Center for Peace, Justice and Human Rights (PJHR)

Launched in 2014, the Center for Peace, Justice and Human Rights (PJHR) Initiative grew out of FAU’s highly successful Peace Studies Program, which was founded in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters in 1999. PJHR is one of nine key “platforms” in the University’s Strategic Plan. The Initiative is a university-wide, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary effort that brings together scholars, students, practitioners, and community leaders engaged in the themes of social justice, human rights, and peace and nonviolence.

Our collaborative community includes students, university staff, and community partners, as well as dozens of Faculty Affiliates who represent disciplines from across the university and FAU’s six campuses. PJHR also includes the Barb Schmidt Fellowship, Arthur and Emalie Gutterman Family Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, and the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program.  Together, we are the diverse faculty, staff, and students at a Hispanic-Serving public university, located at the crossroads of the United States and the Caribbean, who believe it is possible and necessary to create a more just, peaceful, equitable world. Our goal is to create positive change locally, nationally, and internationally by advancing knowledge and bold solutions to social problems through our research, teaching and learning, activism, and community engagement.

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PJHR 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Declaration of Human Rights | 2023


West Bank Story: A Performance for Peace
West Bank Story: A Performance for Peace
A Storytelling Performance by Caren Neile, PhD, 5 pm, Wednesday, April 17
Refuge on Stage
Refuge on the Stage - Keynote and Musical Performance
Mariela Shaker, Syrian American, international award-winning violinist performs with pianist Kuo-Pei Cheng-Lin
Article by Ma. Emilia Santander, Managing Editor, University Press
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum reps to visit campus Feb. 16
Article by Ma. Emilia Santander, Managing Editor, University Press
Montana Tucker
Montana Tucker Headlines Concert-4-Kindness At Florida Atlantic University
4 pm, Sunday, January 15, 2023, Performing Arts Auditorium
Afghan Scholar Mujib Mehrdad
A Poetry Reading with Afghan Scholar Mujib Mehrdad
4 pm, Wednesday, September 14, Culture and Society Bldg., Rm301
Palina Prysmakova; Ales Bialatski
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ales Bialiatski and Me
Article by Palina Prysmakova, PJRH Affiliate and Associate Professor, School of Public Administration

Holocaust and Jewish Studies at FAU