The interdisciplinary Minor in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution will explore the different ways in which peace and justice can be achieved. Core issues studied include: the legal, cultural, social, and political basis of human rights, the causes and nature of violence, societal conflict, and war between states, and methods of conflict management, peace implementation, and reconciliation on the personal, group, national, and international levels. The minor facilitates the discovery of ways to overcome conflict and work towards peace. Critical thinking and interdisciplinary approaches link issues of conflict, conflict resolution, and peace with human rights, the rule of law, and social justice.


For more details, please visit: http://cnu.edu/academics/areasofstudy/minor-humanrights/

Every fall, the Reiff Center hosts a lecture on the topic of the Israeli-Palestine conflict and offers the $1,000 Borgenicht Fellowship Prize for the best essay written in response to the lecture. The essay must reflect an important aspect of Israeli-Palestinian relations as discussed in the lecture, and must not exceed 2,500 words.

The 2018 prize was awarded to Emma Croushore for her essay, "Shared Female Religious Figures in Islam and Judaism: A Potential Source of Unity in the Gendered Israel-Palestine Conflict."

Every spring, the Reiff Center holds an the Santoro Prize essay contest. The $1,000 prize is awarded for the best scholarly or creative student project related to human rights, genocide, or conflict resolution. All enrolled undergraduate students are eligible to participate, and the contest is usually announced in February. 

The prize is awarded to a scholarly paper that excels in originality, argumentation, depth of analysis, and writing style OR to a creative submission that shows great originality, depth of insight or theme exploration, and disciplinary integrity.  

In May 2019, Reiff Director Suparna Chaudhry will lead a group on students on a Study Abroad opportunity to Dehli, India. This two-week course allows students the opportunity to study the politics, history, and economy of South Asia through the lens of British colonialism, understanding the impact that British rule has had through to today. This course will ultimately provide students a better understanding of the impact of colonialism on systems of governance, foreign policy, human rights, and the economies of developing countries.