The Mgrublian Center for Human Rights

Welcomes John Prendergast!

During the week of February 15-19th the Center is hosting a series of programs with visiting scholar/activist, John Prendergast.  Best-selling author, John Prendergast has worked for peace in Africa for thirty years and has been instrumental in shaping US foreign policy in Africa and domestic reforms on corporate responsibility in the Dodd-Frank bill, leading the recent conflict minerals campaign, among other humanitarian initiatives. He is the Founding Director of the Enough Project, an NGO committed to ending genocide and crimes against humanity.  His visit to CMC is sponsored by the William F. Podlich Distinguished Fellows Program and the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights.  A full list of programming is provided below, including information on how to RSVP.

  •  February 15, 12:15pm:  Lunch and discussion: "Conflict Minerals, and Corporate Responsibility". (KRV 321) - Lunch program is FULL, contact kzitar@cmc.edu to be added to the waitlist
  • February 15, 5:30pm:  Dinner and discussion:  "10 Building Blocks for Making a Difference in the World and in Your Neighborhood". (Parents Dining Room), RSVP to kzitar@cmc.edu
  • February 16, 5:30pm: Dinner and discussion: "Activism in Africa:  The LRA, Kony, and the Invisible Children". (Freeberg Dining Room)   RSVP to kzitar@cmc.edu
  • February 17, 2:45pm:  Classroom book discussion:  “Not on Our Watch". (RS 104) - contact Professor Wendy Lower if interested in attending, wlower@cmc.edu
  • February 17, 5:30pm - 8pm:   Reception, Dinner, Program: “Good News Stories from Africa: How Hollywood and the Media Get it Wrong”. (CMC Athenaeum)  RSVP for the dinner at 6pm; the program will begin at 6:45pm and is open to all (no RSVP required if attending the program only). 
  • 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) - no RSVP required, open to all.
  • February 18, 7pm:  Film Screening: The Good Lie.  Followed by Q&A discussion with John Prendergast, Margaret Nagle (screen-writer), Arnold Oceng and Kuoth Wiel (members of the cast).  (Pickford Auditorium) - No RSVP required but come early to get a seat; screening is FREE and open to the public.

For questions related to John Prendergast's visit to CMC, contact Kirsti Zitar (kzitar@cmc.edu)

Additional Spring 2016 Programming

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)

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:

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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