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
Mindfulness & Wellbeing
& Social Change
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
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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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).
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.
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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
PJHR colloquium: "The U.S. Occupation of Haiti and the rise of Caribbean Anticolonialism." Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Noon in the Culture and Society Building (CU 301). The 1920s and 1930s are usually viewed as crucial years for the emergence of modern Caribbean politics and literature throughout the region. The U.S. occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934 crucially shaped those movements. Led by Raphael Dalleo, Associate Professor of English at FAU and a Peace, Justice and Human Rights Faculty Fellow. He is the author of Caribbean Literature and the Public Sphere: From the Plantation to the Postcolonial (University of Virginia Press, 2011), coauthor of The Latino/a Canon and The Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature, and coeditor of Haiti and the Americas.
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"Understanding the Potential of Chinese Non-Governmental Organizations,"
Lecture by Jennifer YJ Hsu, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Thursday, February 12, 5 pm, College of Business Bldg. (BU 120). The broad appeal of studying non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to understand state and social transformation is evident: They are at once beacons of democracy and alternative social service providers. This lecture will examine the potential of Chinese NGOs in contributing to state and social transformation across four NGO sectors: environment, HIV/AIDS, migrants and general social service delivery.
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>> 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 Auditorium. Tickets*: $75, $50 FAU Faculty and Staff *includes all programs and lunch (Continuing Education credits may be availa
ble). Register required, online at:
More information at: 561-297-2337