New Exhibit | Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce a new exhibit celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Visit the Special Collections Exhibit Gallery in our 6th floor space (660J Hatcher South) to see the exhibit, Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Linocuts by Meredith Stern, on view now through February 1, 2019.

On December 10, 1948, in the aftermath of the devastation of World War II, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a roadmap to guarantee the rights of every individual everywhere. The complete Declaration is comprised of a Preamble and 30 Articles. We are exhibiting 12 Articles in the form of illustrated prints by Meredith Stern. These contemporary prints are intended both to make people aware of this rights roadmap and to show its urgent relevance in our contemporary political moment.

illustration with quote by Frederick Douglass: "The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
Detail from article 30 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Linocuts by Meredith Stern, 2017

Meredith Stern is an artist currently based in Providence, RI, and a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, a decentralized network of 30 artists committed to social, environmental, and political engagement. Stern created a total of 28 sets of these linocut prints in 2017, of which one is held in the Joseph A. Labadie Collection in the Special Collections Research Center.