From Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS)
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Warmest Greetings!


Welcome to our first mobile-friendly edition of Take a Look. We hope this message is a resource that keeps you informed about upcoming events, the latest publications, and the ongoing efforts of our global community. Thank you for all you do to bring dignity into the lives of people and the planet.

Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 
Cities at Risk - From Humiliation to Dignity

September 18th - 25th, 2016
Dubrovnik, Croatia, at the Inter-University Centre

Urban habitations have increasingly experienced threats and vulnerabilities to environmental disaster, in addition to unsustainable planning and development. City populations worldwide experience humiliation in a myriad of ways that include terrorism and warfare. This conference aims to create global partnerships for change and produce knowledge about the crucially important historical times we live in. Our challenge is to create a world in which people can enjoy a dignified life. 

We warmly invite you to join us for our 2016 HumanDHS Conference in Croatia. The conference will be arranged cooperatively at the Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik with the support of the World Dignity University initiative, in collaboration with the University of Dubrovnik, the University of Oslo, Norway, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, and Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. We want to express our special appreciation to Kjell Skyllstad, a longtime member of the HumanDHS Advisory Board, for his leadership in support of this conference. 

Important Information and Dates:
  • If you would like to join us, please submit your introductory information (e.g., contact information, CV, or papers) to:
  • If you wish to contribute with a paper to the Public Lectures on Thursday and Friday, please see the Call for Papers. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2016.
  • We do not charge registrations fees for our events. We share responsibility for this conference by dividing the expenses equally and inviting all participants to contribute according to their ability. The Inter-University Centre (IUC) Dubrovnik depends on a contribution of 40 Euro from each participant of the conference for the utility, operational, and technical costs.
  • Thank you for making your travel and accommodation plans soon. Please see the conference webpage for details.
  • Please complete your "Appreciative Introduction" (Word/PDF) and email to the address above, or bring it with you.

Celebrating Our 2015 Workshop on
Humiliation and Violent Conflict
Honoring Alfred Nobel's Message 
2015 Workshop Participants
We are still celebrating our 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. This workshop realized a climate of cooperation that enriched our ability to engage in deep dialogues on challenging and profoundly important topics of our time. 

In particular, our Public Event was both joyful and profoundly moving, with vocal music by Fred Ellis's students and instrumental music by Premik Russell Tubbs. Thanks to Claudia Cohen and Tony Gaskew for sharing their powerful messages. Evelin Lindner, who represented HumanDHS as a nominee for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, reminded us of Alfred Nobel's message of peace and dignity, as illustrated in this video about the first woman Nobel Prize winner, Bertha von Suttner.

Announcing Our 2016 Workshop: December 8th - 9th, 2016

All our events are part of an ongoing effort to nurture a global dignity community. Our workshop series follows a format of organic growth and is thus different from mainstream conferences. Rather than having an "audience" listening to "speakers," our aim is to create a community that builds ideas together through dignifying dialogue, or what we call Dignilogues. Please allow us to share this introductory handout to Digniloguing. 

If you wish to participate in our upcoming workshop, please kindly send your request along with introductory information to: workshops@humiliationstudies.

WDU Globe
Dignity Press Publications

Our newest publications:
Please see our entire collection of publications at:
Annual Dignity Conference
Dignity in Times of Globalization
August 16th - 19th, 2017 
Indore, India

We are thrilled to announce that our 2017 HumanDHS Conference will be convened in Indore, India! If you would like to join us, please submit your introductory information to:

Evelin Lindner, MD, PhDs, Founding President of HumanDHS, with
Linda Hartling, PhD, Director
2016 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination

We are thankful that our global dignity community -- represented by Founding President Evelin Lindner -- was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 and again in 2016. 

By cultivating mutually dignifying relationships, HumanDHS strives to reverse cycles of humiliation and manifest the spirit of Ubuntu: "We are human because of each other's humanity." Please read Evelin Lindner's reflections on this honor, recognizing your efforts and the efforts of our entire HumanDHS network.
Higher Education Opportunities in Dignity Studies
The World Dignity University Initiative in partnership with the Western Institute for Social Research (WISR) is offering adult learners the opportunity to pursue the multidisciplinary study of topics related to human dignity and social change.

For more information, we encourage you to visit:  
Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction
Online Course 

The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD) at the University of Massachusetts, in Boston, is dedicated to raising awareness and advancing the expertise necessary for long-term sustainable reconstruction. Please consider joining us for our online CRSCAD course Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction, designed for graduate students or professionals working throughout the world.

Vitamins for BioDignity
A Creative Gift and Poster to Share 

"DIGNITY plays a vital role: it is nourishing to the body and humbling to the soul. To me, all human beings have a dual role to play on Earth: DIGNIFIER and PEACEBUILDER. In such spirit, let's dignify interpersonal, intragroup, international relations, and build peace wherever and whenever conflict divide us."

-- Francisco Gomes de Matos, President of the Board, ABA Global Education, Recife, Brazil. Author of Dignity: A Multidimensional View.

Please download a PDF of this poster as a gift for you and to share.
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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, Director of Dignifunding