Manhattanville’s Castle Scholars Honors Program Presents the 9th Annual Human Rights Awareness Day


Manhattanville’s Castle Scholars Honors Program Presents the 9th Annual Human Rights Awareness Day

November 16, 2015 • Anonymous

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The Castle Scholars Honors Program will be hosting its annual Human Rights Awareness Day (HRAD), but this time the event will be spread out between November 20 and 21.
Friday will feature speaker Rev. Dr. Chip Andrus who will talk about his role as a community activist and his work with the Northeastern Westchester Domestic Abuse Alliance. This will be followed by a screening and discussion of the film “Selma.”
Saturday will kick off with a student-run poster and table session accompanied by lunch. Activist artist Andrew Courtney will be the first speaker of the day and will discuss the important role that the visual arts can play in changing society and raising awareness of Human Rights.
A spoken word event will serve as intermission between speakers.
Rev. Boneta Grubbs will close the event with her keynote speech on her work as Executive Director of the Christian Community Action of New Haven, Connecticut, the not-for-profit ecumenical social services agency whose mission is to provide emergency shelter and transitional housing, food, education, and training to those in need.
HRAD is run by students who are part of Manhattanville’s honors program. They sign up for a fall service class in which they plan the event, strategize on how to advertise the program, contact the speakers, and set up student presentations. In the past, HRAD’s main challenge had been presenting so much information in a single day. For this reason student coordinators opted for a two-day schedule, which allowed them to invite three guest speakers in addition to the usual events that had been offered in previous years.
Professor Deborah Saleeby-Mulligan, the faculty facilitator of HRAD, said that, “This event seeks to foster a deeper understanding of the rights of human beings to live in freedom from persecution and prejudice, economically, socially, and politically. The event also seeks to strengthen Manhattanville's core mission to ‘educate students to be ethical and socially responsible leaders.’ HRAD's objective is also to highlight the research work of students through the poster session that is presented at the beginning of the day on Saturday.”
As for a personal invitation, Professor Saleeby-Mulligan offered: “I would encourage students to attend HRAD on November 20 and 21 because this event is an integral part of our college's identity. Our college has always been committed to social justice and human rights and this is a wonderful way to help students to be more aware of the important global issues facing our world today.”
Join the Castle Scholars for the 9th Annual Human Rights Awareness Day(s), now extended and improved!
Gabrielle van Welie ‘16
Friday, November 20
  • Speaker: Rev. Dr. Chip Andrus, singer, songwriter, founding member of the North East Westchester Domestic Abuse Alliance and Presbyterian Minister. Berman Center, Theatre, 5 to 5:45 p.m.
  • Refreshments. Berman Student Center, Theater, 5:45 to 6 p.m.
  • Selma: Screening and discussion of the film. Berman Student Center Theatre, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 21
  • Student Posters and Table Session: Lunch will also be served. Berman Student Center, Lobby, 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Speaker: Andrew Courntey, Activist Artist. Berman Student Center, Lobby, 2 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Spoken Word: Berman Student Center, Lobby, 3 to 3:45 p.m.
  • Speaker: Rev. Boneta Grubbs, Executive Director of Christian Community Action of New Haven, Connecticut. Berman Student Center, Lobby, 4 to 5 p.m.

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