Museum, U of M form rights team


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THE Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the University of Manitoba are joining forces to further human rights.

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THE Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the University of Manitoba are joining forces to further human rights.

Today, CMHR president and chief executive officer Stuart Murray and U of M president and chancellor David Barnard will sign a memorandum of understanding to implement a partnership for human rights education and research.

“We’re obviously very excited about this,” Murray said. “Especially when you realize 20 per cent of our workforce are University of Manitoba graduates. It speaks volumes of the quality of people who graduate from the U of M.”

Barnard said he’s excited about the possibilities for the university’s faculty and students.

The agreement includes working together on educational and training programs, research, library and archival collections, conferences and workshops, student internships and other opportunities for students, and developing exhibitions.

U of M law professor Karen Busby said there are several initiatives underway at the university to complement what the museum plans to do.

“We have more than 160 experts in human rights at the U of M,” Busby said. “The exhibits at the museum are just the tip of the iceberg. Good museums do research and they do books. We can help them.”

For example, Busby said some sociology and English professors are already working on a project to see if people will empathize with atrocities when exposed to them, while in the school of art they’re working on programming to explore human rights.

As well, the university is working on bringing in several of the world’s foremost thinkers on human rights for a series of lectures to be held to coincide with the museum’s grand opening, scheduled for 2013.

Kevin Rollason

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