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“The World as it Could Be: Human Rights from the Ashes of War” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Turns 75.

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library
Independence, MO

Monday, December 11, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST

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Karenbeth Zacarias will be the keynote speaker. Zacharias is the Division Chair for Humanities and Liberal Arts and the Director of the Lawrence D. Starr Center for Peace and Justice. She has been on the faculty at the University of Saint Mary since August 2013. Dr. Zacharias holds a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kansas, also her alma mater for her BA in History. Her research interests include Genocide and the impact of colonialism in the modern world. The immediate past president of the International Relations Council of Greater Kansas City, she is also the secretary of the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City and a member of the Board of The Folly Theater.


Dr. Zacharias’ passion for the world began in high school at North Kansas City HS. She was a member of the American Field Service program and hosted an exchange student from Finland and was an AFS student to Turkey in the Summer of 1974. The opportunity to experience the world through the eyes of other global citizens deeply impacted her love of history and her engagement with the world.


Dr. Zacharias and her husband reside in Overland Park, Kansas.


Free and open to the general public. Registration is required. 


5:30 pm Light refreshments

6:00 pm Event begins 

7:00 pm 30-minute guided tour


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