Let’s end the Summer Reading Program in a BIG WAY with Humanities Washington and Richard Middleton-Kaplan! Let’s talk literature and human rights!

Even if its not on purpose, literature makes a comment about how we live and the values we hold. Let’s take a moment to examine literature that focuses on human rights! Richard Middleton-Kaplan will be joining us, thanks to Humanities Washington, on Sat. July 31st at 11am to end our #SummerReadingProgram in a big way! Register now to join what’s sure to be a great discussion!

Upper Skagit Library x Humanities Washington Present Humanity in Print: Literature and Human Rights with Richard Middleton-Kaplan

July 31st, 11am via Zoom. Registration required. Live closed captioning will be provided.

We don’t extend human rights to people we don’t see as fully human. So how do we develop empathy for those we view as alien or inhuman? One way is through literature, which takes us inside the lives and actions of others. By instilling empathy, and by giving voice to cries for justice, literature forms the foundation for human rights.

Professor Richard Middleton-Kaplan shares stories about human rights activists he has encountered throughout his academic career. What these activists endured was shocking, yet they found meaning and beauty in literature, and so can we.

In this talk, audiences will discuss literary works that illuminate how to respond to those around us who have suffered human rights violations, and those who have committed incomprehensible acts. These works can even help us to make sense of the wrongs that we ourselves have endured.

Richard Middleton-Kaplan (he/him) is the dean of arts and sciences at Walla Walla Community College. In 2011, Richard spent a sabbatical at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at University of York, helping to develop a course on literature and human rights. His publications include “Using Literature to Teach Peace” in Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Looking to get ready for the event? We have a display up in the library with the books that will be talked about during the presentation! 
Want to reserve a book? Log into your Upper Skagit Library account to place a hold! 
Additional Discussion Resources: 
Linda Ellia’s Notre Combat, www.notrecombat.net
Note from Richard: The third tab from the left, “Exhibitions,” will take you to links for the four exhibition sites. Then when you click on the link “Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA” you will be taken to images of the exhibit entry and links to several articles including one in which some teen visitors to the exhibit share their reactions and their own work. I feel so fortunate to have seen the entire exhibit in person.