On Friday, February 26th, Jeffrey A. Dodge, Associate Dean of Students & Administration and Associate Clinical Professor of Law, presented "The Relationship Between Music and International Human Rights" as part of the UI Jazz Festival's Thinking About College workshop series. The workshop description is below. The UI Argonaut also did a preview story about the presentation.
Like all other human beings, every individual musician is protected by a number of human rights, including the right to freedom of association, freedom of religion, to family and private life, to food, housing and education, etc. — all according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. All human rights are as important for musicians as they are for everyone else, but two of these rights are of special relevance for musicians: the freedom of expression and the right to participate in cultural life. Together, these two rights offer a special protection of musicians against arbitrary censorship and persecution. This workshop will briefly explore the legal foundation of these human rights as it relates to music and musicians worldwide.