“All Human Beings are Born Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights”
— Article 1- Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Green Bay, Wis.—On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—a document born in the aftermath of the second world war, but just as relevant today.
To mark the 71st anniversary of that historic occasion, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS, pronounced cause) announces its inaugural Common CAHSS event, “2019: Human Rights.” All events are free and open to the public.
“This year’s Common CAHSS is the first of what we hope is an annual event,” says Chuck Rybak, dean of the College. “The goal is to showcase our students’ work in various programs and mediums, whether it be a psychology research talk or a jazz piano recital. We intend to invite not only our campus community, but also students and community members from across the region. In looking for our first cause, the event’s co-organizers, Associate Dean Ryan Martin and Associate Prof. Alise Coen—decided to build the event around human rights.”
Daytime conference activities take place on International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, 2019. The conference begins at 9 a.m. at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Green Bay campus, and will feature opportunities for creative engagement with human rights issues through art exhibits, musical performances and improv performances.
Scheduled events also include a day-long conference showcasing faculty expertise and student research with presentations and panel discussions of current human rights issues including discrimination, refugees, climate change, gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, solitary confinement, mental health stigmas and more.
The conference concludes with keynote speaker Rais Bhuiyan at 6 p.m. in the Weidner Center. As the survivor of a white supremacist hate crime attack, Rais encountered the violence of discrimination all too vividly. His experiences shaped his dedication to human rights activism and the pursuit of empathy, understanding and forgiveness. After founding the non-profit “World Without Hate” in 2011, Rais has visited and worked with more than 200,000 people around the world.
About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.