Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Human Rights Initiative (HRI)

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.

In an effort to lead this University Initiative, the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters has a named a steering committee:

Gail Burnaford,  
Professor in College of Education's Department of Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry ( CCEI), just returned from a study tour to Palestine/Israel where she explored the impact of the occupation on Palestinians and Israelis, with an emphasis on women and children, and participated in an interfaith delegation to learn more about options for peace. The month-long study enabled her to visit more than 20 cities and villages in the West Bank and Israel and hear experts and ordinary people tell their stories and provide comment on the conflict.  burnafor@fau.edu

Laurie Carney
, Senior Development Officer

Heather Coltman,
Dean, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters,  Coltman was previously the Chair of the Department of Music, where she was also a Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies. In 1998, Coltman received the FAU Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Before coming to FAU, Coltman served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Austin Chamber Music Center and the Birmingham-Southern Conservatory.   Coltman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas, a Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York and a Bachelor of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.  coltman@fau.edu

Rose Gatens,
Director  of the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University. She received a Ph.D. in Modern European History from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a specialist in the social and intellectual history of Germany, especially during the era of the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich. She writes about the collapse of academic freedom in German universities during the 1920s, the anti-fascist and anti-militarist campaigns of the German League for Human Rights during the interwar years, and racism as a component of National Socialism. Her research and writing in the area of Holocaust education focuses on the effectiveness of particular teaching and learning strategies for high school and college students. She has planned and conducted seminars, symposia and workshops on Holocaust Education since 1982. She received the 2008 Human Relations Award, American Jewish Committee of South Florida and the Florida Atlantic University TIAA-CREF Community Service Award in 2011.She is a member of the Florida Task Force on Holocaust Education and a member of the Save Darfur Coalition of South Palm Beach. Before coming to South Florida, she was Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Belmont University in Nashville.  rgatens@fau.edu

Michael Harris, 
Chair, Departments of Anthropology and Philosophy Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, 1989 Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Cultural Ecology, Political Economy, Bangladesh, Ecuador, South Florida Refugees and Immigrants mharris@fau.edu

Renat Shaykhutdinov
, Director of Peace Studies. Shaykhutdinov came to Florida Atlantic University in 2007 from Texas A&M University where he received his PhD. He earned his BA degrees in Political Science and International Relations, and Sociology from the University of Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. His teaching and research interests include comparative and international politics, ethnic conflict, research methods, power-sharing arrangements, decentralization, and the politics of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. Renat Shaykhutdinov is a native of the East European city of Kazan located in the Middle Volga Region and is fluent in Tatar, Russian, and Turkish.  rshaykhu@fau.edu
The College is developing a website for the Initiative to be live in Summer 2014

Related Programs in the College

Peace Studies program (certificate)

Renat Shaykhutdinov, director

Diplomacy Program
(Political Science)
Jeffrey Morton, director

Jewish Studies program (BA and certificate)
Kristen Lindbeck, director

Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

(MA degree and certificate)
Elena Machado, director

Center for the Study of Values and Violence

after Auschwitz
– Supporting the work of Alan Berger,
holding the Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair

Caribbean and Latin American Studies

(certificate) – Barbara Ganson, director




Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education , Rose Gatens, director



The Political & Rights Issues and Social
Movements (PRISM)

FAU Stakeholder Directory

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