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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.


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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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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The College recently announced two Collaborative Research Grants. The first, is titled "Digital Humanities and Social Justice." The second, is titled "Surviving Slavery: Sex Trafficking in South Florida. "The “Digital Humanities and Social Justice” research group will enable a year-long series of workshops and associated events on various topics, including ethics of incarceration, immigration reform, environmental practice, freedom of speech, labor laws, gender politics and legislation, human rights, racial profiling, and the historic complexities of discrimination. More…

> Sex Trafficking
The second group's research on "Surviving Slavery: Sex Trafficking in South Florida will focus on the problem of sex trafficking and more specifically the gap in outreach efforts to victims by organizations and government agencies. More…

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CHHRE Schedule

>>  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  Rgatens@fau.edu



Friday, Dec 5, 8-10 am and Monday, Dec 8, 8-10 am, Queen Palm Room, Student Union. Student Symposium and Coffee. ENC 1101 students are putting on a symposium to showcase their research and applied community activism on social issues such as mental illness, gender/sexuality, body image and self-esteem. Contact Mary Reid Bogue, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, English GTA at  mbogue2012@fau.edu  for more information. View flyer for Friday here. View flyer for Monday here .


Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo >> Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, 7 pm, Monday, January 5 at the University Theatre, FAU Boca Raton.  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.  More information here. ..  Tickets: $20; $15 Alumni, Faculty, Staff; $5 Students w/ID. Tickets at  www.fauevents.com  or 800-564-9539 

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