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

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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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Challenging Impunity in Domestic Courts: Human Rights Prosecution in Latin America- Wednesday, March 3, 7pm

Please note: This talk takes place at Washington College, Maryland.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Film Series

All films will be screened in Leonard Lief Library's Fine Arts Classroom 226A.

Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American- February 25, 11:00am-1:00pm

The Mexican Suitcase- March 12, 12:30-2:30pm

The Most Secret Place on Earth- April 16, 11:00am-1:00pm

Virunga- May 6, 11:00am-1:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Leonard Lief Library


The Deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown- March 4, 2:30pm-5:00pm, East Dining Hall Music Building

Co-sponsored by the Department of Philosphy and the Department of Anthropology

Annual Spring Conference

Post-Colonial Truth Making- April 23, 10am-3pm

Co-sponsored by the Leonard Lief Library, the Center for Worker Education, and the Department of Anthropology


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