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Human Rights Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
LIB 324
Rod Library, West 27th Street,Cedar Falls, IA, United States

Rod Library is hosting a Human Rights Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Friday, September 21 from 12-5 p.m. (Room 324) in conjunction with the Frederick Douglass Power of Words Festival. Come to learn to edit Wikipedia and share information about human rights activists, equality, and social justice causes on the fifth most used website in the world.

This event honors Frederick Douglass's legacy as an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement and a champion for human rights and equality for all peoples. Due to a lack of diversity among Wikipedia's editorship, there are critical gaps in the information available on the free encyclopedia, especially around topics related to race, gender, and class. In the spirit of Douglass's social justice work, we hope to change that.

All computer skill levels are welcome. We recommend attendees create a unique Wikipedia account before the Edit-a-thon, but help will be provided at the event to create an account if needed. Feel free to bring your own laptop; computers will be available.

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UNI-sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Susan Basye, Rod Library, at 319/273-2737 or susan.basye@uni.edu at least one week prior to the event.

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