Sarah Lawrence College to observe International Human Rights Day with film screenings, discussions

Sarah Lawrence College will host a day of events to commemorate the 60th anniversary of International Human Rights Day on Wednesday, December 10. The day will include film screenings, moderated discussions, lectures and a student art exhibit designed to raise awareness of global human rights violations. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please call College Events at (914) 395-2412.

Jasmine Rivera, student organizer for the day’s events, said that the program "is meant to educate and rally support from students and community members while providing information on how to get involved and make a difference to benefit the causes presented. It also reinforces the concept of global citizenship."

More than fifteen documentary films will be screened including Road to Guantanamo , the true story of three British Muslim men, known as the "Tipton Three," who were arrested and held for more than two years in Guantanamo Bay, Invisible Children, a film about the plight of child soldiers and night commuters in northern Uganda, and The Devil Came on Horseback, a film about the genocide in Darfur.

Noted scholar Norman G. Finkelstein will be speaking in the Titsworth Lecture Hall at 5 p.m.on the recent conflict history between Israel and Palestine, human rights violations due to this conflict, and the need for peace. Finkelstein received his doctorate in politics from Princeton University. He has taught political theory and speaks frequently regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict. Finkelstein is the author of five books that have been translated into more than forty foreign editions.

Author and activist Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, will lead a discussion on the intersection of animal rights and human rights in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center, Donnelley Film Theatre/Lecture Hall at 5 p.m. After volunteering and working with various environmental and human rights causes, Baur turned his attention to animal agriculture. His efforts have been covered by leading news organizations, including the New York Times, The Larry King Show, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Public Radio.