Promoting Social Justice and Human Dignity
The Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies advances social justice and human dignity in an interdisciplinary fashion through the active involvement of faculty, students, and community in research and teaching.
About the Center
The Center builds on Lehman College’s unique history: the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights began at Lehman College when the United Nations met at the College. Lehman College students, often immigrants and the first in their families to access higher education, engender a broad understanding of human rights. The Center unites student and faculty engagement on local and global rights issues in New York and the greater world community.
The Center emphasizes intrinsic linkages between human rights and peace. Not merely the absence of war or conflict, human security necessitates community building, safety, promotion of tolerance, environmental sustainability, expanded life chances, freedom of expression, movement and association, and equal access to resources across gender, ethnic, class, national, and other socio-economic divides.
The Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies hosts a rich program of human rights events for both the Lehman community and the broader public throughout the year.
The Center's Fall Speakers Series: Human Rights, Rule of Law, and Peace-Making in Latin America was a great success, thanks in part to our engaging speakers and audience. Many thanks to our co-sponsors, the Anthropology Department and the Herbert H. Lehman Center for Student Leadership Development (CSLD), as well as the student volunteers from the CSLD.
Last modified: Dec 2, 2013