Since its inception, in addition to raising the visibility of human rights on campus, the Human Rights Initiative has focused on some of the following themes:
- fostering critical thinking about fundamental concepts and accepted history in human rights.
- anticipating human rights challenges of the future.
- developing connections between civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights.
- anchoring human rights in detailed knowledge of place and time, building on some of UW-Madison's strengths. Our programming endeavors in different ways to touch on at least one of these four themes.
Sawyer Seminar on Human Rights, 2010-2011
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Human Rights Initiative a major grant to conduct a Sawyer Seminar on the theme of "Vulnerability and Resilience: Rethinking Human Rights for the 21st Century." For more information, please click here.
Through this grant, the Human Rights Initiative has also funded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Human Rights.