The writing on the wall

The writing on the wall

Art Center students illustrate the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights

By Joe Piasecki 12/04/2008

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Starting Wednesday, patrons of the Pasadena Central Library need only read the writing on the wall — literally — for a lesson on the rights of man and how far the world has yet to come in bringing those to fruition.

“Human Rights: Student Voices” is a series of posters created by students of the Art Center College of Design to illustrate the articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights, ratified 60 years ago in the wake of the horrors of World War II.

Images not only reinforce the document’s principles, but highlight human rights violations around the world — from the abuse of sweatshop workers to the conscription of child soldiers. The series returns to Pasadena from an exhibit at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where the declaration was ratified.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, academics representing Art Center, USC and UCLA will gather at the library for “Human Rights: Getting the Message Out,” a panel discussion related to the exhibit.

Pasadena City Council members formally adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights last year in an attempt to address human rights concerns raised by the inclusion in the 2008 Rose Parade of a float celebrating the Beijing Olympics.
The Pasadena Public Library’s Central Branch is at 285 E. Walnut St. Call (626) 744-4052.


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