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Center for Human Rights & Peace Studies

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.

 

Fall 2018 Events at Lehman College

 

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Thursday October 11, 2018

12:45 to 2:30

Music Building, Recital Hall, Room 306.

Panel Discussion

 

Journalism in the Age of Disaster, Puerto Rico:

La Tormenta, The Truth and Making Sense, One Year After Hurricane Maria.

 

This panel discussion will assess how news media performed and failed to perform its roles as watchdog, truth-teller and sense-maker during Hurricane Maria and in the year since. Panelists will consider the role journalism can or could play in this and other disasters - both environmental and man-made.

 

Confirmed speakers: David Gonzalez, New York Times; Ed Morales, author LatinX: The New Force in American Politics and Culture; Alana Casanova-Burgess, producer WNYC On the Media;

Ana Teresa Toro, columnist El Nueva Dia; CUNY Service Corps members who responded to storm; Welcome by Lehman College President José Luis Cruz. 

 

RSVP: rsvpjournalism@lehman.cuny.edu

Co-sponsored by Journalism and Media Studies; Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies; Arts & Humanities; the Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies; and, the Leonard Leif Library.

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Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

11:00-12:30

Atrium, Leonard Lief Library, Lehman College

 

A Very Special Event with Ricardo Falla Sánchez

“Accompaniment and solidarity in context of war: Experiences from Ixcan, Guatemala”

Ricardo Falla Sánchez is a Guatemalan Jesuit anthropologist who completed his PhD at the University of Texas in Austin after having studied theology in Innsbruck Austria with Karl Rahner, among others.  He has dedicated his life to documenting the lives and cultures of the Quiché [K'iche'] Maya in Guatemala and other indigenous peoples in Central America. His writings have document multiple Mayan communities including their revitalization through, among other initiatives, their engagement with Catholic Action, attempts to destroy their communities through the brutal massacres of the 1980s, and their struggles for justice and human rights .He is perhaps most widely know n for his 1992 publication Masacres de la Selva – a volume that appeared in English, Massacres of the Jungle, in 1994.  He has recently published three books on Maya youth, two focused on those from the Ixcán area of Guatemala: Alicia: Explorando la identidad de una joven maya [Exploring identity: The story of a Maya youth] (2005) and Juventud de una comunidad maya: Ixcán, Guatemala [Youth from a Maya Community, Ixcán, Guatemala] (2006) and a third volume,  Migración transnacional retornada: Juventud indígena de Zacualpa, Guatemala [Transnational migration and return: Indigenous youth of Zacualpa, Guatemala] (2007) which focuses on youth who have immigrated to the United States and voluntarily returned to Guatemala.  He is currently publishing the fifth volume of what will be seven volumes including much of his heretofore unpublished work, Al atardecer de la vida [At the sunset of life].

Classes are welcome. RSVP: Human.rights@lehman.cuny.edu

This special event is co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights & Peace Studies, the Leonard Lief Library and the Graduate Center Mesoamerican Studies Student Group.

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Thursday, November 29

9:30 am to 3:30 pm

East Dining Hall, Music Building, Lehman College

 

International Conference

 

Atrocity Prevention in the Americas:

Gender Violence, Citizen Security and the Role of the Police

 

The Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies (CFHRPS) at Lehman College and the Auschwitz Institute are co-hosting an international conference on gender violence, citizen security and the role of the police in preventing atrocities in the Americas. The conference will cover topics ranging from efforts to reign in police violence in the US, to international efforts to combat organized crime and gender violence in Central America, to the transitional role of police in Colombia following the recent peace accords between the Colombian government and the FARC guerillas, from efforts to find the missing in Mexico to new LGBQ –sensitive police programs in Brazil, among others.

Classes are welcome. RSVP: Human.rights@lehman.cuny.edu

Confirmed Speakers:  Marlon Weichert (Brazil); Maria Marvis Jiron (Nicaragua); General Pamela Olivares (Chile); Coronel Luis Ernesto Garcia Hernandez (Colombia); Ximena Antillon (Mexico). US Speakers: Dr. Jim Waller; Dr. Max Pensky; Tatiana Devia; Dr, Kimberly Theidon; Dr. Jon Carter; Ana Maria Mendez and others TBA.

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Tuesday, December 11

9:30 am

Location TBD

 

International Human Rights Day 70th Anniversary Celebration

Students, Staff and Faculty are invited to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was drafted at Lehman College! More details to follow…

Classes are welcome. RSVP: Human.rights@lehman.cuny.edu

 

Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies

The Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies advances social justice and human dignity in an interdisciplinary fashion through active involvement of faculty, students, and community in research and teaching. The Center builds on the 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 now offers an interdisciplinary minor in Human Rights and Peace Studies.

 

Fall 2018 Events

About the Center

Lehman College Admissions Student Photo 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.

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Past Events

Annual Spring Conference: Post-Colonial Truth Telling
  • Film Series Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American- February 25, 11:00am-1:00pm
    The Mexican Suitcase- March 12, 12:30-2:30pm
    Virunga- May 6, 11:00am-1:00pm
Co-sponsored by the Leonard Lief Library

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