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About the UC Berkeley Human Rights Program

Human rights have become the moral language of today, the idiom in which we discuss our common humanity and weigh competing claims for resources, rights and protections. Through its interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives, the Human Rights Program at UC - Berkeley investigates the political, historical, legal, economic, social, psychological, and representational dynamics of human rights. 


The Human Rights Program seeks to foster a vibrant community of human rights scholars at Berkeley, and to bridge the worlds of human rights research and practice. Our events series, supported by the Townsend Center for the Humanities and often produced in collaboration with partner institutions across campus, invites distinguished scholars and practitioners to present their recent research on human rights. Hosting several lectures and discussions each semester, the program brings these scholars into conversation with the Berkeley community. 


The Human Rights Interdisciplinary (HRI) Minor is the program's flagship initiative. Helping undergraduates explore issues via multiple forms of thought and media of expression - through literature as well as politics, journalism as well as law, film as well as anthropology – the HRI Minor emphasizes the many different intellectual spaces in which human rights questions are currently being posed. The HRP recently transitioned the HRI Minor to its new administrative home in UC Berkeley's International & Area Studies/Global Studies.

 Egyptian Protestor Confronts Military Police, Spring 2011