The Point Park Honors Student Organization is partnering with Global Solutions Pittsburgh and the Point Park United Student Government to present a Storytelling and Human Rights Symposium. Students from all local universities as well as the general public are invited to attend.
Drew Kahn is the keynote speaker for the event. Kahn is a theatre professor at Buffalo State College and the director of the Anne Frank Project, which aims to use the power of storytelling to explore genocide. Kahn recently gave a popular Ted Talk in Buffalo about his travels to Rwanda.
The symposium will be interactive. Both the keynote speaker and a discussion panel will present historical human rights violations and discuss how theatre, journalism and the arts can aid in healing and preventing genocide and other injustices. Afterwards, the audience will break into small workshops with the panelists where they will create their own skit, story or piece of art that describes a particular human rights violation to share with the entire group.
Breakout Group Themes:
(1) Theater and Performance – Drew Kahn
(2) Communications and Journalism – Annie Siebert, Reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
(3) Human Rights and Advocacy – J. Dwight Hines, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Global Cultural Studies, Point Park University
(4) Storytelling and the Arts – TBA
The entire day will center on the role of communication in genocide and the importance of storytelling, theatre and writing, in learning, healing, and preventing future tragedies.
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Event Schedule: April 12th, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM, GRW Theater University Center
2 PM: Intro and Keynote Speaker (Drew Kahn)
3 PM: Panel Discussion
— Short Break —
4 PM: Breakout groups
5 PM: Presentations
6 PM: Wrap-Up
Register for this free event!
Questions about this event?: Contact Tim Lessick at 412-471-7852, or firstname.lastname@example.org