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Eleanor Roosevelt and the Drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 

Mead Memorial Chapel

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF Burlington) in partnership with Middlebury College is sponsoring a free program on Eleanor Roosevelt and the Drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on Thursday, October 10th at 7 PM at Mead Memorial Chapel, 75 Hepburn Road in Middlebury.  The featured speaker, Dr. Blanche Wiesen Cook, is an historian, professor, and author of a 3-volume, definitive biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Eleanor Roosevelt’s work chairing the committee that drafted this historic document that is 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.

Many individuals in the United States are unfamiliar with the UDHR.  Dr. Cook’s presentation will help students and adults learn about, promote, engage and reflect on human rights with the goal of encouraging everyone to stand up for human rights, every day.

Dr. Blanche Wiesen Cook is the author of a three-volumes about Eleanor Roosevelt: Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One 1884–1933 (published 1992); Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2, The Defining Years, 1933–1938 (2000); and Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 (2016). Volume One was awarded the 1992 biography prize from the Los Angeles Times. A New York Times review of the third volume called the entire biography a “rich portrait” of the “monumental and inspirational life of Eleanor Roosevelt.  NPR included the third volume in its “Best books of 2016.”

This 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, and Middlebury College and its History Department, Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House, and the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs.

More information can be found at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/388387011861669/

Blanche Wiesen Cook is a historian and professor of history and recipient of the Bill Whitehead Award.  Cook will be our major speaker. She is the author of a three-volume, definitive biography about Eleanor Roosevelt: Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One 1884–1933 (published 1992); Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2, The Defining Years, 1933–1938 (2000); and Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 (2016). Volume One was awarded the 1992 Biography prize from the Los Angeles Times. A New York Times review of the third volume called the entire biography a “rich portrait” of the “monumental and inspirational life of Eleanor Roosevelt.] NPR included the third volume in its “Best books of 2016.”  Cook will be the featured speaker at colleges and universities because of the depth and breadth of her knowledge and her highly academic appeal.

Venue

Mead Memorial Chapel
75 Hepburn Road
Middlebury, 05753
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