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Humanity in Print: Literature and Human Rights with Richard Middleton-Kaplan
The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, in partnership with Humanities Washington, presents the next session in the DEI speaker series: “Humanity in Print: Literature and Human Rights.”

Topic description
We don’t extend human rights to people we don’t see as fully human. So how do we develop empathy for those we view as alien or inhuman? One way is through literature, which takes us inside the lives and actions of others. By instilling empathy, and by giving voice to cries for justice, literature forms the foundation for human rights.
Professor Richard Middleton-Kaplan shares stories about human rights activists he has encountered throughout his academic career. What these activists endured was shocking, yet they found meaning and beauty in literature, and so can we.
In this talk, audiences will discuss literary works that illuminate how to respond to those around us who have suffered human rights violations, and those who have committed incomprehensible acts. These works can even help us to make sense of the wrongs that we ourselves have endured.

Jun 30, 2022 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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