World Dignity University Initiative — Developing News!
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Dear Friend,

We are excited about the newest developments in support of our ongoing project, the World Dignity University initiative (WDUi)!

This December we are dedicating our entire annual workshop to this innovative project and are co-sponsoring an online seminar this week! You are warmly invited!

We wish to bring together all who are interested in uniting our efforts to bring dignity to the heart of learning and scholarship.

As a gift to the WDUi's new director, David Yamada, and in honor of his commitment, we are co-sponsoring a seminar and organizing our annual workshop as a special event focused on affirming and strengthening the trailblazing ideals and aims that inspire this groundbreaking initiative.
Join Us Friday!
The Dignity of an Intellectual Life for All

Friday, October 21, 2022,
1:00 – 3:00 PM, Eastern Time

With a focus on Dr. Zena Hitz’s thought-provoking book, Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life, this program will examine the value of embracing the liberal arts and humanities for their own sake and consider how a rich intellectual life for everyone enhances human dignity. The program opens with a conversation featuring Dr. Hitz, followed by a responsive panel comprised of four distinguished educators, with opportunities for Q&A.

  • Featured Speaker: Zena Hitz, Tutor, St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD, and author, Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life (Princeton, NJ: Princeton U Press, 2020).

  • Moderator: David Yamada, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA.

  • Guest Panelists: Joseph Coulson, President, Harrison Middleton University; Hilda Demuth-Lutze, English teacher (ret.), Chesterton High School, Indiana and author of historical fiction; Amy Thomas Elder, Instructor, Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults, University of Chicago, Graham School; and Linda Hartling, Director, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies.

This program is free of charge, but requires an RSVP to Patricia McLaughlin at no later than Wednesday, October 19, using “Dignity Program” in the subject line. Registrants will be sent a link to access the event the day before the event.

Welcome! Intensive Workshop, December 9, 2022
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Welcome to Our Special One-Day Intensive

For People and the Planet:
Learning for a Future of Dignity!

Friday, December 9, 2022
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM (New York time)
Special Bonus Sessions, 4:00 – 4:45 PM

Virtual, Join Us Online!

— Your personal invitation to register will be sent in November! —
If you would like to reserve your space in advance,
please send a request to:
The WDU initiative was launched in 2011, inspired by a vision of creating a global role model of excellence in scholarship, dignifying dialogue, and intellectual cooperation that ensures the survival of humankind on this planet.

Director David Yamada is formulating exciting plans for the World Dignity University (WDU) initiative. The WDU is developing a new electronic platform, updating its website, and preparing plans to offer initial programming. At this workshop, we are looking forward to generating ongoing conversations to realize the vision of the WDUi.

In addition to opportunities to connect and engage in dialogue,
  • Peter Coleman will introduce his participatory action program on overcoming toxic polarization: The Way Out.
  • David Yamada will be facilitating a "Workshop within a Workshop" — "Old and New: Non-Degree Higher and Adult Education to Advance Human Dignity."
  • Uli Spathoff will offer a practical introduction to the WDUi electronic learning platform for educators who wish to get more involved, offering their knowledge as a gift.
  • Evelin Lindner and Linda Hartling will be framing this event through a dialogue on "Learning for a Dignified and Dignifying Future."
  • Michael Britton will close the workshop by sharing his reflections on "Rediscovering the Wonders of Learning through Dignity."

We wish to express our deepest appreciation to Peter Coleman, Danielle Coon, and the Morton Deutsch-International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. The MD-ICCCR has been our visionary institutional partner since our first workshop in 2003.
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Thanks to All of Our Sharegivers!
We are grateful to all who sustain HumanDHS with action gifts and economic support!

HumanDHS does not have a paid staff, administrative assistance, or IT services. We are an "extreme, lean, green, but not mean" community, essentially a "do-it-together-with-dignity" community. We do not charge registration fees for events, yet we appreciate thoughtful contributions (according to one's ability).

If you would like to contribute, we warmly welcome your kind support:
Thank You for All You Do for Dignity!
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
Jane Hilken, MA, Publication Advisor
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