHDHSComing Soon!
The Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 
We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of the Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (JHDHS), an electronic publication open to all interested readers and contributors. The journal, led by editors Linda Hartling and Jane Hilken, will feature articles on emerging research, theory, and action projects, including creative contributions, that advance global understanding of human dignity and the dynamics of humiliation. To read more as this project develops...
New Video Dignilogues
Our World Dignity University Initiative has collected over 200 videos for its library of ideas. These videos document a spectrum of what we call Dignilogues (dignity + dialogue). Dignilogues are conversational interviews offered by remarkable people who share our concern for the dignity of people and the planet. For the most part, these videos are presented in their original recorded form. Thank you for kindly adjusting your volume and other viewing options as needed. 
A Genocide Survivor's Story 
Evelin Lindner interviews Sinat, a genocide survivor, disabled war veteran, and land mine victim at the War Museum in Cambodia.
Indigenous Human Rights in Asia
 An overview of indigenous rights by Bernice Aquino, Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact
Chiang Mai University.

A Voice from Indigenous People
A dialogue with Joni Odochaw, a sage and former village headman from the Karen Village Ban Nong Thao, Northern Thailand. 

Turning the Tide in Rural Thailand
A conversation with Kjell Skyllstad, longtime
member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board and an honored convener of the 23rd Annual HumanDHS Conference, Chiang Mai University, Northern Thailand.

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Thank you for all you do to create a world of equal dignity for 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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A world without humiliation dignifies us all!

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