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A Conversation with Hannah Rose Thomas

Thursday, January 25, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us in the Library for a conversation between author, artist, and human rights activist Hannah Rose Thomas and President and CEO of the International Peace Institute and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein.

This program introduces Thomas’ new book and coincides with the temporary art exhibition, Tears of Gold — both of which feature portraits of Yazidi, Rohingya, and Nigerian women who have suffered violence in areas of conflict.

 

“One of Hannah’s aims is to capture not only the courage and stoicism of the women who have suffered so much, but also the nobility, dignity, and extraordinary compassion that many of them manage to retain, despite their traumatic experiences. I very much hope that this beautiful book, Tears of Gold, will help enable the Yazidi, Rohingya, and Nigerian women’s voices to be heard, as well as to highlight the issue of the persecution of religious and ethnic minorities in general. All too often, their stories of suffering remain unseen and unheard – but Hannah Thomas is doing tremendous work in bringing their stories out into the open. May her powerful paintings spread the word and, God willing, have a positive impact in relieving the suffering of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised communities around the world.”

HRH Prince Charles (prior to his accession as HM King Charles III)

 

“…using a different color palette for each group…she captures her subjects’ particularities, as well as the sometimes-haunted, sometimes-resolute gaze they share­—which often seems to stare straight through the viewer.”

Publishers Weekly

 

The exhibition can be viewed in the Library from January 11th to January 27th.

Hannah Rose Thomas

Hannah Rose Thomas’s work has been exhibited at the UK Houses of Parliament, European Parliament, Lambeth Palace, and Westminster Abbey. Three of Thomas’s paintings were chosen by HM King Charles III for an exhibition in Buckingham Palace. Thomas is currently a PhD UNESCO Art Lab for Human Rights and Dialogue scholar at the University of Glasgow.

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

Before serving as the International Peace Institute's President and Chief Executive Officer, Zeid served as the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, and as a Jordanian diplomat. He has served on the UN Security Council, was a configuration chair for the UN Peace-Building Commission, and began his career as a UN Peacekeeper in the former Yugoslavia. In 2005, authored the first comprehensive strategy for the elimination of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UN Peacekeeping Operations while serving as an advisor to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

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Thursday, January 25
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