I swore never to be silent whenever wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
(excerpt from his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1986)
The passing of Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has been a great loss to the world and our community in particular. Mr. Wiesel was an honorary board member of Claremont McKenna's Center for the Study of the Holocaust , Genocide and Human Rights, now endowed as the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights. The Center's founding Director, Professor Emeritus John Roth, invited Wiesel to campus on several occasions, and Wiesel left a deep and lasting impression on the students. Wiesel's powerful writings and legacy at CMC will continue to guide us in our commitment to learning the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, confronting evil, and promoting peace.
As a tribute to Wiesel, CMC students will compile and present a reading of Night, and the Mgrublian Center will create a display of Elie Wiesel's books, which Wiesel autographed during his visits to CMC and which were donated to our library by Professor John Roth. This fall, during ImpactCMC Weekend (September 30/October 1), Professor Roth will return to campus and offer a special presentation on Wiesel's humanitarianism, his ethics, and his legacy.
This summer the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights is proud to sponsor twenty CMC undergraduate students as they participate in human rights internships across the globe. Through our sponsored internship program and esteemed partners in the field, our students are placed with a variety of human rights organizations (NGOs), government offices, and medical/health settings both domestically and abroad. Student interns include freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who represent a range of undergraduate academic disciplines and areas of study. Follow their experiences, in their own words, and learn more about their amazing endeavors this summer!
In the fall of 2015 a group of dedicated students launched the inaugural Amnesty International chapter at Claremont McKenna College. Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights around the world. The student led chapter is working on a variety of programming and initiatives for the 2016-17 school year. Learn more about their activities and how to get involved with this dynamic and committed group of students.
In addition to the the Amnesty International chapter, the Center also supports student-led Human Rights Task Forces. Task Forces address current national and global human rights problems and are a great way to volunteer your time and get involved with the Center. Students choose the issues they wish to support and implement activities designed to achieve their group's mission locally as well as off campus. Task Forces engage in monitoring, research brief writing, education, fundraising, and networking with local, national, and international organizations. The Center is currently supporting the following Human Rights Task Forces: