The Mgrublian Center for Human Rights


 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.

--Elie Wiesel

(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.

Fall 2016 Programming

  • Sept. 21, 5:30pm:  Summer Intern Welcome Back Dinner, Freeberg Dining Room.  RSVP:
  • Sept. 22, 4 - 5:30pmResearch Institute Open House, Kravis Center 3rd floor.
  • Sept. 28, 6pm:  Persecution of Homosexuals in Germany: During and After the Holocaust, Geoffrey Giles, CMC Athenaeum.  RSVP for dinner.
  • Sept. 30, 11:45am: Elie Wiesel’s Impact on Claremont McKenna College, Professor Emeritus John K. Roth, CMC Athenaeum.  RSVP for lunch.
  • Nov. 3-6:  Lessons and Legacies Conference, Claremont McKenna College.

2016 Summer Interns

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!

Highlighting Our Student Research

Nikhil Kanade '16, Senior Thesis, Tracing Islamic Extremist Ideologies

Chong Shen '16, Senior Thesis, Topic Analysis of Tweets on the European Refugee Crisis Using Non-Negative Matrix Factorization

Nora Flaherty '17, Summer Research Paper, Vietnam: A Case Study in Indigenous Repression

William Cullen '19, Freshman Honors Term Paper, The Importance of Environmental Human Rights

Larissa Peltola '18, Human Rights Fellowship Paper, Rape as a Tool of War

Get Involved!

New!  Amnesty International Chapter  

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. 

Human Rights Task Forces

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:

Human Rights in the News

September 12, 2016 -- The Enough Project's Initiative, The Sentry, "War Crimes Shouldn't Pay"

5C A Capella Group, The After School Specials, perform Til it Happens to You (Lady Gaga cover)

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

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Mgrublian Center for Human Rights

Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 607-0788
Fax: (909) 621-8419

Campus Location

Kravis Center, Third Floor
888 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711