Dignity Letter — September 2020
Sending you courage in connection!

Dear Friend,

Everything has changed ... and keeps on changing!

In the midst of these turbulent and troubling times, we hope this edition of the Dignity Letter reminds you that the HumanDHS community stands with you in efforts to generate greater health, safety, and dignity for all people and the planet.

  • Welcome to Our Annual Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict
  • Ideas for Inspiration and Action
  • Please Save These Dates: New Plans for Upcoming Conferences
  • Dignity Press Publications — New and Upcoming Books
  • More Ways to Connect: #Digniworld
  • Dignity Studies: Advanced Degree Program with WISR and HumanDHS
  • Dignifunding: Thanks to All Sharegivers!

Please note: Rather than sending numerous Dignity Letters throughout the year, HumanDHS sends fewer longer letters. We warmly welcome your feedback about this approach.
Welcome to Our Annual HumanDHS Workshop Online
Please Join Us on Zoom...

The 17th Annual Workshop on
Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict

"From a Virus Pandemic to a Pandemic of Dignity:
How Can We Escape Complicity with Institutionalized Humiliation?"

New Schedule!
Thursday – Saturday, December 10 – 12, 2020, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM (New York time)
Welcome to Our First Zoom Workshop!

This is our very warm welcome to — and reminder of — our upcoming Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, hosted in partnership with the Morton Deutsch-International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City.

Thanks to a wonderful team of HumanDHS collaborators and careholders, we are diligently reformatting our annual workshop for "DigniZooming." This opens up many exciting possibilities, including welcoming many returning and many new friends from around the world!

Our theme this year is "From a Virus Pandemic to a Pandemic of Dignity: How Can We Escape Complicity with Institutionalized Humiliation?" Our dialogues will focus on examining timely topics, including social justice and policing, dignity education, dignity and spiritual diversity, and ongoing collaborations. Please see our meeting agenda as it evolves on our workshop webpage.

We are hosting the workshop on the Zoom platform over three short days, Thursday – Saturday, December 10 – 12th, from 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM (New York time). We hope this will make it convenient for local and global friends to join us.
Many Ways to Participate

Supporters: Everyone is warmly welcome to be a supporter throughout the workshop by sharing your presence and active listening. This is the most important way to participate. Your presence is a present to all of us!

Careholders: We welcome all who would like to be part of our Careholder Team to help with logistics, including welcoming participants, overseeing our electronic bulletin boards, photography, gathering participant information, overseeing chat messages, and more. We warmly welcome returning and new friends to help with these vital leadership roles that make this workshop possible.

Pre-Planned Dignilogue Host, Co-Host, and Contributors: Again this year, we are inviting Pre-Planned Dignilogues that will act as portals to thoughtful conversations about urgent topics of interest. Dignilogue Hosts will organize their Dignilogue Session in advance, meeting with their contributors prior to the workshop. Also, because we never have enough time to say all that needs to be said, we are inviting all groups to continue their conversations by coming together after the workshop, which may lead to ongoing dignlogue conversations.

Hosted Connection and Reflection Groups: We welcome everyone to participate in small groups throughout the workshop to help deepen the dialogue in response to the Dignilogue topics.
Moments of Music, Movement, Poetry, and Other Forms of Creativity: Every year we look forward to having special music, movement, poetry, and other forms of creativity. If you would like to share your talent, we would love to hear from you. We encourage pre-recorded music, readings, or activities (2 – 3 minutes) that we can share with everyone.

Special Invitation!

Afternoon Co-Creativity Bonus Sessions: If you have your own Zoom account and would like to organize and lead an afternoon "Co-Creativity Group," we warmly welcome your proposal. These groups will convene immediately following the workshop days on Thursday and Friday at 3:45 – 4:30 PM (New York time). Please send us your proposal for a shared activity or a hosted conversation. We look forward to including your creative ideas.
Registration: There is no registration fee; if you wish to participate, please email your inquiry, name, contact information, and brief introduction to: workshops@humiliationstudies.org. You will be sent an electronic registration form prior to the workshop. Space is limited so we encourage you to register by October 15th, 2020.
Please see the program evolve on our workshop website.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Ideas for Inspiration and Action!
Humiliation to Dignity:
A Future of Global Solidarity
with Evelin Lindner
HumanDHS Founding President Evelin Lindner was invited to share her global efforts with more than 2,000 students at an E-Conclave hosted by one of the leading schools in India, the Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar in Indore. The mission of the school is "creating an environment and culture of selfless love conducive to the emergence of universal human values" (presented live on YouTube, July 12th, 2020).

Radical Protestant in the mask represents the protesters against the authorities among the burning of the capital of the European quarter. Burning rubber tires wheel of fire smoke soot street fighting
Op-Ed: Humiliation and Conflict
By Mustafa Kirişçi and Ibrahim Kocaman
Political Violence, an award-winning online magazine that focuses on improving policies and practices to reduce conflict and build lasting peace, recently published an op-ed, "Humiliation is the Key to Understanding Widespread Rebellion," by Mustafa Kirişçi and Ibrahim Kocaman. The article examines how humiliation triggers large-scale rebellion.

Music for Healing and Dignity
We are grateful to Jingyi Dong for sharing her healing music channel: “Dragvoll Music.” It is a curated collection of music to restore and replenish all who work for dignity in the world (3-hour tracks).

Jingyi received her Ph.D. degree in 2015 from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.

Janet Gerson
International Dialogues on Gandhi,
Peace, and Nonviolence
Janet Gerson is Building Relational Bridges
Congratulations to HumanDHS Board Director Janet Gerson for her recent international e-dialogues:
  • "Gandhi's Influence in U.S. Nonviolence Movements: From Protest to Rethinking Democracy," hosted by Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Dist. Garhwal, India, July 23, 2020.
  • "Building a Just and Peaceful Future," the 4th International E-Dialogue hosted by the International Center of Gandhian Studies and Peace Research, New Delhi, India, August 13, 2020.
Kim Stafford
(photo by Brook Herbert)
Poems for the Pandemic
By Kim Stafford
Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford shared seven works inspired by the coronavirus crisis, which were published in the Oregonian newspaper (Portland, Oregon, March 2020). Brooke Herbert and Beth Nakamura created photographs and audio recordings to accompany these compelling poems.

Evelin Lindner
In the News:
Evelin Lindner and the Work of HumanDHS
COVID-19 Deepening Income Inequality, Depression Psychologist Evelin Lindner

Noble Prize Nominee Evelin G. Lindner Graces the First Edition of E-Conclave "SRIJAN"

Dignity Now — Forum Contribution to "After the Pandemic: Which Future? 
New Article:
Critiques on the Tribunal and The Hague Court
Congratulations to Bishnu Pathak whose "Critiques on the Tribunals and The Hague Court" was published by Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, Volume 7, No. 7, on July 26, 2020, in London. This article was also published as a Featured Research Paper by one of the world’s largest networks, TRANSCEND Media Service (July 27, 2020).

HumanDHS Dignity Dialogues on Line!
Conversations About Current Issues via WhatsApp
The present coronavirus pandemic appears to be intimately connected to human activity, robbing wild animals of their habitat, and bringing them into overly close contact with humans, a problem that indigenous peoples have been aware of for a long time.

The HumanDHS WhatsApp group is a space for sharing vital ideas to help move humanity toward healthier relations with people and the planet. If you would like to join in the conversation, please send us a message: humanDHS@humiliationstudies.org
Do You Have Dignity News?
We love sharing news that grows out of the global efforts of our HumanDHS community!

If you would like to share your dignity news, including "good news," "positive progress," or "promising practices," you are warmly invited to send it to our attention: humandhs@humiliationstudies.org.

Please Save These Dates!
Please Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic,
we have rescheduled this conference to 2021.

Welcome to Our 36th Annual
Dignity Conference
"Global Vulnerabilities – From Humiliation to Dignity and Solidarity"
September 21 – 24th, 2021, in Madrid, Spain
Welcome to our 36th Annual Dignity Conference in Madrid, Spain, titled "Global Vulnerabilities – From Humiliation to Dignity and Solidarity."

We thank Saulo Fernández and José Francisco Morales Domínguez for inviting us! If you would like to participate, please send us a message and follow the program as it evolves on our conference webpage.
Future Dignity Conferences in Early Development
Join Us in 2022 for This Conference!
38th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
in Amman, Jordan

We hope that the coronavirus pandemic will be behind us by then and we can meet face-to-face!
For the latest information about this gathering, please visit our conference webpage.
Join Us in 2023 for this Conference!
40th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
in Lahore, Pakistan

For the latest information about this gathering, please visit our conference webpage.
Publications from Dignity Press
Women and the Nobel Peace Prize
by Ingunn Norderval — Coming Soon!
Nobel Peace Prize nominees include some surprising but well-known names, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Maria Montessori, Eva Peron, and Helen Keller. Yet, relatively few women were awarded the Prize.

Ingunn Norderval's groundbreaking research examines the story of the women who were nominated from 1901 to 1960. Her book honors their heroic efforts and offers inspiration for all who work for peace in the world today.

Please visit Dignity Press for additional details when they become available.
(Thanks to Lisbeth Vilkan Glad who created the graphic image for this new book.)
From Humiliation to Dignity
Evelin Lindner's New Book on
Building Global Solidarity — Also Coming Soon!
Evelin Lindner is in the final stages of creating her new book, From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity, with a foreword by Howard Richards, to be published by Dignity Press this year.

A digital version of this publication, with full endnotes, will soon be downloadable from Evelin Lindner's webpage for the book.
Human Dignity: Practices, Discourses, and Transformations
Essays on Dignity Studies
in Honor of Evelin Lindner
Dignity and humiliation are at the root of countless urgent issues today. This book is a multifaceted discussion of dignity from social, cultural, religious, legal, educational, psychological, and political perspectives. It is written as a tribute to Dr. Evelin Lindner, HumanDHS Founding President and global scholar nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2017. 

Please visit Dignity Press for details.
Many New Ways to Connect!

We are profoundly thankful to Michael Boyer for creating the following new ways to connect to HumanDHS friends, collaborators, projects, topics of interest, and community gatherings via several popular cyber platforms! We warmly invite you to visit the links below and let us know what you think: humandhs@humiliationstudies.org

Dignity Studies — Online Learning Opportunities!
Disastershock: How to Cope with the Emotional Stress of a Major Disaster
Invitation to Help
This book is intended to help families and communities cope with disaster-related stress, such as that caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been distributed worldwide for over 30 years and has been recently updated.

Disastershock is a free book, and Brian Gerrard, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer for WISR, welcomes your help distributing it in support of all who are suffering from disasters around the world today.

DigniFunding: Always a Labor of Love
Courage Grows through Connection!
Thank you for joining us in our efforts to support the dignity of all people and the planet!

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
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