The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom will be hosting an educational program for students and teachers on Eleanor Roosevelt: Hammering Out Human Rights at four high schools in Vermont: South Burlington High School in South Burlington, Peoples Academy High School in Morrisville, Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington, and Spaulding High School in Barre. The programs are scheduled for October 8 and October 9:
October 8 (TUE): 10-11:30 AM, So. Burlington HS (Auditorium) 550 Dorset St, South
Burlington (Contacts: Kim Watkins or Ryan Navin)
1:30-2:45 PM, Peoples Academy HS (Auditorium) 202 Copley Ave,
Morristown (Contacts: Catherine Toland or Peter Guihan)
October 9 (WED): 9:51-10:57 AM, Rice Memorial HS (Gym) 99 Proctor Ave, South
Burlington (Contact: Tom McGrath)
2:12-3:05 PM, Spaulding HS (Gym) 155 Ayers St, Barre
(Contact: John Lewis)
The featured presenter is Susan Marie Frontczak of Storysmith, a scholar, playwright and performer who has presented living history programs around the world. Frontczak will be portraying Eleanor Roosevelt and her work with the UN on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (DHR).
This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the UDHR and Eleanor Roosevelt’s work chairing the committee that drafted this historic document: a testament to the enduring universality of the values of equality, justice, peace, and human dignity. The UDHR represents a milestone in the history of human rights, setting forth the 30 fundamental human rights that are to be universally protected.
In this time of spreading nationalism and gross violations of human rights across the globe, Eleanor Roosevelt noted that it is necessary of us all to work for human rights and peace. “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. … Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”
Many individuals in the United States are unfamiliar with the UDHR. Frontczak’s presentation will help students learn about, promote, engage and reflect on human rights with the goal of encouraging everyone to stand up for human rights, every day. As Jamaican Bob Marley sang: “Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.”
The program is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council, American Civil Liberties Union of VT, Amnesty International Champlain Valley, WILPF US, Anne Slade Frey Charitable Trust, Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, WILPF Burlington, Green Mountain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Bernard and Sandra Otterman Foundation.