Festival of Human Rights

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Thursday, January 17, 2019 | 1-8pm
Regenstein Library, Room 122, 1100 E 57th Street

December 10, 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—the landmark document that for the first time enumerated the fundamental human rights to be universally honored and protected.

On January 17, 2019, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights will honor and commemorate this milestone anniversary with a Festival of Human Rights. Students, faculty, and community members will select one of the UDHR’s thirty articles and interpret it through a contemporary lens. Over an eight-hour period, attendees will be invited to immerse themselves in the theory and practice of human rights through art making, literature, historical reflection, and more.


12-4pm | CityKey Mobile Site! Get your very own CityKey Municipal ID. More info and check out which documents you'll need.
2-5pm | The Mobile Art Cart! Make your own human rights screen print with Chicago artist William Estrada.

1 pm | The UNESCO 1949 Exhibition Celebrating the First Anniversary of the Declaration
Members of the History faculty—Jane Dailey, Jim Sparrow, Tara Zahra, Emily Osborn, Johanna Ransmeier, and Mark Bradley—discuss the first effort in 1949 to mark the anniversary of the Universal Declaration through an international exhibition.  Participants will also be able to view displays from the original UNESCO exhibition.

2pm | Room A: Human Rights on the Ground
Doctors Renslow Sherer (Medical School) and Evan Lyon will train attendees on how to administer Naloxone—a lifesaving overdose intervention.

2pm | Room B: Unlocking the City with Municipal ID
Pozen faculty will lead a discussion on the power of municipal identification to encourage full participation in society from undocumented immigrants, youth and low-income seniors of color, transgender residents who do not identify with the gender marker assigned on their state ID, and those who are homeless, formerly incarcerated, or residentially unstable.

3pm | What is the Practice of Human Rights?: Stories from the Field
Human Rights interns from the 2018 summer cohort and Law students from the International Human Rights Clinic will share stories from across the world about their experiences with human rights in practice.

4 pm | Migration
Faculty-members Rachel Cohen and Rachel Dewoskin (English) will read from their own work and invite contributors to their Migration Anthology Project to share their own stories of migration—from the current refugee crisis to the Great Migration, the journey through Ellis Island to the forced movements of Native Americans.

5pm | Dinner

6pm | What the UDHR Means to Me
Faculty members will make short, persuasive arguments for their favorite UDHR article. Speakers: Adom Getachew (Political Science), Ben Laurence (Pozen Center), Susan Gzesh (Pozen Center), Alice Kim (Pozen Center), Claudia Flores (Law), and Sonali Thakkar (English).

7pm | One Person, No Vote
Professor Carol Anderson (Emory University and Spring 2019 Pozen Visiting Professor) keynotes the finale of the Festival of Human Rights, speaking on her new book One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy. Anderson’s book tells the astonishing story of how government-dictated racial discrimination unfolds before our very eyes and how organizing, activism, and court battles can restore the basic right to vote to all Americans.

Cosponsored by the University of Chicago Office of the Provost, the Diversity + Inclusion Initiative, the College, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the Center for Identity + Inclusion, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture.