For many, a prerequisite to peace is the development of compassion and respect. One path to cultivating that compassion and respect is to articulate a core set of rights that all human communities can embrace.
Building on the College's success of the Peace Studies Program, which is generously funded by the Schmidt Family Foundation, and supported by the Lynn-Wold-Schmidt Peace Studies Endowment, this initiative seeks to bring together the various entities on campus invested in the themes of Human Rights, Peace and Social Justice, both locally and globally.
Leadership Reading Circle: Gandhi
Leadership Reading Circles are small groups of students who gather on a weekly basis to read and discuss a book applicable to leadership development. FAU’s Weppner Center for LEAD and Service Learning (
) brings this unique opportunity to students who are interested in gaining leadership knowledge through reading by providing them with a copy of the book for free. This semester, the students participating in the Leadership Reading Circle have been reading and discussing A Higher Standard of Leadership: Lessons from the Life of Gandhi by Keshavan Nair.
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2015 Ethics Bowl: This year's Ethics Bowl was a great success! 25 undergraduate students participated in the inaugural ‘Ethics Bowl’ on FAU’s Jupiter Campus on Friday, March 27, 2015. The event was sponsored by the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative with additional support from the Wilkes Honors College. Six teams were given an ethical controversy to debate, and after stating and defending their position, they fielded questions from four faculty judges. Among the topics were ‘Ethics in the workplace’, ‘privacy in public places’, and the extent to which the state can regulate people’s choices, such as, to refuse to undergo surgery or to purchase unhealthy foods. The winning team (shown in the photo along with the faculty judges) consisted of John Blozinski, Kaitlyn Shotwell, Sean Crary, Nolan McKenna, and Andrew Faris.
COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GROUPS
Digital Humanities and Social Justice
Sex Trafficking in South Florida
PJHR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Steven D. Roper, Ph.D., has been appointed as the founding executive director of the Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative at Florida Atlantic University. Roper also will serve as a professor in the Department of Political Science within FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.
Based on the strength of our faculty´s teaching, research, and creative accomplishments and the dynamic community partners with whom we work, the Initiative has established five central areas of inquiry and action, which we expect will grow as the Initiative matures and prospers.
3rd Sea-Level Rise Summit: “A Warming Arctic: Shared Futures from Alaska to Florida”