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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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

> Environmental Justice
   & Sustainability

> Mindfulness & Wellbeing

> Conflict, Violence
   & Genocide

> Creative Expression
   & Social Change


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





Tenzin Palmo

 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.   Watch the video


Doris Sommer

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).   More...

Human Rights Day 2014
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. More…

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PJHR 2015 events


>> Printable list of PJHR Events through Spring 2015. View list...


First Language Lecture >> Public screening of a documentary entitled " First Language - The Race to Save Cherokee " (2014; 57 minutes). The documentary is part of our Invited Speakers’ Colloquium series. It will be shown on  Thursday, March 26, at 7pm in PA101 "First Language": The Cherokee language has been used in North America for approximately 3 thousand years, and is still used by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the mountains of North Carolina. However, the language is now in jeopardy, with the last generation to learn the language in the home now reaching middle age and the number of speakers dwindling to less than 300. "First Language" is a documentary about the history of the Cherokee language and the current efforts to revitalize it. 


 >> "Your Energy Solution." Forum on Environmental and Energy Solutions , explore the impacts of oil and natural gas extraction in America and the current activities of oil and gas interests in Florida. Learn about the promise and potential of renewables. Join a discussion with leaders from you national and regional organizations examining these issues. Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in General Classrooms South (GS) 119.   View flyer... 

>> Jay Critchley will be returning to FAU to discuss his environmental activist art projects on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 pm in PA 101 (Performing Arts Building). The talk is titled, "Don’t Be Crude: Art and the Energy Grid." Mr. Critchley is a multi-disciplinary artist known internationally for  his humorous art works that respond to the ecological, cultural, and political concerns of local communities. In collaboration with activists and community stakeholders, the Province town, Massachusetts based  artist has tackled issues such as HIV/AIDS, climate change, and  corporate domination, often resulting in real-world consequences that  benefit and enrich communities." View flyer...

James Finley >> 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: fauf.fau.edu/compassion.  View brochure...   More information at: 561-297-2337




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