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.

December 8-10, 2023 | Florida Atlantic, Boca Raton
PJHR 75 Anniversary Celebration Banner Keynote • Lectures • Workshops • Awards banquet | Registration Required

Victor Menco Haeckermann at the IES
FAU Exchange in Poland: From Nazi-Occupation to Academic and Jewish-Life Revival
By Victor Menco Haeckermann
Diplomacy Program Students Travel to Geneva, Switzerland
Diplomacy Program Students Travel to Geneva, Switzerland
FAU students journeyed to Geneva, Switzerland, this summer...
Mara Schiff, Ph.D., an associate professor at FAU’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice within the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice.
PJHR Faculty Affiliate Wins Fulbright Global Scholar Award
PJHR congratulates Professor Mara Schiff
Dr. James E. Cunningham (FAU), Professor of Music and  Dr. Glen Gillis (University of Saskatchewan)
PJHR Affiliate Dr. James Cunningham Performs for TEDx in Canada
Duo Gillis Cunningham (DGC) - comprised of Dr. James E. Cunningham (FAU), Professor of Music and Dr. Glen Gillis (University of Saskatchewan)
Archive image: Belarusian-American Association (BAZA)
PJHR Partners with BAZA South Florida to Host the Belarusian Asylum Seekers Conference
Article by Palina Prysmakova, Ph.D.,Associate Professor of Public Administration
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
Thomas Pickering
"The Ukraine Invasion" with Ambassador Thomas Pickering
Saturday, May 21, 10 am - ZOOM
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