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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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.


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






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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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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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 The Tragedy of Syrian Refugees: The Case of Lebanon

  Thursday, October 15, 7pm, Kaye Hall 102, FAU Boca Raton

 The Political Science Department, in conjunction with The Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Program, and Hillel, would like to invite to a special talk on Syrian Refugees. Based on primary sources, interviews and field research trip to Lebanon’s Syrian refugee camps especially along the Lebanon-Syria border, this talk attempts to shed light on the overall conditions and excruciating challenges faced by Syrian refugees.  View flyer here

  Wolfson Flyer 2015

The Birth of The Cyber Left: Technology, Capitalism, and Contemporary Social Movements

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5pm, General Classroom South, GS 117, FAU Boca Raton

Todd Wolfson is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University. His research focuses on the convergence of new media and social movements and he is author of the recently published book Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left. Wolfson is also a co-founder of the Media Mobilizing Project (www.mediamobilizing.org), which uses media and communications as a core strategy for building a movement of poor and working people in Philadelphia and beyond. Free and open to the public. View flyer here. 

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From Goethe To Grass And Beyond: Responsibilities Of The Writer In The Postwar Period

Thursday, Oct. 22, 12 pm, House Chamber, FAU Student Center, FAU Boca Raton

Dr. Howard R. Wolf’s lecture will address the question of whether Gunter Grass had a moral-political responsibility to reveal his youthful service in the Waffen-SS; or would that have compromised the effectiveness of his role as a “reform” writer in Post-War Germany? In so doing he will draw upon Dr. Wolf’s personal reflections as a published author himself to address the role of the post war writer and their responsibilities to society. View flyer here

  Allida Black

 John O’Sullivan Memorial Lecture: “Eleanor Roosevelt and the Battle for Human Rights: 1945 to the Present.”

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4 pm, University Theatre, FAU Boca Raton

Featuring Allida M. Black with “Eleanor Roosevelt and the Battle for Human Rights: 1945 to the Present.” A book signing will follow the event. Tickets $20; Groups of 20 or more: $15; Faculty, staff and alumni: $10; FAU students with current ID $5. 800-564-9539 or visit ww.fauevents.com. More information here


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