Spotlight on Human Rights in 2020

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Photograph: Supplied/Sydney Jewish Museum'The Holocaust and Human Rights' exhibition at Sydney Jewish Museum
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Gain a greater understanding of the world we live in with webinars from the Sydney Jewish Museum

If you’re keen to gain some insights on human rights, lean in – the Jewish Museum is launching a digital short course that takes a deep dive into the question: what is human rights? 

Spotlight on Human Rights in 2020 is part of the Museum’s ongoing educational programs and its pivot to digital offerings during the isolation era of 2020. There will be five webinars streamed live via Zoom throughout Monday evenings in August, and you can either sign up for all of them or pick and choose those most interesting to you.

The first session to get the ball rolling is What is Human Rights?, which will be broadcast on Monday, August 3, at 7pm. In this talk, human rights advocate and regular pundit on the ABC's The Drum, Nyadol Nyuon, and professor of sociology and social policy Danielle Celermajer, will discuss key moments in the developments of human rights and some highlighted incidents from this year. 

The second talk on August 10 covers The Media – with the producer of the ABC’s You Can’t Ask That Kirk Docker; the Australia director at Human Rights Watch Elaine Pearson, and Bus Stop Films co-founder Genevieve Clay-Smith discussing the media’s role in human rights. On August 17, the third talk sees Labor member for Lakemba Mr Jihad Dib and Closing the Gap adviser Samantha Webster take a close look at what Racism in Australia looks like. Then, on August 24, physician and health journalist Dr Norman Swan and Gaimaragal’s founding director Susan Moylan Coombs will discuss Health and inequality in Australia, with a particular focus on the impacts on the current crisis on different communities. On August 31, psychologist Kim Slender takes the reigns for a workshop on Looking Back, Pushing Forward – discussing the way our brains work to identify differences and how this can manifest as prejudice.

Tickets to these webinars are $15, or free for Museum members. Check out the full program and plot your virtual journey of discovery here.

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