The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
As 2013 draws to a close, we are reflecting once again on the importance of human rights worldwide and the upstanders who, throughout history, have advocated for our universal human rights. December marks the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the United Nations established in the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust. We hope you join us for our free online workshop this month on Teaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sign up today!
How will your school honor human rights – this month, and year round? At Mount Alvernia High School in Newton, Massachusetts, Facing History students drafted their own Human Dignity and Respect Pledge (see above), which they posted on a bulletin board right near the school's cafeteria. What would be on your Human Dignity and Respect Pledge? Tweet your answer to @facinghistory.
For Our Network Teachers
Learn about Eleanor Roosevelt's pivotal role in helping to bring about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Download a free PDF of Facing History's resource Fundamental Freedoms: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
View Eleanor Roosevelt, a PBS American Experience documentary chronicling Eleanor's early life, as well as her work advocating for women's rights, civil rights, and human rights on a global scale.
Watch the powerful film The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court in your classroom and use Facing History's accompanying educator's guide and self-paced online workshop to discuss issues of judgment and international law.
Mary Ann Glendon, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and author of A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, talks about how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights came to be and the meaning and role it plays in our world today.
An innovative new resource for educators in a Jewish setting, Facing History’s Sacred Texts, Modern Questions takes readers on a journey between the sacred texts and the questions that shape our present. From moral courage in Pharaoh's Egypt, to struggles of conscience and faith in Hitler's Europe, to readings from today's influential thinkers, Sacred Texts, Modern Questions promotes an understanding of how Jewish values can inspire students to combat prejudice with compassion, and indifference with participation.