Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Panel: 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Fri, November 9, 2018 | Tejas Dining Room, AT&T Exec. Education & Conference Center

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations 70 years ago this December. What were the historical circumstances behind it? What role has it played in the seven decades since it was signed? This panel will address these questions, and will examine two specific contexts in which the human rights movement has developed, that of the Cold War and that of Latin American politics.

Featuring in this order:

Declaring Human Rights: Eleanor Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Michael Stoff
Associate Professor of History
University of Texas at Austin

The Human Rights Movement and the End of the Cold War
Mark Atwood Lawrence
Associate Professor of History
University of Texas at Austin

Latin American contributions to Global Human Rights
Lina del Castillo
Assistant Professor of History
University of Texas at Austin

Jeremi Suri, moderator
Professor of History, and
Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs
University of Texas at Austin

AT&T Exec. Education & Conference Center’s Tejas Dining Room
1900 University Ave, Austin Texas 78705
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Download the poster here. Image credits:

Top: Eleanor Roosevelt and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Spanish text. November 1949. Source: Wikicommons.

Mosaic of multiple images below. Top to bottom, left to right:

- Relatives of missing people gave testimony before the European Human Rights Commission at City Hall in Huamanga, Ayacucho, Peru, July 1985. Courtesy Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

- World War II, after the explosion of the atom bomb in August 1945, Hiroshima, Japan. Universal History Archive / Getty Images.

- Bombed water intake, Nuremberg. 208-AA- 207L-1. National Archives Identifier: 535562.

- Mothers of Plaza de Mayo during their customary march, 1981. Courtesy of © Eduardo Longoni.

- Man who discovered group of 8 skulls following the Tapel Massacre on July 1, 1945. Tapel, Cagayan Province, Luzon, Philippine Islands. T5c. Lewis D. Klein, November 23, 1945. 111-SC-227909. National Archives Identifier: 531327.

- Jewish civilians: copy of a German photograph taken during the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, Poland, 1943. 238-NT-282. National Archives Identifier: 540124.

- Mexican Army troops escort arrested student demonstrators on October 3, 1968, the day after what became known as the Massacre of Tlatelolco.

Sponsored by: Department of History; Institute for Historical Studies; Center for European Studies

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