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Campus Events Mark Human Rights Week

The Howard Thurman Center will host daily events in honor of Human Rights Week

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A Coffee and Conversation discussion on aid to Africa on Friday, April 11, will close out the University’s observance of Human Rights Week.

This week, the Howard Thurman Center, BU’s cultural center, will hold a range of events and activities for members of the BU community in honor of Human Rights Week. The center, in the lower level of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave., will feature a photo timeline of ongoing struggles in the human rights movement and will offer visitors the opportunity to write Letters of Hope to orphaned refugee children in Thailand and to draw or write on pieces of fabric that will be used to create a Human Rights Reaction Quilt at the end of the week. The Howard Thurman Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition, the center and the University’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholars will host daily events to recognize the struggles of those involved in the human rights movement.

Events include:

  • A screening of the HBO documentary Pandemic: Facing AIDS on April 8, at 7 p.m. in the GSU Conference Auditorium.
  • BU First Nations Appreciation Day, hosted by the American Indigenous Culture Club, on Wednesday, April 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the Howard Thurman Center. Native Americans will sell crafts, serve fry bread and iced tea, and perform on drums.
  • A screening of The Price of Sugar, with a discussion after the film led by producer Eric Grunebaum, on Thursday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the GSU Conference Auditorium. This event is cohosted by Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity.
  • The weekly discussion group Coffee and Conversation with Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore — topic: Aid to Africa — Is it Really Working? on Friday, April 11, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Howard Thurman Center.


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