Human Rights Awareness Week at Sewanee

HRAW poster

Student organization Sewanee Stand presents Human Rights Awareness Week, Nov. 12-18.

The week-long focus on human rights resulted from a goal of addressing a broad range of social justice topics, inspired by the Martin Luther King Jr. quotation, "an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Sewanee Stand aims to bring to light a variety of human rights issues that affect not only the world, but also the Sewanee community. Issues will be presented through a variety of lenses, including the first-person accounts of Sewanee students, the extensive research knowledge of faculty members, video footage, and a culminating hands-on memorial that everyone can participate in creating. Thirteen student organizations, a community organization, the Dean of Students Office, and the University Lectures Committee have collaborated with Sewanee Stand to provide funding, volunteers, and materials for these events. Ten different students, seven faculty members and a guest speaker are expected to present throughout the week. 

Monday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m., Convocation Hall
An Injustice Anywhere: Opening Panel Discussion
By Dr. Rohan Kalyan, Dr. Mila Dragojevic, Dr. Sherry Hamby, and students Excy Guardado and Patrick Dienzo
Sponsored by AAA, HOLA, and Beyond Sewanee

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m., Harris Commons of Spencer Hall
Environmental Justice: How environmental policies affect human rights
Sponsored by the Sustainability Fellows

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., the GreenHouse
Terrorism and the School of the Americas: Bake Sale for Peace (fundraiser)
(Begins from noon-7 p.m. in McClurg)
Sponsored by the Peace Coalition

Thursday, Nov. 15
5 p.m., Gailor Auditorium
Healing and Recovery of Child Soldiers: University Lecture by an art therapist in Uganda and the Congo
Sponsored by the University Lectures Committee, the Dean of Students, Sewanee Stand, and the Whistler Society
7 p.m., EQB Building
Open House for Exile International, Invisible Children, and Falling Whistles

Friday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m., Mary Sue Cushman Room of the Women’s Center
The Ethics of Abortion and the Death Penalty: Student debate on abortion, death penalty presentation, Q&A session
Sponsored by the College Democrats, College Republicans, the Peace Coalition, and the CCJP

Saturday, Nov. 17, midnight, St. Augustine’s Chapel
24-Hour Prayer & Contemplation Vigil
Begins at midnight Friday and ends at midnight Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m., the Hearth Room of the Bishop’s Common
Remembering Rwanda: Rwandan Sewanee students sharing their own stories and a documentary on the Rwandan Genocide
Sponsored by ACASA

Sunday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m., the Quad
A Call for Justice Everywhere: Memorial Service and Ribbon Commemoration

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Listing of both today’s and tomorrow’s events at Sewanee: The University of the South.
Let’s talk about it, Sewanee
Let’s talk about it, Sewanee
“The Politics of Memory in Transitional Justice: Lessons from Rwanda”
Polish Table
Let’s talk about it, Sewanee
“Side by Side by Sondheim” Oct. 23-25
At the SUT: Jersey Boys
“Internationalizing Curriculum at Sewanee,” a Mellon Globalization Forum lunch workshop
Chemistry Department Seminar Series
Let’s talk about it, Sewanee
“Flat Earth Unfolded,” a conversation with the artists
Women’s Soccer: Millsaps
Men’s Soccer: Millsaps
At the SUT: Jersey Boys