Mgrublian Center for Human Rights

CMC’s Center for Human Rights has been renamed The Mgrublian Center for Human Rights in honor of Margaret Mgrublian P’11 and David Mgrublian ’82, P’11, generous donors to the Center. Mr. Mgrublian currently serves as chair of CMC’s Board of Trustees.

At a dinner at the Athenaeum, Professor Emeritus John Roth and David Mgrublian spoke about the importance of the Center's work in fighting injustices and atrocities around the globe.

The Center, which grew out of the teachings of Professor Roth on the Holocaust in the early 1970s, has had a couple of name changes since it was launched in 2003 as The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights. In 2009, the Center’s name was changed to The Center for Human Rights Leadership, and in 2014, it became The Center for Human Rights.

Professor Wendy Lower currently directs the Center’s educational efforts, including student advocacy programs to combat genocide and provide relief to those afflicted by it.


Salam Neighbor

The award-winning filmmakers of Living on One Dollar (Zach Ingrasci '12 and Chris Temple '12) are hosting a screening of their latest documentary film, Salam Neighbor, on February 2nd at CMC.  The film screening will begin at 8pm in McKenna Auditorium and is FREE and open to the public. After the screening the filmmakers will lead a special Q&A discussion.  
 

Spring 2016 Programming

February 2, 11:45am:   “An Unexpected Journey from CMC to a Syrian Refugee Camp”.   Zach Ingrasci '12 and Chris Temple '12 chronicle their journey both as young adults and as film makers from the CMC campus to the fields of Guatemala and the refugee tents of Syria. (CMC Athenaeum, Parents Dining Room)

February 2, 6pm:  "Salam Neighbor: Life in a Syrian Refugee Camp", Zach Ingrasci ’12 and Chris Temple ’12. (CMC Athenaeum, Security Pacific Dining Room).  The film (Salam Neighbor) will be screened at 8pm in McKenna Auditorium following the dinner program. 

February 4, 12:15pm:  Larissa Peltola ’18 and Nicole Southard ’17 will share their reflections and lessons learned at the Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities.  (KRV 361)

February 17, 6pm:  "Good News Stories from Africa: How Hollywood and the Media Get it Wrong”, John Prendergast, Founding Director - ENOUGH Project, and Activist Scholar.  (CMC Athenaeum, Security Pacific Dining Room)

February 18, 7-10pm:  Film Screening: The Good Lie.  Followed by Q&A discussion with film-maker John Prendergast and members of the cast.  (Pickford Auditorium)

March 23, 2:45pm:  “Holocaust Testimony”, Robert Ehrenreich, Director, University Programs, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. (RS 104)

March 31, 4:15pm:  3rd Annual Human Rights Career Panel. (RN 15)
6:15pm: Human Rights Networking Dinner, Parents Dining room (CMC Athenaeum, Parents Dining Room)

April 7, 6:00pm:  “Remapping Survival: Jewish Refugees and Lost Memories of Displacement, Trauma, and Rescue in Soviet Central Asia, Iran, and India”, Atina Grosmann, Professor of History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union.  (CMC Athenaeum, Security Pacific Dining Room)

April 21, 6:00pm:  Annual Mgrublian lecture -  “An Inconvenient Genocide: Who now Remembers the Armenians?”, Geoffrey Robertson, trial counsel, human rights advocate and United Nations judge. (CMC Athenaeum, Security Pacific Dining Room)

Programming with visiting Podlich Fellow, John Prendergast, Activist, Scholar, Film-maker:

  • February 15, 12:15pm:  "Conflict Minerals, and Corporate Responsibility: The Dodd-Frank Bill". (KLI Conference Room)
  • February 15, 5:30pm:  Dinner and seminar:  "10 Building Blocks for Making a Difference in the World and in Your Neighborhood". (CMC Athenaeum, Parents Dining Room)
  • February 16, 5:30pm: Dinner and seminar: "Activism in Africa:  The LRA, Kony, and the Invisible Children". (CMC Athenaeum, Freeberg Dining Room)
  • February 17, 2:45pm:  Classroom book discussion:  “Not on Our Watch". (RS 104)
  • February 17, 6pm:  “Good News Stories from Africa: How Hollywood and the Media Get it Wrong”, John Prendergast, Activist/Scholar and Founding Director - ENOUGH Project.  (CMC Athenaeum, Security Pacific Dining Room)
  • February 18, 12:15pm:  Mellon Roundtable with Dean Peter Uvin: "Empathy, Creativity, and Courage: What role do they play in activism, campaigns for social justice, and promoting human rights?"  (LC 62)
  • February 18, 7pm:  Film Screening: The Good Lie.  Followed by Q&A discussion with film-maker John Prendergast and members of the cast.  (Pickford Auditorium)

March 23, 2:45pm:  “Holocaust Testimony”, Robert Ehrenreich, Director, University Programs, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. (RS 104)

March 31, 4:15pm:  3rd Annual Human Rights Career Panel. (RN 15) followed by Human Rights Networking Dinner. (CMC Athenaeum, Parents Dining Room)

April 7, 6pm:  “Remapping Survival: Jewish Refugees and Lost Memories of Displacement, Trauma, and Rescue in Soviet Central Asia, Iran, and India”, Atina Grosmann, Professor of History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union.  (CMC Athenaeum, Security Pacific Dining Room)

April 21, 6pm:  Annual Mgrublian lecture -  “An Inconvenient Genocide: Who now Remembers the Armenians?”, Geoffrey Robertson, trial counsel, human rights advocate and United Nations judge. (CMC Athenaeum, Security Pacific Dining Room)

Get Involved!

Human Rights Task Forces

Human Rights Task Forces are a great way to volunteer your time and get involved with the Center.  Task Forces address current national and global human rights problems. Students choose the issues they wish to support and implement activities designed to achieve their group's mission locally as well as beyond the Claremont Colleges. Task Forces engage in monitoring, research brief writing, education, fundraising, and networking with local, national, and international organizations. This year the Center is sponsoring the following human rights Task Forces:

New!  Amnesty International Chapter  

The Center is proud to be sponsoring a new Amnesty International chapter at the Claremont Colleges.  Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights around the world.  The student led chapter has chosen a variety of human rights projects for 2015-16:

Human Rights in the News

Jan 29 - Feb 1, 2016:  The Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities, American University, Washington, DC.

Feb 11, 2016:  Armenian Students Association Undergraduate Colloquium in Armenian Studies, UCLA.

50 for Freedom Campaign - Make a stand to End Modern Slavery

 

 

 


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Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

CMC Pickford Auditorium

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 6:45pm to 7:45pm

CMC Athenaeum

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 9:15am

CMC Athenaeum