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Storytelling & Human Rights Symposium planned for Friday, March 21

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Free speech and censorship will be the focus of the second annual Storytelling and Human Rights Symposium on Friday, March 21, from noon to 3 p.m. at Point Park University. 

The university’s Honors Student Organization is partnering with Global Solutions for the event, which will be held at the University Center. The symposium is open to high school and University students and the general public.

Henry Reese, co-founder and chairman of City of Asylum, Pittsburgh, is the event’s keynote speaker.  He and discussion panelists and workshop leaders will lead participants through major free speech issues from different perspectives, including literature and the humanities, legal issues and human rights, journalism and propaganda and theatre and the arts.

The symposium will be interactive. Both the keynote speaker and a discussion panel will address the importance of free speech in literature, journalism, the arts, democracy and human rights. Afterward, the audience will break into small workshops with the panelists where they will create their own skit, story or piece of art with the panelists.

More information is available on the symposium Facebook page.

 

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