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Hammering Out Human Rights: Eleanor Roosevelt

Go back in time with the Humanities ND series, "Chautauqua & Chat: Notable Americans," featuring chautauqua performer Susan Marie Frontczak as Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Chautauqua & Chat event with chautauqua performer Susan Marie Frontczak as Eleanor Roosevelt

Event to be shown virtually but attendees will watch as a group in Touchmark's Chapel. Attendees have the opportunity to ask questions of both the historical character and the scholar after the performance.

January 25, 2024

2-3pm CT

Hammering Out Human Rights: Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations 

Dubbed "First Lady of the World" by President Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt speaks of the ground-breaking, grueling, tempestuous, and eventually triumphant development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a Magna Carta for humankind. Along the way, we gain insights to what brought Mrs. Roosevelt to be at the United Nations in the first place and the fears that are currently (in 1950) stoking animosities between the Soviet Union and the United States. You may be surprised to find out why Human Rights are important to your life and to the strength of the country. 

Scholar Bio: 

Susan Marie Frontczak, Storysmith®, has developed six historical figures for Chautauqua over the last 24 years, reaching audiences to date in 43 of the United States and nine countries abroad: Scientist Marie Curie, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, author Mary Shelley, dancer Irene Castle, Civil War nurse and American Red Cross founder Clara Barton, and humorist/author Erma Bombeck. Susan Marie has been coaching youth since 2004 and adults since 2008 to develop their own Living History presentations. She authored the Young Chautauqua handbooks for Colorado Humanities. In 2022, Susan Marie served on the faculty for North Dakota’s Chautauqua Training Institute, bringing a new set of adult scholars to the Chautauqua stage. She says her biggest challenge with Mrs. Roosevelt is to choose what pieces of her immense life to include in any given presentation.

HND Value Statement

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Humanities North Dakota. However, in an increasingly polarized world, we at Humanities North Dakota believe that being open-minded is necessary to thinking critically and rationally. Therefore, our programs and classes reflect our own open-mindedness in the inquiry, seeking, and acquiring of scholars to speak at our events and teach classes for our Public University. To that end, we encourage our participants to join us in stepping outside our comfort zones and considering other perspectives and ideas by being open-minded while attending HND events featuring scholars who hold a variety of opinions, some being opposite of our own held beliefs.

Humanities North Dakota classes and events are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities

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