News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 16, 2014

EDITORIAL: An event worth watching

Human Rights Day on ISU’s Tuesday agenda


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Just across that invisible boundary between campus and city, knowledge, perspectives and — yes — opinions abound on topics of vital import to our lives in the 21st century.

Nearly every day, Indiana State University, because of its size, mission and resident expertise, offers Terre Haute and towns in its orbit programs, lectures, performances and speeches that reflect and explain our world.

One special concentration of presentations this week merits your extra attention. It is collectively called Human Rights Day, and on Tuesday the 13th annual iteration of that event is scheduled to take place in the Hulman Memorial Student Union building at the center of ISU.

If it’s one of our more pressing social issues — marriage in Indiana, homelessness, poverty, hunger — it’s probably on the Human Rights Day agenda.

The event begins with a keynote speech by Sister Simone Campbell titled “Living with Dignity: Responding to the Cries Around Us.”

In that and 15 other sessions (see www.indstate.edu/hrd), the event’s organizers seek to illustrate the seriousness of distressing societal issues — and offer at least modest ideas about their solutions.

If you haven’t attended a Human Rights Day in the event’s 12 previous years, consider carving out some time Tuesday, between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. You don’t have to agree with everything you hear, but expect to hear something that challenges your assumptions.

And it’s free — as is the thinking the event invites.