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Panel | Books Like This: Manifesting The Declaration of Human Rights

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So long as there shall exist…a social condemnation which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth… so long as the three problems of the age—the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of women by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night…so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless . —Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone agreement that the United Nations General Assembly endorsed as a set of fundamental, global human rights, reinforces authors’ freedom to write about a broad range of concerns, whether popular or unpopular. Despite the current presidential administration’s attempts to minimize and sever many of the UDHR’s principles, writers nationwide continue to sustain and agitate for these basic human rights. This panel presented by Northern CA Chapter of The National Writers Union, features three NWU members reading from their work, examining how different genres deliver the UDHR’s message via selected articles.

Lyzette Wanzer

Lyzette is an SF writer, editor, and creative writing workshop instructor. Her work reflects the peri-racial, social, and economic experiences of African-Americans. Her essays have appeared in Callaloo, Tampa Review, The MacGuffin, Ampersand Review, amongst others. Lyzette has been awarded writing residencies at many institutions including the Headlands Center for the Arts (CA). and is the recipient of multiple grants including an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Mills College

Dr. September Williams

September Williams, is an American physician-author, bioethicist, and filmmaker. September Williams is a member of the National Writers Union (AFL-CIO/UAW 1981), an affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists, and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Dr. September Williams is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg Collegiate Division and has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Manitoba, Canada. She attended Creighton University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at Cook County Hospital; American Society of Enteral and Parental Nutrition (ASPEN) Clinical Fellow in Surgical Hyperalimentation and Nutrition Support at Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University; a Lowell T. Coggeshall Fellow at the University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics; and was an American College of Geriatric Medicine /Health Resource Service Area (HRSA) Fellow in Clinical Geriatrics. Dr. Williams subsequently learned her film craft in the screenwriting and directing MFA program at Columbia College, Chicago, and at Boston University. She was a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute Fellow in Black Film, at the Zora Neal Hurston Center for the Documentary. Dr. Williams is a co-editor, author, and reviewer of books, articles, and films related to medical and bioethical issues.


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