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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.


Mehmet Gurses Dr. Mehmet Gurses, Associate Professor in Political Science received funding from Zeki Fesih Mert to establish the Mert Family Peace Research Fund. The funding will support program and research efforts of Dr. Gurses in post-civil war peace building and democratization.

 The  Atas Peace Fund   was also created to support program and research efforts of Mehmet Gurses in post-civil war peace building and democratization to continue academic excellence in this field for other scholars and students at FAU




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Doris Sommer

A public lecture and panel discussion titled Art Works: Cultural Agents Tackle Urgent Social Challenges was held on Monday, October 6, 2014 at Florida Atlantic University’s University Theater. Attended by more than 150 people, this lecture featured Dr. Doris Sommer and was made possible by the University Galleries, the generosity of Lalita and Walter Janke, and the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative (PJHR).  More...

Human Rights Day 2014
Several leading legislators continued the push for equity during Human Rights Day at the Florida Capitol. State Senator Dwight Bullard from Miami, brought in noted leaders in education and human rights. Dr. Rose Gatens, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at Florida Atlantic University and Gracia Bennish, President of United for Human Rights Florida were just two of the presenters. More…

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The College recently announced two Collaborative Research Grants. The first, is titled "Digital Humanities and Social Justice." The second, is titled "Surviving Slavery: Sex Trafficking in South Florida. "The “Digital Humanities and Social Justice” research group will enable a year-long series of workshops and associated events on various topics, including ethics of incarceration, immigration reform, environmental practice, freedom of speech, labor laws, gender politics and legislation, human rights, racial profiling, and the historic complexities of discrimination. More…

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The second group's research on "Surviving Slavery: Sex Trafficking in South Florida will focus on the problem of sex trafficking and more specifically the gap in outreach efforts to victims by organizations and government agencies. More…

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CHHRE Schedule

>>  The Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at FAU announces their schedule of events for 2014-15. View schedule here…  For more information, contact Dr. Rosanna M. Gatens, Director, at  Rgatens@fau.edu

Christopher Browning>> Wed, Oct 29, 2014, 4 pm  - The John O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture,  Hitler and the Decisions for the Final Solution  featuring Professor Christopher Browning,  one of the most distinguished scholars of the Holocaust currently working.  University Theatre, Boca Raton Campus.  For tickets, directions and other information, call 800-564-9539 or visit  www.fauevents.com  or visit the FAU Box Office located in the Student Union Building.  Admission: $20; Groups of 20 or more: $15; Faculty, Staff and Alumni: $10; FAU students with current student ID: $5. 

Lessons and Legacies

Thurs, Oct 30 - Mon, Nov 2, Windham Hotel in Boca. In partnership with the Holocaust Educational Foundation (HEF), Florida Atlantic University will host Lessons and Legacies XIII, “The Holocaust after 70 Years: New Perspectives on Persecution, Resistance, and Survival.” The HEF co-sponsors this biannual conference, the top conference in its field, the first weekend in November. Interdisciplinary and international in scope, the conference typically attracts 200-250 scholars and teachers of the Shoah from around the world. The book series, featuring selected referred conference presentations, published by Northwestern University Press has received great critical acclaim. Click  here  for more information. 

Trans* Initiative

>> Thursday, Nov 6, 6-8 pm, College of Education Building (ED) 119, FAU Boca Raton - The Second Annual Trans* Initiative Forum: Transgender Research, Social Work and Advocacy in South Florida Panel Discussion.   More information here...


Pacific Aviation Museum >> Sunday, Nov 9, 2 pm, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Fort Island Hawaii: With their Voices Raised. The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and the Alliance for Drama Education invite you to experience this documentary theater performance that highlights the stories of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima survivors. Written by Kate Morris. For tickets and information call 808-441-1007 or visit PacificAviationMuseum.org . View  program flyer. View  Researchers’ Notes.


Gabby Bernstein An Evening of Peace & Inspiration with ‘New York Times’ Bestselling Author Gabrielle Bernstein and Friends, 5-9 pm, Wed., November 12, Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, FAU Boca Raton 
Join Barb Schmidt, founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, for a Wellness Expo at 5 pm and Workshop at 6:30 pm with natural skincare entrepreneur Tata Harper, singer Skye Dyer, author Serena Dyer. At 7 pm, Gabrielle Bernstein will present “Your Presence is Your Power.” Q&A and book signing to follow. Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Alumni, faculty and staff $20; Students $5 with school ID. Admission includes gifts from Expo exhibitors and a cd/video gift from Bernstein. Tickets at 800-564-9539 or at  www.fauevents.com
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