Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Marks 60th Anniversary of UDHR

December 2, 2008
by Molly Lanzarotta

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government is marking the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through visual displays during the month of December and a speaker series throughout the academic year. The UDHR was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1948 and has since become the most translated document in the world.

From December 1- 12, an art exhibit of drawings by refugee children from Darfur collected by Waging Peace researchers will be displayed in the Collins Rotunda on the ground floor of the Taubman Building on the Harvard Kennedy School campus. The drawings – most of which depict attacks in the children’s villages – have been exhibited throughout the world to raise awareness about the crisis in Darfur. They will also form part of a submission of evidence to the International Criminal Court, which is investigating alleged crimes taking place in Darfur. British journalist and Waging Peace Chair Rebecca Tinsley will speak about the exhibit at a reception on December 8 at 6 p.m.

Also this month, the Carr Center is collaborating with several other Harvard departments and committees on a campus-wide, 11-site visual display in celebration of the UDHR anniversary. The installation will consist of the text of the 30 articles of the Declaration projected onto Harvard buildings and grounds over three nights, December 8-10, in coordination with university-wide activities marking the anniversary. The visual display initiative is a collaboration of the University Committee on Human Rights Studies, the Carr Center, the Film Study Center, the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, and Media and Technology Services.

In addition to these commemorations in December, the Carr Center has been hosting a weekly guest speaker series since September featuring discussions related to each of the 30 articles of the UDHR.

“We are privileged to host a number of distinguished human rights scholars and practitioners as part of the speaker series,” said Sarah Sewall, Carr Center director. “Many of the center's fellows and Harvard faculty affiliates are discussing their research in relation to the articles and broaching dialogue on a wide variety of rights issues. The series features such prominent scholars as Philip Heymann of Harvard Law School; historian and social activist Howard Zinn; and Harvard Kennedy School Professor Christopher Stone.”

The lectures and discussions take place every Wednesday from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Carr Center conference room (Rubenstein Building, room 219), Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge. Journalists and members of the public are welcome.

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy is guided by a commitment to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in United States and throughout the world.

Drawing by Darfur refugee.

A drawing by a refugee child from Darfur that is part of an art exhibit on display at Harvard Kennedy School Dec. 1-12, 2008.

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