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Mon-Thurs 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.–noon

Workshop on Compassionate Listening& Human Rights Across Cultures

I Want to Understand You:

Listening to Others About Human Rights Issues


May 18, 2013

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 


Shoreline Community College, Rm. 9208 PUB

Lunch & refreshments provided.

Spectators: Free and open to the public


Participantsapply to participate.


More information:

Larry Fuell, 206-533-6750 or 

Sarah Zale, 206-546-4655.

Eleanor Roosevelt

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home...where every man, woman, & child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little the larger world."  


Eleanor Roosevelt, UN, March 27, 1958



  • Keynote Address: Bearing the Bruise: Compassionate Listening and Human Rights
  • Panel discussion on the meaning of "Human Rights" across cultures
  • A demonstration of compassionate listening and interactive theater
  • Audience skits that illustrate the complexity of Human Rights


  • To enhance understanding of human rights from an inter-cultural perspective
  • To demonstrate compassionate listening and interactive theater skills for resolving human rights and other complex international issues


Keynote Speaker:

Ethan Casey

Ethan Casey,
Freelance Journalist and Writer



The Panel:

(Speaker bios)

Shereen Akhtar


Ms. Shereen Akhtar

Director of Training, Pakistan Audit Department

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Placide Ntwali Nsengiyumva


Mr. Placide Ntwali Nsengiyumva

Data Systems Manager, FHI 360 (Formerly Family Health International)

Republic of Rwanda

Jean Jacques Robens


Mr. Robens Jean-Jacque

Administrator, Delegation Departementale du Nord

Republic of Haiti

Brjesh Sharma


Mr. Brijesh Sharma

Senior Engineer, Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited (Nepal Telecom)

Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Chamila Dilini Patabendige Wijeweera

Ms. Chamila Dilini Patabendige Wijeweera

Research Fellow & Knowledge Management Specialist, LIRNEasia

(Learning Initiatives in Regulation for Networked Economies)

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka


Sponsored by:

International Education/Global Affairs Center &

The Listening Tree Project

Funding from the U.S. Institute of Peace   U.S. Institute for Peace logo