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Commentary: Human rights, for Everyone, Everywhere

In the aftermath of World War II, as the full horrors of the Holocaust committed by Germany’s fascist regime became apparent, the international community came together to create a new institution — the United Nations — to prevent violence and promote peace throughout the world. The newly created United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the declaration recognizing the inherent dignity and equal inalienable rights of all members of the human family. The declaration remains as important today as it was in 1948.

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BE APART OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST HUMAN RIGHTS LETTER WRITING EVENT TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4th J. S. Quinney College of Law, 383 S. University Street, RM 2100, SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84112 - Noon - 2:00PM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5th Hinckley Institute of Politics, 260 S. Central Campus Drive, RM 2018, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 -Noon - 2:00PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6th Eccles Health Sciences Library, 10 N. 1900 East, RM 2930, Salt Lake City, UT 84112- Noon - 2:00PM

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Barbara and Norman Tanner Center Names Interim Director

Erika George, Samuel D. Thurman professor of law, will serve as the interim director of the Tanner Center for Human Rights during the 2018-2019 academic year. We look forward to working with Erika while Thomas Maloney, professor of economics and current director, takes a sabbatical. Professor George earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She also holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.

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Barbara Tanner Receives Honorary Degree

The University of Utah Board of Trustees awarded Barbara Tanner an honorary doctorate degree at the 2018 commencement ceremony this past Spring. The award is the highest honor given by the university. Barbara Lindquist Tanner is a community leader, humanitarian, human rights activist, philanthropist and elementary education alumna of the University of Utah. Together with her husband Norman, she established the Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy in the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah.

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The Tanner Center is dedicated to providing University of Utah students, faculty and the broader community with the inspiration and education needed to become advocates for peace, nonviolence, and human rights. The center seeks to provide avenues for the open discussion of important issues within the community, the nation, and the world.

Last Updated: 12/17/18