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





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. 


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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


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

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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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  Peaceful Mind event

Transforming the Addictive Habits of the Mind

Saturday, Dec. 5, 10am-12:30pm. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6-8:30pm. Senate Chambers, FAU Boca Raton. 

Learn how to let go of what does not serve you and to create space for your best self to emerge. The workshops will offer guidance on learning how to let go of what does not serve you, and to creating space for your “best self to emerge,” according to Schmidt.Schmidt is the founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life and a teacher of practical mindfulness tools called “The Practice.” She has been conducting workshops on peaceful, mindful living for 10 years. For more information about “The Practice,” click here. The Peaceful Mind/Peaceful Life Series is presented by FAU’s Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative, in partnership with the Schmidt Family Foundation. $30 each workshop. For more information, call 561-297-2337 or click here




Wednesday, Jan 20, 5pm, FAU Living Room Theaters, FAU Boca Raton

This movie is about Raphael Lemkin, the man who created the word “genocide,” and believed the law could protect the world from mass killings. The movie takes you on a journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action. For tickets and more information, visit fau.livingroomtheaters.com

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Performance by Heather Coltman and the Amernet String Quartet

Friday, January 22, 7 pm, University Theatre, FAU Boca Raton

Heather Coltman and the Amernet String Quartet: Rare performances of music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, who was a Polish-Soviet Jewish composer and colleague of Shostakovich. This performance features his piano quintet among other works. Tickets $20 at www.fauevents.com or 800-564-9539

  CHHRE 20152016 events

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

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