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Global human rights symposium ends today with keynote, research, performance

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North Central College’s symposium on global human rights concludes today April 12 with two free programs, beginning at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

From 4 to 4:30 p.m. in Heininger Auditorium, Debra Erenberg, Midwest regional director for Amnesty International-USA will give a keynote talk titled “Defending Human Rights for ALL.” From 4:30 to 6 p.m. in different locations in Larrance Academic Center, North Central students and Erenberg will present various sessions highlighting their research and projects focused on the theme “Human Rights: Learning and Practice at North Central College and Beyond.”

The final segment on global human rights presents a one-man play, “In Between,” at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall. The play is semi-autobiographical and performed by Ibrahim Miari, son of a Palestinian-Muslim father and a Jewish-Israeli mother, and depicts the complexities of a Palestinian-Israeli identity. Born in Israel and now living in Boston, actor Miari recalls his childhood memories and ponders his own identity as he plans to marry a Jewish-American woman.

The 2012 spring symposium on global human rights is hosted by the College’s Office of International Programs and Leadership, Ethics and Values program.