Morgan O'Hara - Handwriting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Date & Time

135 days ago


Upper East Side


Under the chairmanship of Eleanor Roosevelt, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. Drafted in the shadow of World War II and passed as Cold War tensions were on the rise, the document was unanimously adopted with few abstentions. Signatories pledged their commitment to the inherent dignity, worth, and inalienable rights of every human being, regardless of race, religion, gender, political persuasion, or national origin. For the 70th anniversary of the Declaration’s signing, Carnegie Council is teaming up with Morgan O'Hara of "Handwriting the Constitution." For this special event, we will be opening our doors as a space for members of our community to copy the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by hand. This session is part of Morgan O’Hara’s long-term project to handwrite key documents. The process is important, as she writes, “Hand copying a document can produce an intimate connection to the text and its meaning.” This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Declaration and to bring the text to life in a new and personal way. Translated copies can be made available in Italian, German, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Russian, and any other language upon request. Pens, paper, and copies of the document will be provided. Morgan O'Hara is an artist. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, the British Museum, and elsewhere.

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