Pozen Center to Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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.

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.

View a full schedule of events here.


Other commemorations include:

Mark Bradley, Faculty Director, published “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70” on the AHA Perspectives Daily blog.

Students in the Human Rights Law Clinic are also commemorating the anniversary with a series of blog posts, beginning with a reflection by Eleni Christou on the question, “Why Human Rights?