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Series of events brings back the memory of human rights in São Paulo

by Richard Meckien - published Oct 29, 2014 02:15 PM - - last modified Oct 31, 2014 04:02 PM

Cartografia dos Direitos Humanos em São Paulo - Logomarca VerticalFrom November 3 to 7, IEA-USP's UNESCO Chair in Education for Peace, Human Rights, Democracy and Tolerance will hold three meetings related to the project Human Rights Mapping in São Paulo. It is the closure of a set of academic and cultural activities throughout the year with the aim of rescuing the memory of the struggle for human rights in the capital of the State of São Paulo and stimulating society to ponder the matter.

The release of Human Rights Mapping, a digital tool that maps geographic landmarks of the city of São Paulo associated with the trajectory of claims and achievements of human rights, will take place on November 4, at 8 pm, at USP's Maria Antonia Center. The chosen places symbolize the role of social movements and historical moments related to combating racial and gender discrimination; to democratization of access to justice; to the guarantee of freedom of expression; to the mobilization for the rights of workers, among other struggles.

Besides demarcating symbolically valuable places, the platform suggests itineraries of sightseeing by theme and region, matching each of the catalogued spots with texts, images and testimonials of journalists, and activists who have witnessed or were part of the fight in favor of human rights. The event will also include the opening of the Photography and Literature Festival, which will expose the work produced in art workshops promoted by the project.

The launch of the digital platform will be attended by Martin Grossmann, director of the IEA-USP; Moacyr Novaes, professor of USP's Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences (FFLCH) and associate provost for culture and universitary extension of USP; Pedro Barbosa Pereira Neto, chief prosecutor of the Federal Public Ministry (MPF); Rossana Rocha Reis, board member of the UNESCO Chair, professor at FFLCH and general coordinator of the project; and Sergio Adorno, coordinator of the UNESCO Chair and director of FFLCH.

Activities will continue with six roundtables on Memory, Art and Human Rights Education, which will take place on November 6 and 7, from 10 am to 6.30 pm at IEA's Event Room. During the debates, experts in literature, film, visual arts and museums will discuss the educational potential of artistic expression in the context of human rights.

Alongside the launch of the digital platform and roundtables, the UNESCO Chair will conduct the International Art-Memory Workshop from November 3 to 5 at USP's Maria Antonia Center. The exhibitors will be artists Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz, known by their joint works on the memory of the Holocaust, victims of military regime, and political and etchnic minorities persecution.


Conceived by Rossana Rocha Reis and proposed by the UNESCO Chair in partnership with USP's Maria Antonia Center, the project aims to restore the history of the struggle for rights in São Paulo and arouse the interest of society for the issue through discussions, workshops and art activities.

The project was awarded by USP's Dean of Culture and Universitary Extension (PRCEU) in the category Dissemination, and Cultural and Scientific Interexchange in 2013 and has the support of the Federal Public Ministry and the Legislative Assembly of the State of São Paulo.

The event will be broadcast live on the web.

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