J.D. Bowers’ guest lecture was the most influential and inspiring in my opinion. His speech provided information and awareness of matters that were helpful in other writing assignments for this course. J.D. Bowers, Director of the Honors College, spoke on the role of the United Nations, as well as other nations involved in genocide prevention and punishment. For those not familiar with the United Nations, it is an organization that maintains international peace and security, promotes sustainable development, protects human rights, upholds international law, and delivers humanitarian aid. J.D. Bowers focused on one specific topic of discussion, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document was created in reaction to World War II, which was a huge turning point in the development of human rights. During the time of war, the Holocaust created awareness of inequality and issues associated with human rights. The Holocaust led to these set of principles, given the name “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948. This document was a milestone in history, as it was to be used as a common standard for human rights to be universally accepted.
Bowers continued his presentation regarding the views of different Countries perspectives on human rights. For example, in China, Mencius, a Chinese philosopher, submitted a document saying that mankind was naturally inclined to do good, to aspire to social conduct, harmony, and prudent actions. Islamic ideas were that people are absolute equals, irrespective of race, religion, nationality, or status. J.D. Bower’s speech gave me a better understanding of the breakthrough to human rights and different perspectives as to why equality is important. The knowledge I gained on the issue helped me throughout this course when discussing the concern of human rights. I found this guest lecture incredibly inspiring. I have always been an advocate of equalized human rights, and therefore, I enjoyed J.D. Bower’s presentation immensely.
When doing research on Ethiopia, I gained a numerous amount of insights regarding my country. It was fascinating developing an understanding of Ethiopian’s everyday life, such as their forms of transportation, etc. Ethiopia is a rather diverse country, with many different languages spoken. Throughout my research, I came to find that Ethiopia is a region of beautiful landscape, including vast lands and enormous mountains. Despite the beautiful appearance, I also became knowledgeable on all of the problems Ethiopia is experiencing; from environmental problems, such as devastating droughts and consequences of global warming, to human rights issues found among the region. Ethiopia is taking remarkable steps to becoming a more nondiscriminatory society, particularly for women. Throughout my research, I came to find that Ethiopia is a region of extreme poverty, devastation, and many problems; however, I found it incredible all the steps Ethiopia is taking to provide for a more enhanced and improved society.