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November 15, 2019

Fr. Kitima Comments on Human Rights in Tanzania

Students in the Masters of Arts in Human Rights program had the opportunity to meet with Fr. Charles Kitima about the geopolitical situation in Tanzania, particularly the protection of human rights and the role of religious populations within the country's history.
November 8, 2019

On the Supreme Court’s Horizon: Presidential Power

The Supreme Court has decided to hear a case with significant implications regarding the powers of the presidency. The case, "Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," concerns the power of the president to remove the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

The salient facts are straightforward...
November 8, 2019

Master’s Student Reflects on Work With the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Having aided in the campaign to block pornography on The Catholic University of America’s campus network, I was surprised to find a non-profit dedicated to exactly that. The work NOSCE does is a benefit for all of society and its staff should receive much praise for their accomplishments. They have successfully gotten billion-dollar companies to remove pornographic content from their platforms...
November 8, 2019

The Gardens of Ordinary Times

Years ago, a child in my family asked, "If a Church is God’s house, is a cemetery God’s garden?" I lack the theologically correct answer. Yet, that question recognized what I know is true: there is something profoundly sacred about the land where we lay our loved ones to rest.
November 7, 2019

Student Helps Teach English To Human Rights Hero Chen Guangcheng

While pursuing her M.A. in Human Rights, Abigail Wilkinson has had an extraordinary opportunity: to gain wisdom from human rights activist Chen Guangcheng. She is helping him improve his English language skills, which will, in turn, enable him to more effectively share his experiences in China. In the following blog, she writes about this enriching experience.
November 4, 2019

The Myth of Technocratic Infallibility

"Modern government", asserts IHE Fellow Andrew Yuengert, "is a collaboration between "politicians" and "technocrats." Yuengert's article in Public Discourse discusses the supposed objectivity of this collaboration and how we can engage in healthier political debates, informed by the knowledge that most data is not politically neutral.
October 31, 2019

MA in Human Rights students meet with law professor Lucia Silecchia

Lucia Silecchia discussed with Catholic University’s new MA in Human Rights students on the topics of environmental law and ethics. She shared with them her interest in environmental law and duty to preserve God’s creation.
October 24, 2019

Abortion Comes To The Supreme Court: High Court Will Review Case on Louisiana Law

William Saunders, J.D., Director of the Program in Human Rights, comments on the Supreme Court's October 4 decision to review a Louisiana abortion case. "Two and a half years ago, the court decided Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. In that decision, the high court struck down a Texas law that, among other things, required abortionists to have admitting privileges in a local hospital. The two cases seem more or less identical. What has changed? Why would the court consider the issue again?"
October 23, 2019

The Ecological Crisis: A Common Responsibility

In this piece from Dr. Reinhard Huetter, Fellow and Professor at The Catholic University of America, he discusses Pope Saint John Paul II's message for the celebration of the World Day of Peace.
October 17, 2019

Program Director William Saunders Addresses Human Rights in China with Chen Guangcheng

Last month, the IHE held its second Annual Lecture on Human Rights, "Thirty Years after Tiananmen Square: Human Rights in China Today." William Saunders, J. D., Director of the Program in Human Rights, hosted speaker Chen Guangcheng, the blind human rights activist and Chinese dissident known internationally as "the barefoot lawyer."

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The Catholic University of America

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