Part of the Human Rights Conference, Halifax Central Library: 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax
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. Literature can be an important tool to educate people about and promote human rights. Moderated by Dr. Tatjana Takševa, professor of English and Women and Gender Studies at Saint Mary’s University, this panel brings together: Ami McKay, author of The Birth House and The Virgin Cure; Stephen Law, author of Tailings of Warren Peace; and Michael Crummey, poet and author of Sweetland, which is featured in AI’s Book Club for the month of May. The panelists will discuss the stories they have told in their books about prejudices and injustices as well as about the dignity and generosity of the human spirit. The panel will explore the role of the author 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?