Bard College's Institute for Writing and Thinking will offer a three-day workshop on "Teaching about Human Rights: Case Studies for the classroom," a spin-off of Bard's 2002 NEH Humanities Focus Seminar on "Human Rights: Idea, Politics and Case Study." The workshop considers definitions of human rights before and after the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, examines the evolution of the idea of rights, and explores ways to teach about this complex issue through literary and historical texts. Secondary teachers and Bard Institute associates will model writing practices that help students engage the complex issue of human rights as they learn about the history, politics, and practices of human rights through key documents and literary texts. Workshop leaders will also present lessons designed for secondary social studies and English classrooms.
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