Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute


The Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute (DHRC@FHI) brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, staff and students to promote new understandings about global human rights issues. We put special emphasis on issues of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, income inequality, the environment and artistic responses in our teaching, programming and outreach. The Center is committed to the goal of social justice as well as the study and practice of accountability and reconciliation. In partnership with the FHI, we see the humanities as an essential frame and launch point for inquiry. Our goal is to foster collaborative, cross-disciplinary and critical thinking about human rights in both local and global contexts. We put particular emphasis on developing undergraduate courses and global experiences as well as sponsoring campus-wide events that encourage awareness and activism on global human rights issues.

The DHRC@FHI is co-directed by William H. Chafe (Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History, Emeritus) and Robin Kirk (Lecturer of Cultural Anthropology). They are joined on the Faculty Executive Committee by Erika Weinthal (Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy) and Nancy MacLean (William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy).

The DHRC@FHI is also home to the Pauli Murray Project.