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February 3, 2020

“Do You Hear the People Sing” – One Student’s Reflection on the March for Life

A student in the M.A. in Human Rights had an on-the-ground look at this year's March for Life. She offers her thoughts on the group gathered, the dynamics of having President Trump speak, and the right to protest.
January 10, 2020

Students Meet with Republican Staff Director and Member of the Human Rights Commission

Students of the M.A. in Human Rights program had the unique opportunity to meet with Piero Tozzi, Republican Staff Director, and Tom Lantos of the Human Rights Commission. Together, they discussed how it is possible to be a voice for the voiceless while working on the Capitol.
January 9, 2020

527,040 Minutes of Ordinary Times

In her biweekly column, Professor Silecchia reflects upon all of the (extra)ordinary moments yet to come in this new year. Each small gesture, though only an instant, can have an unforeseen impact on those around us.
December 19, 2019

Christ Comes to Ordinary Times

Professor Silecchia reflects on a painting that she had never noticed - until it caught the eye of a toddler in her family. From that moment, she began to appreciate the tremendous message in this particular depiction of the Madonna and Christ Child.
December 13, 2019

Fasting for Body and Soul

Professor Jay W. Richards, Ph.D. addresses Christians' relationship and history with fasting, both for religious and health reasons. He introduces his new book as a work that fills a void in fasting literature, covering fasting's benefits to body and soul.
December 11, 2019

Human Rights Program Director Reflects on the 71st Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly announced and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The Declaration, adopted unanimously, states certain rights that must be respected, among them the right to life, the right to religious freedom, and the right to marry and found a family.   It is a remarkable achievement, reflecting a consensus among the diverse collection of nations that make up the UN, nations that hardly ever agree on anything. But they agreed this time.  Why? 
December 4, 2019

M.A. in Human Rights Students Meet with the Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett

Students had the opportunity to hear Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett, Director of the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute, on topics ranging from his personal and professional experiences to the decline of Catholicism in Quebec as well as the rise of French-style laïcité in the province, and how that is used to discriminate against Catholics as well as Muslims.
December 3, 2019

Unborn Human Life and Fundamental Rights: Leading Constitutional Cases under Scrutiny

IHE Fellow and director of the program in human rights, William Saunders, J.D., has a new book about legal protection for the basic human right to life. Contributors examine countries in North America, Europe, and Latin America, with a concluding essay by John Finnis.
November 20, 2019

Trading Ordinary Times for Advent

As we look towards Christmas, Professor Silecchia reminds us that the holidays can be a time of sorrow for some. She sheds light on how Advent is actually a fitting time for remembering sorrow and fostering hope.
November 20, 2019

Saint Josephine Bakhita Honored In Museum of the Bible Exhibit

Saint Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of the M.A. program because of her fight for freedom and human rights. In the following article, a student reflects on her inclusion in an exhibit at the Museum of the Bible that features those who fought for justice against slavery.

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The Catholic University of America

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