The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice supports campus initiatives related to human rights and social justice, which play a prominent role in the mission and curriculum of Illinois Wesleyan University.

These initiatives include

In addition, the CHRSJ sponsors prominent guest speakers and summer internships, and provides information about the graduate programs and prospective NGO opportunities in the human rights field.

6th Annual Human Rights and Social Justice Research Workshop! Feb 23-25, 2018 

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Human Rights and Social Justice Research Workshop 2018


Fall Film Festival, featuring the works of Chantal Akerman film festival poster

The fall film festival presented by the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice will be November 14-17, 2016. This year features the works of Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman. Her films are known for deconstructing women's lives to explore identity, sexuality, time, and religion. The New York Times described Akerman as seeking to break free of linear narratives and direct explanation. On November 16, Janet Bergstorm, professor of film at UCLA, will give a lecture titled "Disappearance Stories in the Films of Chantal Akerman: The Captive" preceding the showing of The Captive.

The films being shown are: Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels, South, The Captive, and NO HOME MOVIE.



Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice Internships

Thanks to the generous support of IWU alumni from the class of 1970, the Fund for Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, and Social Justice, to be administered by the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, has been established for the purpose of supporting relevant student internships and campus programming in these thematic areas.

Beginning this summer and continuing through the 2016-17 academic year, the Center will offer up to $5,000 in individual stipends to qualified students in the graduating classes of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 who complete human rights, environmental sustainability, and social justice internships. 

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