EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—This January, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) hosts two programs that will bring the community together to share their diverse perspectives on the world around them.

The library hosts “Protecting Human Rights in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities” on Tuesday, January 23 at 7 pm. Led by Dr. Bill Fernekes, the program discusses how human rights issues have local, national and global dimensions. Understanding the perennial tensions in addressing human rights issues and the importance of activism will help us be prepared for protecting the rights of all in the 21st century.

Fernekes holds an MA in Latin American history and an Ed.D. in social studies education from Rutgers University. He now teaches courses in social studies education, human rights and education, global education and teacher preparation at Rider University and the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. A dedicated advocate of human rights education and social justice, he is currently a member of the national steering committee of Human Rights Educators USA.

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This program is co-sponsored by the East Brunswick Human Relations Council. It will be streamed on Facebook Live via the library’s Facebook account, which you can access online at www.facebook.com/eastbrunswicklibrary.

East Brunswick Public Library also hosts its second World Café program on Tuesday, January 30 at 7 pm. Titled “How Can We Give Back?”, this event allows attendees to connect diverse perspectives, learn new insights and share collective discoveries about this place we call home...East Brunswick.

The World Café setting allows participants to enhance collaborative wisdom and share knowledge in small intimate groups. Registration is encouraged as there is limited seating. To register, please call the library at 732-390-6767 or visit the library’s online calendar at www.ebpl.org/calendar.

Both programs are free and open to the public.