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“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Focus on Africa”

In conjunction with the “Thirty” art exhibit, the Social Justice Institute, Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and Kelvin Smith Library will host an event to commemorate the United Nations World Social Justice Day Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Kelvin Smith Library gallery.

Titled “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Focus on Africa,” the event will feature a panel of speakers exploring how the declaration has impacted—and failed to impact—various issues and populations across the African continent.

Civil rights attorney Jacqueline Greene (LAW ’11) will provide a brief overview of the declaration and Inamori Center Executive Director Shannon French will moderate.

The panelists and their respective topics will be:

  • George S. Kamanda, international human rights scholar and CWRU School of Law student, on women’s economic rights in Sierra Leone;
  • Felix Kumah-Abiwu, assistant professor of Pan-African studies at Kent State University, on voting rights in Ghana; and
  • Sara Thiam, visiting assistant professor in anthropology at CWRU, on children’s rights in Senegal and Mali.

A light reception will follow. RSVP to

As a reminder, all visitors to the Kelvin Smith Library must have a photo ID to be admitted.

Learn more about upcoming events hosted by the Social Justice Institute.