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Dignity Letter — March 2019
Warmest greetings to you!

Dear Friend,

Welcome to our Dignity Letter!

Thanks to you, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) is beginning its 16th year of global collaboration! We hope the n ews, events, and resources shared in this letter will encourage your work in the world!

  • You're Invited to Evelin Lindner's Talks in Norway
  • Welcome to Our 2019 Dignity Conference in the Brazilian Amazon!
  • Celebrating Our 2018 Workshop in New York
  • Announcing Our 2019 Workshop in New York
  • A New Book from Dignity Press: The Human Climate
  • Dignity Education Opportunities
  • Dignity Leadership Possibilities

Please note: Rather than sending numerous Dignity Letters throughout the year, HumanDHS will send longer letters. We warmly welcome your feedback about this approach.
You Are Invited to Evelin Lindner's Talks in Norway
You Are Welcome to Attend!
Evelin Lindner’s Upcoming Talks in Norway
A warm welcome to Norway in March 2019!

  • 21st March, 10.00 – 14.00: Post-Conflict, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation: The Case of Rwanda, closed lecture and seminar at the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo (please contact Evelin if you are interested).

  • 25th March, 11.30: foredrag om menneskeverd ved Kirkens Bymisjon, Engelsborg Ressurssenter, Helgesensgate 62, Oslo, Norway (please contact Evelin if you are interested).

  • 29th March, 13.00: From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity, lecture at the Red Cross Nordic United World College, 6968 Flekke, Norway, (please contact Evelin if you are interested).
We Hope You Can Join Us in Brazil in September!
33rd Annual Dignity Conference
Cultivating Good Living Amazon: Nurturing Solidarity with Mother Earth  
September 5th – 10th, 2019, in Marabá, state of Pará, in the Brazilian Amazonian region
You Are Invited to Join Us!

This very special Dignity Conference will begin on World Amazon Day (September 5th) and end in the Marabá City Council with a substantial televised action (in Portuguese-English) on the 10th of September. In between, we have our workshop and days of access to schools and universities to carry out a caravan of dialogues.

Good Living Amazon is an alternative paradigm project. It is seeded in the small Afro-Indigenous community of Cabelo Seco, the first settlement of Marabá City, between the threatened Itacaiúnas and Tocantins rivers, in Pará State. It is coordinated by the Transformance Institute, who will host our 2019 conference in the Community University of the Rivers. Please visit this interview for a background on their Rivers of Meeting project and the community ( ).

This conference is envisioned as a turning point in a global movement of defense for survival of indigenous and traditional populations, in synchrony with the annual Urban Research Plaza Forum in Bangkok, Thailand, in March 2019, and with the 45th International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) World Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, 11th – 17th July 2019, that Kjell Skyllstad is co-organizing in resonance with the UN International Year of Indigenous languages, followed by a special action symposium on the rights of indigenous peoples in cooperation with Chiang Mai University and the Earthrights Foundation.

Registration is free: If you wish to join us, we invite you to send us a message and introductory information to: . Thanks for including your contact information and any other details you would like to share with our community (e.g., CV, papers, articles, presentations).

We gratefully count on you to make your own transportation and accommodation arrangements.
Please Join Us in Thanking Our Local Hosts, Conveners, and Coordinators


On Amazonian Dignity: An ecolinguistic view
For the Marabá DIGNEVENT
By Francisco Gomes de Matos , Cofounder, ABA GLOBAL EDUCATION, Recife, Brazil
Author of DIGNITY: A Multidimensional View , Dignity Press, 2013
6th February 2019

Amazonian Dignity above us lies
Look at all the birds in its vast skies!

Amazonian Dignity below us is found
Listen! The fish make their own sound!

Amazonian Dignity its forests and all around
In its splendor, fauna, and flora abound

Amazonian Dignity its legends and traditions thrive
Through indigenous languages its history is alive

Amazonian Dignity is the core of local Nature's Rights
Illuminating Amazonians' villages and cities with dignifying environmental lights.

Celebrating Our
15th Annual Workshop on Transforming
Human Dignity and Violent Conflict
What Is the Language of Dignity?
December 2018 — Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
2018 Workshop Participants
We cannot thank you enough for bringing such passion and inspiration to our 15th Annual Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict December 6th - 7th, 2018, at Columbia University, Teachers College, in New York !

This year's participants filled the room with dignity, rekindling and creating lifelong connections! Together, we made great steps toward nurturing a global dignity family! Thank you!

Please enjoy our photos:
We have absolutely wonderful photos! Many hundreds! You will find great pictures of you! Thank you so much, Anna Strout and others, for taking such lovely pictures, which are presented in photo galleries on the workshop webpage ! Also, as a gift to all, please see the downloadable gallery of snapshots below!

Please enjoy our videos:
We are deeply thankful to Rambabu Talluri for video recording our sessions, which includes our "Messages to the World." Please see these on the workshop webpage .

Following the workshop, several friends wrote articles inspired by the collaboration, deep dialogue, and mutual learning generated by all who participated in this special event:

We are deeply grateful to Peter Coleman , Danielle Coon , and all of our friends at the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at Teachers College (TC) for making this event possible. We also had the pleasure of extending our warmest welcome to TC's new President Thomas R. Bailey , whose visionary leadership on educational equity is an inspiration to our community.

Thanks to everyone at TC and the MD-ICCCR, HumanDHS celebrated 15 years of groundbreaking global collaboration that began with this annual workshop!

Please Enjoy This Gallery of Photos from Our 2018 Workshop
(As a gift, click on the photos to download a PDF poster for you to print)
Announcing Our 2019 Workshop in New York
Please Save These Dates...
2019 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict

Can We Teach Dignity?
Becoming Lifelong Apprentices of Dignity
from Childhood Throughout All Generations

Teachers College, Columbia University,
New York, December 5 – 6, 2019
Can we teach the dignity we need to see in the world?

This workshop will be an invitation to all HumanDHS friends and members to explore how we can best deepen, grow, and practice the global message of dignity — now and far into the future. We will build on Lyndon Harris's concept of "becoming better ancestors" by devoting special attention to how all of us can develop apprenticeships in dignity that strengthen the lives of children, young people, and all generations.

New Dignity Press Book!
A New Book from Dignity Press!
The Human Climate:
 Facing the Divisions Inside Us and Between Us
By Carol Smaldino
I n her new book, The Human Climate, Carol Smaldino brings a developmental approach to her work as a psychotherapist. A Huffington Post contributor 2008 – 2017, her blogs explore the connections between emotions and social/political issues. 

This book helps the reader explore the human climate — the personal, social, and emotional context in which we live. The author suggests that in order to face the divisions inside us and between us, we need to come to better terms with our own emotions. Please read more...

We are extremely grateful to Uli Spalthoff for creating the Dignity Press platform for HumanDHS. To see more publications, please visit .
Dignity Education Opportunities!
The World Dignity University initiative (WDUi) and the Western Institute for Social Research (WISR) are continuing their partnership by seeking three or more people who would like to study together as a cohort group pursuing BS, MS, or EdD degrees. WISR is a degree-granting institution partnering with the WDUi, which enables members of the HumanDHS community to pursue the academic degrees in areas relating to dignity.

WISR’s mission is strongly compatible with the commitments and values of HumanDHS, the organizational home of the WDUi. WISR helps students build bridges toward their personal and professional goals through action projects, research, and writing that leads to a sustainable and just future for all.

For an example of the outstanding work of a WISR alumnus, please read Tom Athanasiou's recent article published in The Nation magazine this month: 1.5 to Stay Alive, Says a Landmark UN Climate Report . The author was the first person to receive a master's degree from WISR!
Dignity Leadership Possibilities for You!
Are you looking for opportunities to make significant contributions to building a better world? Please allow us to invite you to consider joining with us in our collaborative work for dignity!

All our dignity work is a labor of love. We are looking for visionary individuals who wish to make a substantial commitment, donating their full-time focus, expertise, and energy to help us increase dignity throughout the world. This type of leadership involves practicing sophisticated dignity skills to encourage and inspire the efforts of our global members who wish to contribute, but have limited time available.

In particular, we invite those who would like to take on leadership roles supporting large-scale dignity projects, such as the World Dignity University initiative . We are extremely thankful to Uli Spalthoff for creating a wonderful platform for us, from which we can continue to grow into the future! 

We warmly invite you to share your leadership skills by joining with us to build dignity in the world. Computer knowledge would be essential. Ideally, this might include knowledge of Joomla, the capability to program using Python, Django, databases, and html. A person who knows how to program in other computer languages could learn all of this within several weeks.
Thank you for all of your efforts to bring dignity into the lives of all people!

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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