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Glazer Human Rights Program

Program Overview

The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Pepperdine University launched a Human Rights Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the summer of 2015. This program includes two core courses aimed at introducing students to the evolution of human rights and the experience of involuntarily dispersed communities, due to forced resettlement, nationalist conflict, racism, slavery, and war. Students will study the implications of the vast movement of people, ideas, beliefs, and goods across the world, along with the legal, social, and cultural obstacles they face. It is our hope that the students enrolled in this program will learn about the global conditions of human rights and diaspora communities and gain invaluable perspectives to think critically about reforms both at home and abroad.

Home to the largest Jewish population in Latin America, Buenos Aires is an exceptional location to host an undergraduate summer program focused on human rights and dispersed communities. Students stay with local Jewish families while they are enrolled in the program to gain a firsthand experience of life in a diaspora community. Students gain additional cultural and social experiences, as we visit key sites in Buenos Aires and the surrounding area. This program will integrate perfectly with the mission of Pepperdine's International Programs in cultivating increased awareness, understanding, and respect for other cultures.

Courses Taught

Students enrolled in the program are required to take two core courses that will focus on the history of human rights, as well as the experience of involuntarily dispersed groups.

The first course, "History of International Human Rights" (HIST 405.02), is taught by Professor Ed Larson. Students focus on a series of historical case studies and discuss key issues and debates surrounding the evolution of human rights.

The second course is "Diaspora Studies in Historical and Comparative Perspective" (REL 301). It focuses on the experience of dispersed religious and ethnic groups, from ancient Mesopotamia to modern times, due to forced resettlement, nationalist conflict, racism, slavery, and war.

In addition to the two courses above, Spanish courses will be offered, as is the case for all Buenos Aires programs, as well as a conversational Hebrew course.