What: Helen Suzman: Fighter For Human Rights – Human Rights Panel Discussion with UT Faculty and Staff
When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8
Where: University Federal Credit Union Student Learning Commons, Perry-Castañeda Library
Accompanying the photographic exhibit chronicling the life and work of Helen Suzman, the panel will discuss international human rights issues. Reception to follow.
Please RSVP to Jean Johnson at 232.6504 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
The panel features University faculty and professionals:
Dr. Charles Hale, Professor of Anthropology and Director of The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Dr. Ruramisai Charumbira, Professor of History and faculty affiliate with the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies
T-Kay Sangwand, Archivist, Human Rights Documentation Initiative, University of Texas Libraries
Moderator: Karen Engle, Cecil D. Redford Professor in Law and Director of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice
The panel exhibit, “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights,” will be displayed in the University Federal Credit Union Student Learning Commons at the Perry-Castañeda Library through March 27.
Suzman was a member of the South African Parliament for 36 years, from 1953-1989. She was the sole opposition voice condemning apartheid during the 13-year period (1961-1974) when she was the governing body’s only member of the Progressive Party. The exhibition explores nearly four decades of Suzman’s life and vision through photographs, personal letters, quotations from speeches and news articles.
Organized by the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town, the exhibition was conceptualized, researched and written by Millie Pimstone and designed by Linda Bester. It tells of the animosity, anti-Semitism and intimidation Suzman faced throughout her career. It also highlights her enduring friendship with Nelson Mandela, which began in early 1967 when she met him at the Robben Island Prison where he was a political prisoner.
Suzman was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Price in recognition of her contribution to the pursuit of justice in South Africa. She received the United Nations Award of the International League for Human Rights in 1978. In 1989, Queen Elizabeth conferred on her an Honorary Dame Commander (Civil Division) of the Order of the British Empire.