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.
COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GROUPS
Digital Humanities and Social Justice
Sex Trafficking in South Florida
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.
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.
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
PJHR Community partner Barb Schmidt is the former owner of six successful McDonald’s franchises, and in this TEDx talk, she will discuss her journey from a high-powered, but unhappy, entrepreneur to an enormously successful, and happy, businesswoman and spiritual mentor, who knows firsthand that outer peace is achieved through inner peace. She will share her insights and strategies for greater mindfulness, meaning, and purpose in life. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo shares her welcome of the new year with an inspirational message of peace, courage and the wisdom of staying connected to yourself.
See the highlights on Boca Mag TV.
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U.N. International Day of Peace
Monday, Sept. 21, 6 pm University Theatre, FAU Boca Raton
Join FAU’s first Lady Caroline Kelly, guest U.N. Dignitary, community partner Barb Schmidt and FAU Scholars as they celebrate this year’s theme of “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All.” Featuring a performance of “With Voices Raised.” View flyer here.
The Birth of The Cyber Left: Technology, Capitalism, and Contemporary Social Movements
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5pm, General Classroom South, GS 117, FAU Boca Raton
Todd Wolfson is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University. His research focuses on the convergence of new media and social movements and he is author of the recently published book Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left. Wolfson is also a co-founder of the Media Mobilizing Project (www.mediamobilizing.org), which uses media and communications as a core strategy for building a movement of poor and working people in Philadelphia and beyond. Free and open to the public. View flyer here.
John O’Sullivan Memorial Lecture: “Eleanor Roosevelt and the Battle for Human Rights: 1945 to the Present.”
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4 pm, University Theatre, FAU Boca Raton
Featuring Allida M. Black with “Eleanor Roosevelt and the Battle for Human Rights: 1945 to the Present.” A book signing will follow the event. Tickets $20; Groups of 20 or more: $15; Faculty, staff and alumni: $10; FAU students with current ID $5. 800-564-9539 or visit ww.fauevents.com. More information here.