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.

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.

> Inequalities & Social Inclusion

> Environmental Justice
   & Sustainability

> Mindfulness & Wellbeing

> Conflict, Violence
   & Genocide

> Creative Expression
   & Social Change


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





Tenzin Palmo

 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.   Watch the video


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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PJHR 2015 events


>> Printable list of PJHR Events through Spring 2015. View list...


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

Lecture on Chechnya's Northern Caucusus

>> PEACE STUDIES LECTURE SERIES: " The North Caucasus and the Changing Nature of the Chechen Republic, 1980s-1990s,"  Thurs, February 26, 11 am-12:20 pm,  Engineering East (EE 106) Lecture by Mark Kramer, Ph.D.,  Professor at Harvard University  and Program Director of Harvard’s Cold War Studies.

>> "The Dissolution of  Yugoslavia and its International Response:  A 20-Year Retrospective on the Violent Breakup of a Country,"  Thurs, February 26, 12:30-1:50 pm,  Sanson Life Sciences Bldg. (SC 180) Lecture by Nadia Boyadjieva, Ph.D.,  Professor of International Law & International  Relations at the University of Plovdiv and Visiting Senior Scholar for Policy, Strategy,  and International Relations, Harvard University. Both lectures g enerously funded by the Lynn, Wold, Schmidt Peace Studies Endowment.  These events are free and open to the public.   More information at  rshaykhu@fau.edu  or   561-297-3775.

Communist Practices Conference
>> FAU Peace Studies Program and the FAU  Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative present the international conference: Colonizing and De/Re-Colonizing Nations: A Research Inquiry into Communist Practices 25 Years Later on the Boca Raton campus.   Lectures open to the public include: 

"Post-Colonialism as a Discursive  and Political Issue: The Case of Poland,"  12-1 pm, Thurs, March 12, Live Oak Pavilion, Student Union Complex. Lecture by  Cezar Ornatowski, Ph.D., Professor, San Diego State University

"Belated Modernity: The Colonization  of the Future in Post-Communist Culture,"  12-1 pm, Fri, March 13, Senate Chambers, Student Union Building. Lecture by Bogdan Stefanescu, Ph.D., Professor, University of Bucharest, Romania

These Lectures are free an open to the public.  Generously sponsored by the Chastain-Johnston Fund and Lynn, Wold, Schmidt Peace Studies Endowment.  For additional information, email nmarin@fau.edu or  rshaykhu@fau.edu .

James Finley

 >> Conference with Thomas Merton Scholar, James Finley, "A Path to Inner Peace: Freeing the Mind and Heart through Spiritual Sobriety," Friday, April 10 – Sunday, April 12, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing AuditoriumTickets*: $75, $50 FAU Faculty and Staff *includes all programs and lunch (Continuing Education credits may be availa ble). Register required, online at: fauf.fau.edu/compassion. View brochure...  
More information at: 561-297-2337




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