Monthly Archives: July 2016

Sara Ross

Book News: The Modes of Human Rights Literature: Towards a Culture without Borders

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Georgia State University English Professor Michael Galchinsky has published his newest work The Modes of Human Rights Literature: Towards a Culture without Borders, released earlier this month. According to publisher Palgrave Macmillan, the author,

[A]rgues that human rights literature both helps the persecuted to cope with their trauma and serves as the foundation for a cosmopolitan ethos of universal civility—a culture without borders. Michael Galchinsky maintains that, no matter how many treaties there are, a rights-respecting world will not truly exist until people everywhere can imagine it.

 You can read more about the book at the publisher’s website here.

Sara Ross

Peter Doig’s Canadian Art Work – Can He Prove it Isn’t His?

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Photo of Peter Doig by Brian McNeil

Recently there has been a bizarre turn of events for artist Peter Doig and the work he created while growing up in central Canada. Doig is being sued by the proprietor of a painting who claims that Doig sold it to him during the 1970s in Thunder Bay, Ontario, when he was Doig’s parole officer. Doig, however, states that the painting is not his. According to Art Forum:

Fletcher said that he bought the painting from a man named Pete Doig for $100. He claims to have served as the man’s parole officer at Thunder Bay Correctional Center in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The painting, which is signed “Pete Doig 76,” was displayed in his home until five years ago when a friend recognized it and informed him that the artist who painted it is now famous.

In order to win the suit, Doig must prove that he did not paint the work while in Thunder Bay. Doig has stated that he believes he is being scammed.

Sara Ross

B.C. Premier Christy Clark Letter to President Barack Obama

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The CBC recently reported that British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has written a letter to US President Barack Obama requesting support in their efforts to regain First Nations artifacts originating in BC, but being housed by American organizations in the US. An initiative has begun where the Royal B.C. Museum and Provincial government have partnered with the Aboriginal peoples of the province in order to develop a plan to have the artifacts returned to Canada. According to the article:

The United States has a law in place that cultural items from graves of American Indians be returned if the owners request the item. Clark said the law should apply to all North American First Nations. Grand Chief Ed John has gone one step further asking the Canadian federal government to put in place a similar law here. “These are not simply objects,” said John, standing beside a collection of First Nations belongings at the Royal B.C. Museum.

You can read more about the event at the CBC website here.