CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 17, 1999
'Fifty Years of Hope' human rights exhibit open to public
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Documents and photographs from the era that saw the
birth of a landmark human rights declaration make up a new exhibition,
"Fifty Years of Hope," on display now through May in North Exhibition
Hall at the University of Iowa Main Library.
The "Fifty Years of Hope: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights"
exhibition is free and open to the public. It offers a pictorial and documented
look back at the events prior to and after World War II. Exhibition patrons
will also see pictures and can read articles about recent national and
international human rights violations.
The war was an impetus for the drafting of the 1948 document that is
meant to provide all people equal and inalienable rights, and to protect
them from human rights abuses. Books and photographs from the library's
collections provide a graphic illustration of human rights progress and
tragedies. The exhibition is meant to remind viewers that basic rights
should not be taken for granted.
The exhibition is part of the UI's yearlong human rights celebration.
For the past year, the UI's Global Focus: HR '98 program has brought various
Nobel Prize winners and human rights activists to the campus and has hosted
numerous events in commemoration of the 1948 document signing.
Additional information about the exhibition is available by calling UI Libraries
at (319) 335-5867.