Worcester State University
Center for the Study of Human Rights


Dennis Brutus/Merrill Goldwyn Center for the Study of Human Rights

The Center for the Study of Human Rights (CSHR) was co-founded in 1982 by Professor Merrill Goldwyn and Worcester resident Rev. Paul Ferrin with the goal of bringing a strong human rights program to the college. Since its founding, the CSHR has aimed to promote awareness about various human rights issues through curriculum development and through lectures, speakers, and symposia that address these issues.

The CSHR sponsors the WSU chapter of Amnesty International, which seeks to promote student-led initiatives for social justice. Over the years the CSHR has held many events that promote a greater understanding and awareness of human rights. The CSHR has co-sponsored events with groups such as Intergenerational Urban Institute, Global Studies, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Some of the past speakers include Shirley Chisholm, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eli Wiesel, Joshua Rubenstein, Congressman James P. McGovern, and Steven Keenan ’63. The CSHR also maintains the Dennis Brutus Collection in the Learning Resource Center which makes numerous manuscripts, letters, books, and other documents available to researchers.

Related Links
  Dennis Brutus Collection
  Amnesty International
  Human Rights Day

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