KSU International Civil and Human Rights Summit to bridge movements’ milestones and future


Speakers, panels, performances evoke universal themes in struggles for liberty, equality and…

Georgia (Oct 16, 2015)Speakers, panels, performances evoke universal themes in struggles for liberty, equality and justice

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 16, 2015) — The first International Summit on Civil and Human Rights at Kennesaw State University October 28-30 will mark the 50th anniversary of the American Civil Rights movement and connect it to historic and ongoing struggles for civil and human rights at home and abroad.

The multi-disciplinary summit will utilize visual and performance arts, spoken word, panels, roundtable discussions and open forums to present reflections on civil rights and human rights and on movements throughout Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean in which victims of violent repression, social isolation, and political disenfranchisement have struggled for liberation. The summit is organized by the Center for African and African Diaspora Studies, a unit of Kennesaw State’s Division of Global Affairs.

What: Summit highlights

·       Concert performance, "Remembering the Silenced Voices of Holocaust Song Creators: Weaving Songs of Resistance and Survival into a New Cello Sonata," by Laurence Sherr, Kennesaw State professor of music

·       Concert performance, “The Negro Spiritual: A National Treasure,” by Oral Moses & The Georgia Spiritual Ensemble

·       An undergraduate student panel on literature and civil and human rights

·       Theatrical performance of the play “ Night Blooms” by Margaret Baldwin and directed by Karen Robinson, Kennesaw State University theater professor

·       Exhibit: "Opening Doors, Outing History,” developed by Jessica Duvall, assistant director, LGBTIQ Student Retention Services at  Kennesaw State University

Who: Keynote Speakers

·       Hank Klibanoff, James M. Cox Professor of Journalism and director of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., will discuss “Georgia’s Civil Rights Cold Cases: Why Their Lives Matter Today”

·       Souleymane Bachir Diagne, professor of French and philosophy, Columbia University, New York, will discuss “The March Toward An African Charter of Human Rights”


Oct. 28-30. View daily schedules at http://dga.kennesaw.edu/caads/ischr/schedule.php


Kennesaw State University College of Continuing and Professional Education, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu