Why Study Human Rights?
Go beyond the halls of power to learn how individuals and communities are giving momentum to grassroots, human rights movements across three different sites. Begin with an immersion into the deep roots of human rights movements throughout the U.S. South and an exploration of contemporary organizations carrying the legacy of the black freedom struggle to the modern day. In New York City, investigate the broader international human rights project with visits to the United Nations and organizations like Amnesty International. Connect with groups working for immigrant and gender rights and against structural racism in the city and see journalism’s place in these struggles on a studio tour of the news program Democracy Now! In Chile, meet with a range of scholars, feminist leaders, members of international non-governmental organizations, United Nations officials, and indigenous communities. Gain a deeper insight into multilayered perspectives on human rights issues, often against the backdrop of governments in tectonic shift, and understand pathways to enacting human rights-based change. Throughout the program, explore how to live, act, teach, and learn in ways that affirm human dignity, uproot oppression, and advance collective struggles for rights and justice everywhere.
- Meet some of New York’s most prominent leaders in the field of human rights.
- Learn about cultural resistance and land rights from Mapuche indigenous communities in Chile.
- Critically examine the deep roots of human rights movements throughout the U.S. South.
- Stay at the Highlander Center and meet organizers advancing racial justice and immigrant, LGBTQ, and land rights.
Coursework in social sciences such as anthropology, history, economics, sociology, and/or political science. Humanities coursework (philosophy, religion, and/or ethics) is also recommended.