Panel explores 60 years after Universal Declaration of Human Rights

November 17, 2008

University Park, Pa. -- "Dignity and Justice for All?: 60 Years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," a panel discussion, will be presented at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1,  in Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library, on Penn State's University Park campus.

The program also will be broadcast on Media Site Live and will be accessible for 30 days at  

Penn State panel members include Jonathan Marks, associate professor of bio-ethics, humanities, and law; Sophia McClennen, associate professor of comparative literature, Spanish, and women's studies; Tiyanjana Maluwa, associate dean and director, School of International Affairs; and Lorraine Dowler, associate professor of geography and women's studies.

The discussion, moderated by Kathleen O'Toole, lecturer in the College of Communications, will explore a wide array of topics, including health and environmental law from international and European perspectives; the ethical and aesthetic complexities of human rights; and the practice and the scholarship of human rights, through a feminist lens. Maluwa, former counsel to the African Union and counsel to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will discuss human rights law.

Dec. 10 marks the 60th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The horrors of world war gave rise to the idealism of the declaration, but human rights remain a challenge in today's rapidly changing global community.
The event is sponsored by the Centre County Chapter of the United Nations Association and Penn State's International Affairs and Debate Association (PSIADA), the School of International Affairs, and the University Libraries. The nearest public parking is Nittany Parking Deck, adjacent to The Nittany Lion Inn.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact Helen Sheehy, (814) 863-1347, in advance of participation.

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated March 19, 2009