Bahai News - Lecture series celebrates 50th anniversary of human rights declarartion
Lecture series celebrates 50th anniversary of human rights
BY LAUREN PELLETREAU
A university professor is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the
signing of the first international declaration of human rights by
bringing a group of speakers to the university to tell us exactly how
far we have come.
"We've come a long way, but we're not there yet", said James Oliver, a
political science and international relations professor.
Oliver said he hopes he can help educate the university community about
how much still has to be done concerning human rights across the world.
Throughout this month, the free lecture series entitled "Human Rights
at 50" will be held in commemoration of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights In the wake of the Holocaust and other war crimes committed
during World War II, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was
adopted on Dec. 10, 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly.
Article one of the Declaration states, "All human beings are born free
and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and
conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."
Oliver said he hopes people will have a more concrete sense of the
objectives of the document by attending the lecture series. "Minimally,
I hope that people will have a better concept of what human rights
means," Oliver said. The lecture series will be held at Clayton Hall on
Laird Campus and in Arsht Hall at the university's Wilmington campus.
Director of the U.N. Studies Program at Columbia University Stephen
Marks will begin the series on Jan. 7 in Room 125 of Clayton Hall.
Neil Hicks will hold the second lecture, "Some Islamic Responses to
Universal Human Rights," on Jan. 11 in Room 108 of Arsht Hall.
Hicks' lecture will explore the conflicts of applying Western values to
other countries, Oliver said.
"The series will step back and reflect on whether or not we are
approaching the standards set forth in the U.N. Declaration over 50
years ago," Oliver said.
Joseph Mettimano, public policy specialist for the U.S. Committee for
UNICEF, will continue the series with "The Rights of the Child" on Jan.
14 in Room 125 at Clayton Hall.
Columbia University Law School professor Lori F. Damrosch will deliver her
lecture on Jan. 19 in Room 125 of Clayton Hall entitled "Universal Human
And Minni Schrag, a former senior trial attorney for the War Crimes
Tribunal in former Yugoslavia will discuss "Human Rights and War Crimes"
on Jan. 21 in Room 108 of Arsht Hall.
Other speakers include Kit Cosby, coordinator for external affairs for
the National Spirit assembly of the Baha'is of the U.S. and co-chair of
the working group on the Human Rights of Women.
She will give a lecture titled "The Human Rights of Women" on Jan.28 in
Room 125 of Clayton Hall.
And special assistant to the ambassador-at-large for War Crimes in the
U.S. Department of State Sheila Berry will end the series on Feb. 1 in
Room 125 of Clayton Hall.
The series is sponsored by the departments of political science and
international relations, the Office of International Programs and Special
Sessions and the World Affairs Council of Wilmington.
All lectures are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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