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Fall 2021 Practitioner-Led Student Study Groups

These not-for-credit study groups provide an opportunity for students to delve deeply into topics and apply theory and research to real world challenges.


Promoting Human Rights in an Increasingly Challenging & Autocratic World 
Keith Harper

Meeting dates are Tuesdays, 10/05, 10/19, 11/02, 11/16 and 11/30. Each session will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

A principle objective of the study group is to rigorously assess and reevaluate United States foreign policy generally and the promotion of human rights specifically in the 21st Century environment. We will start with an examination of both the way human rights are traditionally understood and how they are evolving. The study group will evaluate the means by which the United States - as a core part of its foreign policy - promotes the observance of human rights. Specifically, we will evaluate what works; what doesn’t; how could we do better? We will explore what the modern human rights system is and how it works from the Human Rights Council to treaty bodies and the Security Council. One of the central themes throughout the semester will be – an assessment of what impact these institutions have in the real world and real people and how they might be reformed so as to have greater efficacy.

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Leveraging Education in the Pursuit of Equity
Kakenya Ntaiya

Meeting dates are Mondays, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, and 12/13. Each session will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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Leadership and Governance in Challenging Times
Tom Perez

Meeting dates are Mondays, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8. Each session will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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