Public invited to join discussions on museums and human rights

Winnipeggers have had a year to experience their new human rights museum. Now it’s time to reflect.

Join law and graduate students at a free, public seminar series on the Idea of a Human Rights Museum, led by the University of Manitoba professors whose book of the same title will be launched Oct. 14 (Idea of a Human Rights Museum, edited by Karen Busby, Adam Muller & Andrew Woolford).

Questions up for discussion include: Why have human rights museums? What does it mean to decolonize a museum? Is there an ethical way to bear witness to another person’s violation?

Speakers include professors from the universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg and other experts. Most seminars will be held Monday afternoons between Sept. 14 and Nov. 30 in Robson Hall on the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus.

“Each year, we select a current human rights topic and invite thoughtful members of the public to sit beside senior university students taking the course for credit,” said law Prof. Karen Busby, who is co-ordinating the seminar series. “The real-world questions raised by members of the public help our students think in ways that are fresh and relevant. Meanwhile, people who have been away from university for a while are intrigued to learn what researchers are exploring these days.”

The full schedule is available on the Centre for Human Rights Research website (, where you can also join an email list to receive seminar reminders and other notices about human rights events on campus. For those who can’t make it out to campus, written summaries and audio podcasts of the seminars will be posted on the website.

For more information, contact: Karen Busby at: 204-474-6155 or email: [email protected]

University of Manitoba Press is grateful for the support it receives for its publishing program from the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund; the Canada Council for the Arts; the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage, and Tourism; the Manitoba Arts Council; and the Aid to Scholarly Publishing Programme.