Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) utilizes UDHR drawings in study materials:
From Jorge Minella,
Team supervisor - NUTE
In May 2015 the Brazilian Ministry of Education will launch the online specialization course on Education, Poverty and Social Inequality. The course will be offered to teachers, school administration staff, secretaries of education and other professionals whose work is related to education and public social policies all around Brazil.
The main purpose of the course is to provide them with discussions and tools to deal with a relatively new phenomenon in Brazilian education – the universalization of access to basic education in the country. Today, around 97% of people from 6 to 17 years old attend school. From them, 17,476,882 children and youngsters come from families whose income is below the poverty line. Most of them rely on Bolsa Família, one of the largest and most successful social security policies for poor families – either if their members are employed in informal jobs, or completely unemployed. The program requires the family to keep their children studying in order to obtain government support. What questions do those students bring to educational practices and policies? That is what the course puts forward.
The course’s study material, to be accessed online, is being produced by the Educational Technology Laboratory (NUTE) of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, which relies on the production of base-texts from different authors of Brazilian universities. One of the course’s study materials, concerning poverty, education and human rights, written by Professor Erasto Fortes Mendonça from the University of Brasilia, features the work of the British-American artist William T. Ayton, who generously ceded a series of his drawings based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to illustrate one of the educational resources developed by the editing team. Access the resource, a pdf with the Declaration in Portuguese, with William’s drawings, is here.
We, from the editing team of the Education Technology Laboratory of the Federal University of Santa Catarina are very thankful to the helpful collaboration of the artist, whose great work surely will contribute to the study of thousands of Brazilian educators.
An Introduction to International Human Rights
Standards for Law Enforcement Authorities
by Silvia Scarpa
published by UniversItalia
1991 painting of Article 5 (against torture and cruel and
inhuman punishment) is featured on the cover of this new
book by Silvia
Scarpa, an Italian professor. She teaches
Human Rights, Contemporary Slavery and Human Trafficking,
International Law, and International Migration at John Cabot
University in Rome, Italy. She is also the author of the
in Human Beings: Modern Slavery (Oxford
University Press, 2008).
The web page where the book can be purchased is
WDEE in Lund, Sweden, February 2011
digital exhibit in Lund, Sweden
The digital version (see news item below) of the Ayton
UDHR art series is available for both public and private
events around the globe. The photos on the left are from
an event that took place in Lund, Sweden in early 2011. They
demonstrate how the UDHR slideshow can be used in an educational
setting, in this case for a meeting of around 30 university students.
The event was organized within the framework of the "Where
Does Europe End?*" Project of AEGEE (European Students'
Forum, youth NGO) on the topic of human rights.
contact firstname.lastname@example.org for
more info about the UDHR Powerpoint slideshow.
Thanks to Hatem Efe for sending us the photos.
'Where Does Europe End' project functions within the framework
of AEGEE (European Students' Forum), a student organisation
that promotes co-operation, communication and integration among
young people in Europe. As a non-governmental, politically
independent and non-profit organisation. AEGEE is open to students
and young professionals from all faculties and disciplines
- today it counts 15.000 members, active in more that 240 university
cities in 43 European countries, making it the biggest interdisciplinary
student association in Europe.
Where does Europe End project is concerned with European identity
and the future of European integration. For this purpose, this
project is conceived as a series of conventions, each with
a different thematic focus, covering different countries
UDHR at the U.N.
William T. Ayton honored at the U.N. for the 60th anniversary of the UDHR. A digital version of the UDHR art exhibit was shown at the ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations in New York on Dec 10, 2008. The digital exhibit premiered on Nov 5, 2008, at the BSR Conference in New York City attended by approximately 1200 people from 50 countries. The exhibit consists of the painted UDHR images & the text of each Article (does not include the Preamble.) We can make this digital slideshow (.ppt file) available to both non-profits & for-profit events, etc. Please contact email@example.com for more info.
UDHR Spanish Version Short Video
The 2-minute (approx.) video to the right was put together recently using the images from the UDHR Spanish painted series.
UDHR Short Video
The 2-minute (approx.) video to the left was put together using the images from the UDHR painted series, & gives an overview of how the pieces develop sequentially. There is no soundtrack to this video at this time.
New UDHR painted image
The new small painting (right), done in February 2008, is the first of a possible series of human-rights related pieces that Ayton has done since the early 90's.
Considering that 2008 is the 60th Anniversary of the UDHR, the artist felt it would be appropriate to re-examine some of the symbols & images from the original works.
The piece is entitled "The Vessel", the name coined by Jeanne C. Findlay for the central symbol in many of the paintings, which morphs & reappears throughout the artworks.
"The Vessel", acrylic on board, 10" x 8", 2008.
New UDHR painted image #2
Another new small painting, from the same series as above. This is a variation on the symbol in Article 18 (the right to freedom of thought, conscience & religion).
"The Vessel II ", acrylic on board, 10" x 8", 2008.
Article 23 painting on book cover,
Cambridge University Press, 2007
Trade Imbalance book
painting for UDHR Article 23 (the right to work) was reproduced
on the cover of "Trade Imbalance" (Cambridge
University Press) by
Susan Ariel Aaronson & Jamie M. Zimmerman in October
2007. The book had its own web
site (no longer active), & several events surrounding
the book were held in various institutions (Penn State
University, Boston College, Harvard, etc).