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Lykes & Kanstroom
Kanstroom and Lykes

Spring 2017


Human Rights Interdisciplinary Seminar

(3 Credits in the Spring)

Spring 2017 seminar will meet Thursdays, 2:00PM-4:20PM in Campion 016

Instructors: Daniel Kanstroom and M. Brinton Lykes

Professors Daniel Kanstroom (BC School of Law) and M. Brinton Lykes (Psychology/Lynch School of Education) will teach this interdisciplinary seminar on compelling human rights challenges of our times.   Select guest speakers including Fellows and Affiliated Faculty of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice will join students in developing an interdisciplinary understanding of—and responses to—these issues.

In the spring of 2017, the seminar's focus will be on the ethical, politico-legal, and psychosocial issues confronting those whose human rights are affected by torture, drones, sexual violence, forced movement, deportation and migration. The differential effects of rights violations due to power based on gender, “race,” ethnicity and economic resources will be critically examined. We will also explore refugee movement and migration and the contours of asylum and other forms of protection, especially in the context of humanitarian crisis, war, and grave forms of economic injustice.

The Center invites applications from students enrolled in a graduate professional degree in any of Boston College's divisions. Undergraduate seniors will be considered, space permitting.

The seminar will meet every Thursday from 2:00PM – 4:30PM and will include sessions with guest lecturers and CHRIJ co-directors and affiliated faculty. Students will be expected to attend all the seminar sessions and are encouraged to attend CHRIJ and other guest speaker presentations throughout the semester.

Prerequisites: Admission by permission only.

Satisfies ABA Writing Requirement for Law Students

Application: Students wishing to apply for the seminar should submit a brief statement explaining their interest (no longer than 250 words) to with the subject-line "Human Rights Interdisciplinary Seminar". Please include your Eagle ID and academic discipline in the application.  The application deadline is Saturday, November 5, 2016.