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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.
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.
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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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…
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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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>> Mon, Sept 8, 2-4 pm, Advanced Media Production Lab, Arts and Letters Building (AL-240): Presentation on
by Kathryn Comer, Assistant Professor of English at Barry University. Dr. Comer is editor and co-founder of the
online journal Harlot
, and she will give a brief presentation about Harlot's latest issue, which focuses on Digital Activism.
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
>> Mon, Oct 6, 7 pm, University Theatre: Key note speaker: *Doris Sommer, Ph.D., Harvard University, presents “Art Works: Cultural Agents Tackle Urgent Social Challenges” and faculty panel discussion, “Advocacy & Activism: Catalysts for Social Change” as part of the Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for a Digital Age 2001–2012 exhibition in the Ritter Art Gallery, FAU Boca Raton. *Sponsored by the generous support of Walter and Lalita Janke and the Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative.
>> Friday-Saturday, Oct 10-11, FAU Boca Raton and Wyndham Boca Raton:
26TH Annual Southeastern World History Association (SEWHA) Conference, Peace & Human Rights in World History
. Hosted at FAU. The annual SEWHA conference explores the complex strands of peace, human rights, and conflict resolution within a historical span of interconnected global trends. Participants will share research and teaching about peace, international cooperation, social justice, and world history.
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>> Wed, Oct 29, 2014, 4 pm
- The John O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture,
Hitler and the Decisions for the Final Solution
featuring Professor Christopher Browning, one of the most distinguished scholars of the Holocaust currently working. University Theatre, Boca Raton Campus. For tickets, directions and other information, call 800-564-9539 or visit
or visit the FAU Box Office located in the Student Union Building. Admission: $20; Groups of 20 or more: $15; Faculty, Staff and Alumni: $10; FAU students with current student ID: $5.