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.
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Leadership Reading Circle: Gandhi

Leadership Reading Circle

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 (http://www.fau.edu/leadandserve) 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. Continue reading here

Student Internship Opportunity

Alliance for Peacebuilding is seeking interns for Spring 2016 in the following program areas: Communications, Membership & Development, and Policymaker Engagement. See opportunities for students. 


2015 Ethics Bowl

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.


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Digital Humanities and Social Justice

Surviving Slavery:  Sex Trafficking in South Florida




New Scholarship for students!

Harry Kramer Scholarship Flyer

The Harry Kramer Scholarship for Peace, Justice, and Human Rights is now available for undergraduates students interested in PJHR. More info here

"GENOCIDE-- A Topic of Grave Importance for Our World" by Youk Chhang

Executive Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, Youk Chhang stands for a portrait. (Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)


Dr. Alan Berger, PJHR Faculty Fellow and Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair for Holocaust Studies, has edited a series of books on genocide, the deliberate and systematic annihilation of a group of people through violence and oppression. Volumes in the series include Jihad and Genocide (2010) by Richard Rubenstein; Balkan Genocides: Holocaust and Ethnic Cleansing in the Twentieth Century (2012) by Paul Mojzes; and Native America and the Question of Genocide (2015) by Alex Alvarez. The series will be of interest to scholars and students in a variety of fields, including genocide studies, political science, history, and criminal justice, as well as interested laypeople. Click here for more information. 

Ilene Prusher is a PJHR Fellow and a lecturer in journalism at FAU. She is a journalist and author who has been covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other Middle Eastern affairs for more than 20 years. She recently published a book review in the NY Times on Dan Ephron's “Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of ­Israel,” Read the article here.  


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 THE PRACTICE  ®  Toolkit for Mindfulness is specially designed for FAU students in SLS 1503: Strategies and Human Development.  Click here for the video and PDF


  Human Rights


Click image above to read a blog from FAU's community partner in Peace Studies Barbara Schmidt.

Agora Project



FAU's Peace, Justice and Human rights Initiative is currently searching for a director. For information on the Director Job Description click here


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.

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"The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction" 
Thursday, Feb. 11, 4:00pm, Social Science Building, room 207
Avinoam J. Patt, the Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, where he is also director of the Museum of Jewish Civilization. Previously, he worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is also director of the "In Our Words Interview Project" with the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors and most recently, is co-editor of an anthology of contemporary American Jewish fiction titled "The New Diaspora: The Changing Face of American Jewish Fiction."

USHMM Panel Discussion Exposing the Darkness: Photography in Conflict Zones

Feb. 9, 5:00 – 8:00pm., FAU Live Oak Pavilion, FAU Boca Raton

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Based on the documentation taken by photojournalists, this event will raise awareness about genocide and crimes against humanity. For more information, email Linda Medvin, lmedvin@fau.edu or call 561-297-2929. 

 "Earth Ethics"

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2:00pm, Theatre Lab, FAU Boca Raton

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Lecture by Dr. Kelly Oliver, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. The first images of Earth from space taken by the Apollo missions met with contradictory responses that are telling in relation to the problems of globalism and the environmental movement today.  In Earth Ethics, Kelly Oliver shows how the “autoimmune” response to seeing the Earth from space signals the need to rethink our bond to the Earth, our status as earthlings, and our relationships with Earth’s co-inhabitants, in a new Earth Ethics. For more information, contact Lauren Guilmette at lguilmette @fau.edu

The Politics Of Women’s Empowerment In Post War Sierra Leone

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4:00-5:30pm, Live Oak Pavilion, FAU Boca Raton

Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference featuring keynote speaker Zainab Bangura, special envoy to the UN Secretary General for Sexual Violence in Conflict. She will give a talk on “Sexual violence in conflict: The Moral Challenges of Our Time.” Free event. More info at www.fau.edu/wgss or contact Dr. Josephine Beoku-Betts at beokubet @ fau .edu


"Keeping Holocaust Memory Alive to Inspire People to Confront Hatred,"

Sunday, Feb. 14, 4 p.m. Performing Arts building, Room 101
Magda Bader, a Holocaust survivor, was born in Munkacs, a small town in Czechoslovakia which later became Hungary. Magda's father was a businessman and she was the youngest of 10 children. Life was good until at age 14 in April 1944, Magda was deported from her home to Auschwitz. Taken at that time were her parents, four sisters and a niece. Magda and three of her sisters survived Auschwitz, escaping from a concentration camp at Tannenberg in April 1945.

Alan B. Larkin Symposium On The American Presidency

Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Thursday, Feb. 18, Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium, FAU Boca Raton

“The President and American Capitalism Since 1945,” featuring keynote speaker Brian Balogh.

Admission: $35, FAU faculty staff alumni $10, students $5. For tickets, call 1-800-564-9539 or visit www. fauevents .com.

Chaos & Governance in the 21st Century: Prospects & Challenges to Peace & Justice in the Age of US Hegemonic Decline

Thursday & Friday, Feb. 18 & 19, 9:00am-5:00pm, House Chambers, Student Activities Center, FAU Boca Raton

At the close of the 20th century Giovanni Arrighi and Beverly Silver published, Chaos and Governance in the Modern-World System (1999), an intellectual tour de force that examined the rise of market fundamentalism, the financialization of capital, economic globalization, and US hegemonic decline. This conference, co-organized by the Johns Hopkins Arrighi Center for Global Studies ( http://krieger.jhu.edu/arrighi/ ), brings together leading international, national, and local scholars to revisit these questions nearly two decades later. Peace Studies Conference. Free event. More info at www. fau .edu/ peacestudies

Public Reading Of The Work By Dwayne Betts, Followed By A Q&A

Thursday, Feb. 18, 7:00pm, Majestic Palm Room, Student Union, FAU Boca Raton

Public reading of the work by Reginald Dwayne Betts. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Betts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. An award-winning writer and poet, Mr. Betts’ memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, was the recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for non-fiction. In 2010 he was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship to complete The Circumference of a Prison, a work of nonfiction exploring the criminal justice system. In addition to his writing, Mr. Betts is National Spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice, a not for profit organization dedicating to ending the practice of sendingjuveniles to prison with adults. For more information, contact Rebecca McKay at rmckay3@fau.edu

Trialogue: Beating Plowshares into Swords: Religion and Violence

Sunday, Feb. 21, 7:30pm, University Theater, FAU Boca Raton

This trialogue between Rabbi A. James Rudin, Dr. Peter A. Pettit, and Imam Antepli brings together three leading experts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It is sponsored by B’nai Torah Congregation, Florida Atlantic University, and St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church. Contact Bonnie Lander at blander @ fau .edu for more information.


"Unscrolled: The Torah on Display"

Thursday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.,  Fleming Hall, FAU Boca Raton
Jenna Weissman Joselit, the Charles E. Smith professor of Judaic Studies and professor of history at George Washington University. Joselit is the author, among other things, of "The Wonders of America," which received the National Jewish Book Award in History, and "A Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character and the Promise of America." She also writes a monthly column for
The Forward, which is now in its 16th consecutive year of publication.

Greening Death – Reclaiming Burial Practices & Restoring Our Tie to the Earth

Monday, Feb. 29, 2:00pm, CU 301, FAU Boca Raton

We once disposed of our dead in earth-friendly ways – no chemicals, biodegradable containers, dust to dust. But over the last 150 years death care has become a toxic, polluting and alienating industry in the U.S. Over the last fifteen years, however, people have been slowly waking up to the possibility of more sustainable and less disaffecting death care, reclaiming old practices in new ways, in a new age. Kelly will discuss the philosophical and historical backstory to this awakening, highlight the passionate on-the-ground work of the Green Burial Movement, and raise questions about some of the obstacles and other challenges getting in the way of more robust mobilization.

 Agora Project:  “Campus Carry” Forums and Action Pavilions

Monday, Feb. 29, 2:00pm, Free Speech Lawn, FAU Boca Raton

In conjunction with student efforts and with university faculty, staff and administrators the Agora Project will sponsor a series of events to raise awareness and facilitate campus dialogue on the various proposals to allow citizens to carry firearms on Florida college and university campuses. Events will include a panel discussion, open forum for public participation and information/action stations providing the opportunity for citizens to get engaged with legislative process prior to votes on the bills in late spring. For more information, contact Bill Trapani at wtrapan1@fau.edu .


"From Yesterday to Today, The Church, Antisemitism, and the Jews" 

Sunday, April 3, 2:30 p.m.,  Engineering East building, room 106

Kevin Spicer of Stonehill College. Spicer is the James J. Kenneally Distinguished Professor of History at Stonehill College, Easton, Mass. Spicer's research centers on the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the German state under National Socialism. He is the author of "Hitler's Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism and "Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler's Berlin."

CHHRE 20152016 events

View the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education 2015-2016 events here