The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF Burlington) in partnership with UVM’s Center for Cultural Pluralism is sponsoring a free program on College is sponsoring a free program on The Importance of Eleanor Roosevelt to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): Critical Reflections on Friday, October 11th at 7 PM at Billings-Ira Allen Lecture Hall, 26 University Place in Burlington. The featured speaker, Dr. Blanche Wiesen Cook, is an historian 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 has stood the test of time and is a testament to the enduring universality of the values of equality, justice, peace, and human dignity. The UDHR is a milestone document in the history of human rights, setting forth the 30 fundamental human rights that are to be universally protected.
Many students and adults in the United States are unfamiliar with the UDHR. Dr. Cook’s presentation will help us learn, promote, engage and reflect on human rights with the goal of encouraging us 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 UVM’s Center for Cultural Pluralism and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.
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