Sponsored by the Goldstein Family Community Chair in Human Rights, Human Rights Week is a series of events intended to educate the community about human rights concerns and to highlight the work of scholars, students, and community organizations in promoting human rights.
Events include lectures and panels with scholars of human rights, workshops with community partners, a special Goldstein Lecture in human rights, and tours of an art exhibit by internationally renowned artist Samuel Bak. Topics for this year include current debates in the United States about religion and human rights; Latinx art and cultural rights; and the legacy of the Holocaust expressed through the visual arts.
Monday, September 23
6:30 P.M. - 8 P.M. | 201/205/209 CEC
Evening Lecture: "Human Rights and the Christian Right: What Today's Conflicts Reveal about 'Human Rights' and 'Religion' "
Dr. Jenna Reinbold, Associate Professor at Colgate University and author of Seeing The Myth in Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania, 2017)
When people talk about conflicts between religion and human rights, they often have just one straightforward idea in mind, often involving “Islam” or “fundamentalism.” Drawing upon her research on secular mythmaking and recent developments in U.S. politics, including a “Commission on Unalienable Rights” recently appointed at the Department of State, Reinbold will show how both “religion” and “human rights” are much more complex ideas than is often recognized.
Dr. Jenna Reinbold is a scholar of religion law, politics, and human rights. Her work Seeing the Myth in Human Rights won the American Academy of Religion’s prestigious Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Analytical-Descriptive studies.
Tuesday, September 24
2:30 P.M. - 4 P.M. | 132 CPACS
Workshop with Samuel Bak: Witness and Autobiography
Alongside UNO faculty, Samuel Bak will participate in a workshop for students, faculty, and community members on art, autobiography, and narrative.
Please note that copies of Bak's memoir, Painted in Words, will be available for purchase in UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center on September 25 and 26, prior to the special Goldstein Lecture in Human Rights.
Wednesday, September 25
11 A.M. - Noon | Criss Library
"Are Reparations Possible? - Lessons from South Africa 25 Years After Apartheid"
Join us for a conversation with The Honorable Richard Goldstone and Prof. Lewis Gordon. Goldstone is a former judge in South Africa and former Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunals. Gordon is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut and an internationally-renowned scholar of Africana Philosophy and Social and Political Philosophy.
Prof. Alecia Anderson will moderate the discussion. Prof. Anderson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at UNO and a scholar of racial and ethnic relations, political sociology, and social theory.
Co-sponsored by the Goldstein Center for Human Rights, UNO's Department of Black Studies, the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, and the Goldstein Family Community Chair in Human Rights.
Thursday, September 26
Witness: A Goldstein Symposium on Art and Human Rights
9 A.M. - 4 P.M. | 201/205/209 CEC (with noontime keynote in the UNO Art Gallery)
Scholars from across the world will participate in a symposium inspired by the work of Samuel Bak. No registration is required. Gary Phillips, author of “Just Is in the Art of Samuel Bak,” will deliver a lunchtime keynote at noon in the UNO Art Gallery. Hank Greenspan, a psychologist, oral historian and playwright, will present on “The Witness as Dramatist” at 2 P.M. Philosopher Lewis Gordon will close the symposium with an afternoon keynote at 3 P.M. on the topic of “Art and the Right to a Livable Life.”
Special Goldstein Lecture in Human Rights
7 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. | Strauss Performing Arts Center
In a special Goldstein Lecture in Human Rights, Richard Goldstone, former South African judge as well as former Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunals, will speak about the current state of international criminal justice.
Friday, September 27 - POSTPONED
Noon - 1:30 P.M. | 230/231 CEC
Art and Human Rights Workshop with the Union for Contemporary Art
**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED**
Join us for lunch and a hands-on workshop with staff of Omaha's Union for Contemporary Art, as they discuss connections between art and human rights. Attendees will have the chance to engage in a screen-printing activity and to dialogue about human rights issues and their connection to the arts.
Wednesday, October 2
6:30 P.M. - 8 P.M. | 201/205/209 CEC
Lecture by Dr. Marjorie Agosín, Wellesley College
Theme: Latinx art and cultural rights
Evening Lecture: "Weaving Hope: Gender, Art, and Resistance in Latin America"
6:30 P.M. - 8 P.M., 201/205/209 CEC
Dr. Marjorie Agosín, Wellesley College
Latin Americans have offered creative and effective ways to resist and confront human rights violations even under the most adverse political circumstances, including times of extreme violence. Women have been especially instrumental in confronting the horrors of military dictatorship through artistic creation and expression. One of the most intriguing groups of resistors is the Chilean Arpilleristas, who have denounced the political cruelty of the country's military force by sewing tapestries of both hope and resistance. The work this and other women around the world have done has helped create international consciousness on human rights abuses, as well as a new form of articulating experiences of human rights defense (protection?) through art. In the case of Chile, new generations have followed the legacy of thes Arpilleristas. This talk will examine this art form as well as others, showcasing how ordinary citizens have been able to do extraordinary things under tragic circumstances.
Thursday, Oct. 3
Interactive Workshop: "The Refugee Experience"
Register online to select a time | 201 MBSC
Participants will hear stories from resettled refugees and experience a brief simulation of what life is like for a person forced to flee home. The program will last for about an hour, including moving between stations and some reflection at the end.
Tours of "Witness: The Art of Samuel Bak" available at Weber Art Gallery, UNO
Please contact Dr. Laura Alexander for details. Tours are available throughout Human Rights Week as well as over the course of the exhibit.
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