Investigate the historical and social contexts of human rights movements, including the roles of culture, identity, political economy, and international law in four different countries.
What is unique about this program?
- Learn how grassroots activists, individuals, and communities are giving meaning to human rights movements at the local level.
- Critically examine the United States’ relationship to human rights.
- Learn from the experiences of refugees; meet with Parliament members; and see Petra and the Dead Sea in Jordan.
- Meet with activists and grassroots organizers in Kathmandu and visit an indigenous community in rural Nepal.
- Spend time with feminist leaders, student activists, UN officials, and indigenous Mapuche communities in the Chilean Andes.
- Conclude the program with a retreat near the oceanfront residence of poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda. ;
What is unique about these locations?
USA: New York City (2 weeks)
New York City is an ideal launch site for the program, as it is home to many of the largest international human rights bodies, from the United Nations to Amnesty International. Visits to such agencies offer both historical perspectives on human rights and insights into the contemporary practice of human rights organizations internationally.
Nepal: Kathmandu (4 weeks)
Nepal emerged in 2006 as a parliamentary democracy after a decade of armed conflict pitting Maoist rebels against a long-standing Hindu monarchy. It officially became a republic in 2008. The nation-building process has been long, and you will be exposed to its intricacies, from developing a viable constitution that guarantees equal rights in a multi-ethnic country to confrontations with impunity for wartime abuses, including enforced disappearances, rape, torture, and extrajudicial executions. In Kathmandu, you will meet with lawyers and activists who are working to ensure a more just future in Nepal.
Jordan: Amman (4 weeks)
Jordan is a safe haven in the Middle East and, as such, is an appropriate locale to inquire into the array of human rights violations arising from geopolitical conflicts affecting the region. The program probes the historical and contemporary origins of Jordan’s refugee populations by visiting with refugee communities and refugee-focused NGOs living and working both inside and outside refugee camps. The program also has a strong emphasis on gender rights, meeting with an array of scholars and women’s rights organizations with differing interpretations of Islamic feminism.
Chile: Santiago (5 weeks)
The rich political history of Chile provides fertile ground for analyses of human rights struggles. After the end of the Pinochet dictatorship, a transition to democracy has been entwined with both the reconciliation of history and the continuation of neoliberal policies that make Chile a profoundly unequal society.
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