Peace, Justice and Human Rights Certificates

[ Mission Statement ] 

The Peace, Justice and Human Rights (PJHR) Certificates at Florida Atlantic University are committed to the extensive investigation and understanding of the causes of peace from a multidisciplinary perspective. The program invites the active participation of students at all academic levels as well as the broader community.

[ 2016  Announcements + and Events] 

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NIMT Not In My Town
A Musical Drama in one act based on the events surrounding the death of Matthew Shepard. Performed by Opera Fusion.  Words and Music by Michael W. Ross. 

Saturday, Sept. 24, 7 pm     | Sunday, Sept. 25, 3 pm
University Theatre, FAU Boca Raton
Tickets $20 at 800-564-9539 or  www.fauevents.com   

"Not in My Town" is the story of the events surrounding the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student who was beaten and left tied to a fence to die. The murder brought national and international attention to hate crime legislation.  As a result, Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James  Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. “There are parallels to other civil rights movements – bullying and prejudice of all types can happen anywhere. My subjects involve themes of social injustice and are very personal to me.” – Michael W. Ross.  Opera Fusion is a nonprofit artist-driven company of professional South Florida singers. Executive Director Birgit Fioravante said, “This work has everything a new ‘opera’ should have – great music, great drama, and a riveting story. The tonal palate is somewhere between grand opera and musical theater... It has the potential to move people much in the same way ‘West Side Story’ first did in its day.” The World Premier will be the culmination of FAU’s International Week of Peace 2016, a series of peace-related lectures and events starting on the United Nations Day of Peace on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. More information about Peace Week at www.fau.edu/pjhr  



Peace Studies Joan Joseph Foundation Scholarship
The Joan Joseph Foundation offers an academic year scholarship of $500 each to an eligible student whose work demonstrates support and continuous interest in the area of peace studies. Preference will be given to undergraduate students, although proposals from graduate students will also be considered. Applicants must be residents of Palm Beach County and enrolled at least half-time (minimum 9 credit hours per semester), have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have a demonstrated financial need, and be degree seeking (graduate or undergraduate). 

The recipient of the scholarship is required to: (1) attend at least two (2) events organized by Peace Studies and/or Peace Studies Student Association; (2) belong to an organization that promotes peace; (3) show in other ways how they have been/can be effective in peace making; (4) at the end of the scholarship period submit a written narrative to the director of Peace Studies showing how the scholarship helped them further the mission of the Peace Studies program; (5) offer a public presentation of their work to FAU faculty, staff and student community, the Joan Joseph Foundation board members, as well as community at large interested in the Peace Studies Program, and; (6) attend an awards luncheon. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to become members of the Peace Studies Student Association (Douglas McGetchin  dmcgetch@fau.edu ). More...


[ About the Program ] 

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. The mission of PJHR is to support the study of Peace, Justice and Human Rights from a multidisciplinary perspective by offering academic programs to FAU students and a wide range of lectures and workshops for students and the broader community.

The PJHR certificates are designed to complement a traditional major in any field. The program has a tailored curriculum, which fulfills students’ personal interests, and academic and professional objectives. Graduates enter fields such as law, international relations, social and community work, and education. 

Our curriculum and community outreach programs continue to evolve and expand, but our mission is always the same: we explore the meaning of peace and the paths to/of peace.Whether as a student or community supporter, we invite you to become a part of PJHR Studies.

FAU's Peace, Justice and Human Rights (PJHR)  Certificates have evolved from the Peace Studies Program, which was established in 1999 within the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters which brought together students, faculty, and community members to explore pathways to peace and the process of peace building. The FAU Peace, Justice and Human Rights Certificates program sponsors speakers specializing in peace studies related issues, free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of the Chastain-Johnson Fund and the Schmidt Family Foundation.




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