Do global human rights still have mass appeal?

Caring about the rights of distant others was once fashionable but, as walls go up and societies retract, global citizen engagement may well be the next victim of this new nationalist resurgence.

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Human Rights

Bringing Human Rights Home

Shelley Inglis, executive director of the Human Rights Center, spoke on WVXU 91.7 on the work of the Center as well as her career at the United Nations. Joining her was Joel Pruce, project lead of the Moral Courage Project, and Ben McCall, executive director of the Hanley Sustainability Institute.

Human Rights

Moral Courage Project: Reflections from El Paso

In an op-ed published June 5 in Flyer News, Mary McLoughlin reflects on her time in El Paso, Texas, documenting the experience of the US-Mexican border in an attempt to disrupt the current narratives around immigration and humanize contentious issues.

Human Rights

Students spend summer in Malawi for Human Rights Research

This summer five UD students spent nine weeks in Malawi to conduct research on a variety of human rights topics; each student worked on an individual research project that was chosen based on needs within the community.

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Malawi Summer 2019 Application

The Malawi Research Practicum on Rights & Development is a nine-week applied research experience for undergraduate students in Chilumba, Malawi. Application Deadline: October 26, 2018 by noon.

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Curran Renzetti Scholarship

The Daniel J. Curran and Claire M. Renzetti Scholarship Fund supports scholarships for University of Dayton undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need (in excess of $10,000 annually) who are studying abroad for the first time and wish to travel internationally in specific university-sponsored international programs and service activities.

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Faculty Research Fellows

The center offers support to University of Dayton faculty to conduct research and advocacy projects that are focused on human rights and aligned with its strategic priorities. Fellowships can cover additional summer compensation for faculty, funding for travel, supplies, and equipment, support for graduate and undergraduate research assistants, and other reasonable, approved expenses.

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Our Work

Transnational Advocacy on Sexualized Violence

Understanding the contested narratives and power dynamics at work within transnational advocacy to improve advocacy strategies and international response on this issue.

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Immigration and Refugees

Our work to facilitate the integration of immigrants and refugees in the Dayton in collaboration with local organizations and leaders.

Nonviolence, teach peace

Nonviolence Initiatives

We investigate sources of violence and recommend effective and enforceable solutions in areas of human trafficking, racism, crime and gun violence.

Moral Courage

Ferguson Voices

The people of Ferguson have a story to tell – and one that the majority of us have not heard or fully understood. A product of the Moral Courage Project, Ferguson Voices a website, exhibit, and a podcast.

The Moral Courage Project: El Paso, Texas

The project develops multi-platform, multi-media products that utilize audio recording, photography, music, and writing to bring advocacy stories to life.

STOP Report

STOP provided more than 1700 students, educators, and community members with resources to combat modern-day slavery.


SPHR 2017

The Social Practice of Human Rights SPHR

SPHR17 explored challenges to advocacy posed by racism, xenophobia, and what Pope Francis has termed "the globalization of indifference."

Scholar-Practitioners in Residence

The Center hosts visiting researchers and advocates from around the world, and gives them time and resources to reflect on their work, write, teach and speak.

Romero Award

Blessed Oscar Romero Human Rights Award

This award honors an individual or organization whose work has contributed significantly to the alleviation of human suffering.

OpenGlobalRights Series

  • Fighting for indigenous rights in the Trump era.
     Tereza M. Szeghi
    Read in English | Español 

  • When sexual harassment is reframed as gender-based violence and a human rights violation, rather than just “bad behavior”, it changes the possibilities around responsibility and recourse.  
    — Sarah Davila-Ruhaak 
    Read in English | Español | Français

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HRC in the news

ABC 22/Fox 45

North Korean Leader Kim Jung Un Agrees to Close Two Nuclear Facilities
September 20, 2018
Tony Talbott, Human Rights Center

Someone You Should Know: Shelley Inglis
September 17, 2018
Shelley Inglis, Human Rights Center 

WVXU 91.7/Oxford WMUB 88.5 (Cincinnati)

How the University of Dayton Plans to Strengthen Human Rights Around the World
August 27, 2018
Shelley Inglis, Human Rights Center


WDTN-TV/Channel 2

Local Korea Expert Doesn't Believe North Korea Will Give up Warheads
September 20, 2018
Tony Talbott, Human Rights Center 

The Nation

Human Rights from the Bottom Up
August 8, 2018
Joel R. Pruce, Human Rights Center Faculty Research Fellow

Humanitarian News Research Network (U.K.)

The Problems with Celebrity Humanitarians
July 10, 2018
Alexandra C. Budabin, Human Rights Center


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