The SEFLIN 2022 Fall Meeting of the Membership Council will take place at the Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery, Alvin Sherman Library, Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314.
Door open at 9 am. Complimentary breakfast and refreshments provided.
Keynote by Robert Kesten, Executive Director, Stonewall National Museum and Archives.
America's Role in Ukraine from Freedom to WarWhy have we have come to this moment in world history? How does the fighting in Europe with a Russian invasion of Ukraine impact us in the United States? What is the role the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in conflict? If we are serious about ongoing solutions locally, nationally, and internationally, the Declaration offers a unique pathway to a world that by respecting human dignity brings us closer to finding peaceful solutions to the problems we face.Kesten was on the ground in Kyiv as preparations began for Ukraine to leave the Soviet Union where he worked with top officials, members of minority communities, the arts and cultural communities, and foreign governments.In that time, he met with President George H.W. Bush and other global figures, drafted the official Ukrainian press release when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was put under house arrest in Crimea, encouraged Ukraine to become the first Soviet Republic (and first former republic) to decriminalize homosexuality, and produced the 50th Commemoration of the massacre at Babyn Yar, recently hit by Russian missile strikes.In addition, Kesten conceptualized the United Nations Decade on Human Rights Education (1995-2004) which was approved unanimously by the UN General Assembly. He has traveled globally speaking on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, encouraging people to read it, know it, and claim it as the best way to preserve and strengthen democracy, hold government accountable, and ensure the dignity of every woman, man, and child everywhere around the world.
This project has been funded under the provisions of the Library Cooperative Grant program, which is administered by the Florida Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services