Continuing Relevance of the UDHR

Inspiration to Speak Up and Foster Positive Public Dialogue

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: Following recent events in Charlottesville and the subsequent responses from the president, we posted via Facebook and Twitter about how the Universe of Obligation could be an inspiration to speak up, as described in this blog post.  We also shared this link to our Resources for Speaking Up, which we hope you’ll find helpful. The Universal Declaration […]

Scenes From the Summer Institute, 2017

As part of this year’s Summer Institute, participants created “Signs of Human Rights,” depicting what, in their view, human rights are all about.

Future Leaders Go to Washington, Part 2

Future Leaders Go to Washington, Part 2

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot reports: As part of preparing for the AFSC Youth Summit, the three students (Raychelle Castillo, Justice Wurnitsch-Hogan, and Yennhi Le) wrote essays about the human rights issues  of concern to them in their communities. Then they prepared Issue Outlines on Homelessness, Human Trafficking, and Security of Person, based on their essays, […]

TWAICB at the Oregon Country Fair July 8

TWAICB at the Oregon Country Fair July 8

Watch the video! Join Everyone Orchestra Conductor Matt Butler and TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot at the Oregon Country Fair at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8 to learn more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), along with stories and musical beats about the essence of these rights – kindness, equality, justice, and dignity, […]

Consider This: Human Rights Locally Ripple Globally

Consider This: Human Rights Locally Ripple Globally

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: It feels as if we’re being battered by a Category 5 hurricane of shifting, conflicting visions of American values and priorities. Adding to the turmoil: major challenges in accessing truthful, accurate information. We’ve compiled some resources for evaluating information, particularly from online sources, as well as how to effectively communicate […]

Human Rights As Seeds of Justice

Oxford Dictionary Definition of Justice: (Noun) Fair behavior or treatment. The quality of being fair and reasonable. The administration of the law or authority in maintaining this fairness. TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: The news, domestic and international, is filled with stories of terrible injustices and tensions that threaten stable peace. Meanwhile, social media posts […]

Human Dignity As the Heart of Human Rights

Human Dignity As the Heart of Human Rights

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: A recent article in the New York Times described how Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom, historically governed in semi-theocracy and by monarchs, is now opening its first law school as part of advancing its first generation as a democracy. Of particular interest to me was the description of how a law […]

Why Are the Arts Essential for Human Rights Education?

As part of this year’s Institute, we asked participants to think about why the arts are so important in teaching about human rights, and then to give us their thoughts. They wrote each idea on a paper leaf; then we filled the branches of a tree of human rights, created during the Institute, with the leaves. […]

More From Balboa High School: The Importance of Human Rights

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: We were so pleased to get the following message from Jill Smith about how her class at Balboa High School felt as a result of learning about human rights. Hi Sandy, I wanted to share something wonderful with you!  As you know, I was eager to teach about human rights […]

Continuing Relevance of the UDHR: More Thoughts

Since we asked about whether—and, if so, how—knowing about human rights mattered in today’s world, we’ve received some thoughtful, and thought-provoking, responses. Here are some insights shared by Bob Groves of Philadelphia:   Thanks for asking this question. I believe it matters greatly. For the last four years I have been teaching a course I call “Human Rights in […]