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We have removed the draft form.  This is the final version, and has gone to print.  Paper copies will be included in the registration packets.

FINAL UMRHC 2011 Program Guide


Banquet Keynote Information

Our opening banquet for the UMRHC is Thursday, March 31st at 6pm in the Memorial Union at UND.

Here is information on our banquet speaker: Marilou McPhredron.

The University of Winnipeg Global College
515 Portage Avenue,
Winnipeg MB Canada R3B 2E9

MARILOU MCPHEDRAN is an international human rights
lawyer, who was appointed Principal (dean) of Global College in 2008, having resigned as the Chief Commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission to return to her alma mater, The University of Winnipeg. Born and raised in rural Manitoba, Dr. McPhedran was
made a Member of the Order of Canada (Canada’s highest civic honour) in 1985, in recognition of her co-leadership in the successful campaign for “made-in-Canada” ERA (Equal Rights Amendments) in the Canadian constitution. She co-founded several internationally recognized non-profit systemic change organizations, such as LEAF – the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, which has conducted constitutional equality test cases and interventions for 25 years. She is a pioneer in research and advocacy to promote human rights through systemic reform – in law, medicine and education. As chief executive officer of a Canadian center of excellence, she directed staff and programs including a cyber research network; she has chaired two public inquiries into the sexual abuse of patients; and she has coinvestigated and co-authored a number of research projects on systemic reform and human rights, including: the ten country pilot study to assess impact of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all
forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). As the Principal of Global College, she has launched a campaign to build the Global College Dialogue Space – a round classroom open to students and communities. She coordinates the University of Winnipeg contributions to the new joint Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with University of Manitoba, directs the Institute for International Women’s Rights and the Global Citizenship Program with university and high school affiliates – including exchanges and team teaching with South Dakota State University and the Adventures in Global Citizenship Summer Institute with Rotary International and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Dr. McPhedran is active in the UN-based Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, is an Advisory Council member of the Antigone Foundation for young women’s leadership and is the Vice-President of the Canadian International Council – Winnipeg.

Jamaica Kincaid

We will be sharing Ms. Kincaid with the UND Writers Conference.  She is scheduled to speak at 8pm on April 1st, 2011.

Maxine Hong Kingston is also scheduled to speak on March 31st.


2011 UMRHC Proposal Submission Form

Registration Form

2011 UMRHC Registration Form



Greater Grand Forks is home to approximately 2,000 hotel rooms, with more on the way, all of which are operated by friendly staff waiting to greet you with a smile and a clean affordable room.  Room rates in Greater Grand Forks continue to be among the lowest in the state, and all of the properties renovate often to keep up with the new properties that continue to expand to our community.

The following pages contain a list of properties that have committed rooms and rates to the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­2011 Upper Midwest Honors Conference (for Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday evening).  Please mention “Honors Conference” to ensure you are given the quoted price.


Country Inn & Suites

3101 S 42nd St,

Grand Forks ND 58201






20 rooms

(with 2 Queen Beds each)


$119.99 + Tax




Hilton Garden Inn

4301 James Ray Drive,

Grand Forks, ND 58203





20 rooms

(with 2 Queen Beds each)


$109 + Tax




SpringHill Suites by Marriott

2837 South 42nd Street

Grand Forks, ND 58201









5 rooms with King Bed & pullout


20 rooms (with 2 Queen Bed each)





$105 +Tax






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