Witness: A Goldstein Symposium on Art and Human Rights

Angela Brown's picture
September 26, 2019
Nebraska, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, German History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Human Rights


Thursday, September 26, the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) Goldstein Center for Human Rights will welcome scholars from across the world to participate in a free symposium on the intersection of contemporary art and human rights, inspired by Samuel Bak's lifework. The symposium runs from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (rooms 201/205/209). No registration is required.

Gary Phillips, author of Just Is in the Art of Samuel Bak, will deliver a lunchtime keynote at noon in the UNO Art Gallery. Hank Greenspan, a psychologist, oral historian, and playwright will present on The Witness at Dramatist at 2:00 p.m. Philosopher Lewis Gordon will close the symposium with an afternoon keynote at 3:00 p.m. on the topic of 'art and the right to a livable life.'


Samuel Bak is a renowned artist and Holocaust survivor who will be visiting the University of Nebraska at Omaha the whole week of the symposium in tandem with a showing of 70 of his creations. The collection spans five decades of Bak's artistic journey, featuring pieces that have been shown in major museums and galleries in cities such as Tel Aviv, New York, Paris, and Rome. His art will be on display through Thursday, November 14.

His showing - and the series of related public events - are free and open to the public.


Contact Info: 

Angela Brown

Project & Design Manager
Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Center for Human Rights

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