Weidenfeld Scholarship Programme

The Weidenfeld Scholarship Programme and Novel Rights are pleased to invite you to the Weidenfeld debate on The Power of Literature and Human Rights                  Weidenfeld Scholarship Programme       Tuesday, March 6th 6.00-7.30PM, Reception to follow Queen Elizabeth House 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford Literature, specifically fiction, has a unique capacity to touch the hearts and minds of people and engage them in a way that is distinctly different from political or academic texts.

It has the potential to lead to personal or social change. Thus, literature may offer an important tool to educate people about and promote human rights. Join our panelists, the distinguished authors Lisa Appignanesi, Roma Tearne & Marina Nemat as they discuss the role of literature in the face of human rights violations. Facilitated by Susan Hitch, the discussion will explore the role of the authors in human rights work.

Should literature be politically and socially engaged? Should authors take political or social stands? What consequences does it carry for their art? Can NGOs benefit by using literature in their human rights work? Should publishers have a moral obligation regarding the work they choose to publish? This event is open and free to the Oxford community and the general public. We especially welcome authors, scholars of literature, publishers and activists. We hope to foster a discussion that will cross boundaries, stimulate research and facilitate collaboration and action.


We look forward to seeing you Vered Cohen-Brazilay, Novel Rights Yael Litmanovitz on behalf of the Weidenfeld Scholars *Ilustaration: tamarlevi.com Print version: The Weidenfeld Scholarship Programme and Novel Rights are pleased to invite you to debate on: “The Power of Literature and Human Rights” University of Oxford