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NYU Human Rights Fellowship – $5,000 Award!

Dear Student,

We are pleased to announce a very exciting opportunity for NYU students studying international human rights, broadly defined. The Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights will provide several selected NYU students with $5,000 each for extended internships or research projects to be conducted in Summer 2015.

Students will propose their own Summer projects. These should be affiliated with organizations that position themselves as working in a human rights framework and have the capacity to host students and incorporate them in the substantive aspects of their work. The host organization should also have the administrative capacity to assist students with the logistics of their stay in the country. The projects will be uncredited and, normally, unpaid.  It is anticipated that the fellowship will allow students to contribute to the organization’s work while gaining experience in the human rights field in ways that complement their academic trajectories at NYU.

We take a broad and interdisciplinary approach to human rights and are open to diverse types of engagements and locales. The following are examples of the kind of projects that would qualify:

–Working on-site with a rural community group in Kenya seeking to ensure access to potable water

–Interning with a museum in Santiago to create an archive of material related to human rights memorials in the region

–Building a website for an organization in Delhi on an international campaign to advance affordable access to anti-retrovirals

–Interning at an NGO in Washington, D.C., that investigates and publicizes human rights abuses related to the War on Terror

–Working with a Roma organization in France to raise awareness of anti-discrimination laws

–Conducting research with an academic team at a Mexican university studying how farmers’ cooperatives practice sustainable agriculture to advance food security

–Working with an environmental group in Abuja to address corporate accountability for oil spills in the Niger Delta

–Working with a theater company in Johannesburg on a play about women and the truth commission in South Africa

–Interning with the United Nations in Geneva on development policy and indigenous communities

The Fellowship Program entails a year-long commitment that involves the following:

I. Spring 2015

Fellows are required to attend and participate actively in a 0-credit biweekly seminar. Fellows must also enroll in a related 2-credit independent study with a faculty mentor (their adviser or another NYU faculty member) in which they explore some aspect of their intended project.

II. Summer 2015

Fellows must commit 9-12 weeks of full-time work on the project. If the project is located abroad, this means living on-site for 9-12 weeks. Fellows must write and publish at least four blog posts about their experiences.

III. Fall 2015

Fellows must present their work to the NYU community at the group’s annual Human Rights Symposium. This will involve a substantial 10- to 12-page paper and / or a panel presentation.


The program is open to all undergraduate students in degree-granting programs at NYU and to master’s students at Gallatin, Wagner, Tisch, Steinhardt, the Global Institute of Public Health and the Graduate School of Arts & Science. All Fellows must plan to be in residence in NYU Washington Square in Spring 2015, and undergraduate fellows must plan to graduate no earlier than January 2016.

Students selected to be Fellows must commit to participate in all elements of the program as outlined above, including the seminar, independent study, blog posts and final report and presentation.



Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 3.


Application Process

Propose a viable human rights-related project with a specific organization that has agreed to host you as a Fellow; propose a related independent study project for Spring 2015.

See the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights Application form for specific instructions and requirements.

You can find the application here:



Interested students should plan to attend one of the following Information Sessions, all of which will take place in the Gallatin Building, 1 Washington Place:

Tuesday, Sept. 30,  11-Noon, Rm. 801

Friday, Oct. 3,  2-3 pm, Rm. 401

Friday, Oct. 10, 2:30-3:30 pm, Rm. 401


Also, meet the 2014 Human Rights Fellows at the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights Symposium:

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 5:30-7 p.m., with reception to follow

NYU School of Law, D’Agostino Hall

108 West 3rd St.


Prof. Vasuki Nesiah is the academic director of the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights; Assistant Dean Patrick McCreery is the group’s administrative director.

For more information, visit www.gallatin.nyu.edu/humanrightsfellowship or contact Gallatin’s Office of Global Programs at: gallatin.global@nyu.edu

Teach-In on Immigrant Rights, 12/11

December 11
Noon – 4:00 PM
61 Broadway at Wall Street (PSC-CUNY Building)
Lunch Provided / Spanish Translation

The IWJC [http://www.nycga.net/groups/immigrant-worker-justice] is hosting a teach-in on Sunday, Dec 11 that is open to the public. Although immigrants’ and immigrant workers’ rights have been emphasized in protests on the West Coast, these issues and populations have been less attended to in this area. The teach-ins will present an opportunity for people interested in these issues to hear from members of workers’ centers, immigrant community groups, and non-traditional labor organizations. Students interested in popular education styles would particularly enjoy themselves.

Internship Opportunity Through Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Spring 2012

Guantánamo Public Memory Project
Research Internship Spring 2012

About the Guantánamo Public Memory Project
“Guantánamo” has become an international symbol of torture, detention, national security, and conflict over America’s “War on Terror.” After more than a decade of bitter struggle over whether and how to “close Guantánamo,” in 2011, nearly 200 prisoners remain at the US naval station, or GTMO. The unique qualities of the site – its legal ambiguity, political isolation and geographic proximity, and architectures of confinement – have been used and reused for a wide range of people and purposes. These include Cuban workers in exile after the Revolution; Haitian refugees with HIV, first welcomed as asylum seekers but then confined in tent cities as threats to public health; and the War on Terror’s “enemy combatants.” GTMO and its residents have been inextricable, if often invisible, parts of America’s deepest policy conflicts: immigration, public health, human rights, and national security.

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project seeks to build public awareness of the century-long history of the US naval station at Guantánamo, Bay, Cuba, and foster dialogue on the future of this place and the policies it shapes. The Project will collect stories, documents, photos, videos artwork, and oral testimonies from different perspectives and time periods throughout GTMO’s 100 year history. It will bring that material to the public through a website, traveling exhibit, curriculum, public programs, and other media. The Project will also invite diverse people to share their own stories of GTMO and engage in debate about the larger issues this site and others like it across the world raise. It originated as a project of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, which currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Project. The Project is now being developed by a growing collaboration of universities and organizations, coordinated from Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights as part of its Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability.

About the Position
Researchers will identify and compile primary and secondary source material on GTMO’s history in a variety of media to serve as the foundation for an exhibit opening December 2012 and a curriculum to be used starting September 2012. The exhibit and curriculum have been divided into themes/subject areas. For each, researchers will:

  • Compile a packet of material, including secondary sources that provide background on the subject, articles, websites, images, video footage, oral histories and candidates for interviews.
  • Research, price, and secure permissions for images and any other material that requires it.

In addition, researchers will:

  • Conduct research for rapid response to events in the media (anniversaries; histories of particular camps; historical perspective on new decisions) as necessary.
  • Report regularly to other members of the Project team (other historical researchers, oral historians, bibliography developers), coordinating searches and sharing material as necessary.


  • Ability to commit at least 10 hours/week for at least one full semester
  • Graduate student in history, public history, museum studies, education, American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, or related field
  • Background and research experience in one or more subject areas related to GTMO’s history, such as 19th/early 20th century American imperialism, Caribbean studies, refugee policy, military history, Cold War
  • Knowledge of Spanish or Haitian Creole a plus
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to work independently and creatively

How to Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to guantanamo@columbia.edu

The deadline for applications is December 16, 2011.

Human Rights Studies in Academia (Conference, 4/2)

A Conference at Yale University
Saturday, April 2, 9am-4pm. Linsly-Chittenden Hall (LC), Room 102
Click Here to Reserve your Place at the Human Rights in Academia Conference

The purpose of the 2011 Human Rights in Academia conference at Yale University is to bring academics and practitioners together to discuss the importance of developing and expanding upon existing human rights programs and initiatives within academic institutions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The conference will be a forum for debating the place and importance of human rights studies in a global academic context. Advancing the status of human rights studies while generating energy, collaboration, and action is the larger objective of the conference. For more information on the Conference Click Here.
Conference Participant List:

Harlan Beckely (Washington and Lee University) Director of The Shepherd Poverty Program.

Seyla Benhabib (Yale) Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy.

Charlie Clements (Harvard) Executive Director of The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Camille Crittenden (University of California at Berkeley) Executive Director of Human Rights Center.

Yasmine Ergas (Columbia) Director of The Institute for The Study of Human Rights.

Susan Gzesh (University of Chicago) Executive Director of Human Rights Program.

Susan Katz (University of San Francisco) Professor. Expert on International and Multicultural Education.

Thomas Keenan (Bard College) Director of Human Rights Program.

Joanne Mariner (Human Rights Watch) Director of Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program and (Hunter College, CUNY) Director of Human Rights Program.

Joseph Martin (Columbia) Director of Human Rights Studies at Barnard.

Timothy McCarthy (Harvard) Program Director of Human Rights and Social Movements.

Samuel Moyn (Columbia) Professor and Historian of Human Rights.

William Schulz (NYU). Former Executive Director of Amnesty International.

James Silk (Yale) Executive Director of The Schell Center for Human Rights, Yale Law School.

David Simon (Yale) Professor of Political Science.

Felisa Tibbitts (Harvard) Lecturer on Education and (HREA) Co-Founder of Human Rights Education Associates.

Terence Turner (Cornell University) Emeritus Professor of Anthropology. Indigenous Rights Expert.

Richard Wilson (UConn) Gladstein Chair of Human Rights, Director of Human Rights Institute at UConn.

Jay Winter (Yale) Charles J. Stille Professor of History.

Conference Schedule



Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:20 am


9:20-9:40 am


9:40-10:00 am

Panel I

10:00-11:00 am

Discussion of Panel I

11:00-11:30 am

Panel II

11:30-12:30 pm

Discussion of Panel II

12:30-1:00 pm


1:00-2:00 pm

Panel III

2:00-3:00 pm

Discussion of Panel III

3:00-3:30 pm

Last Remarks/Wrap Up

3:30-4:00 pm


4:00 pm

For More Information Visit: www.humanrightsinacademia.com

Congrats to Megan Schmidt, Winner of Best Academic Achievement Prize, Kingston University

Draper extends its congratulations to Megan Schmidt, who has just been awarded the prize for the Best Overall Academic Achievement at London’s Kingston University. Prior to enrolling at Draper, Megan completed a master’s degree in Human Rights and Genocide Studies at Kingston, and is being recognized for her excellence in that program. She will be giving the ‘vote of thanks’ speech at the program’s graduation ceremony in London this weekend.

Congrats, Megan!