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.
Ayotzinapa: A Public Discussion on Violence in Mexico features Pablo Benson, Jorge Castaneda, Paul Gillingham, Claudio Lomnitz, Natalia Mendoza and Victoria Sanford on Monday November 24, 5:00 pm (Kent Hall, Columbia University).
Femicide, Democracy and the Rule of Law in Guatemala: Recent Advances and Enduring Struggles by Dr. Shannon Drysdale Walsh on Tuesday November 25, 11:00am Carman Hall, Room 247.
Last modified: Nov 21, 2014