Rights & Identities in the Americas: Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, and Contemporary Challenges (Fall 2017)

This DukeImmerse explores human rights principles within the context of migration and identity. 

The Americas are a historic crucible for the development of human rights principles. The region has witnessed devastating abuses; it has also given rise to compelling ideas about protection of rights, including the rights of indigenous communities, women and families.

Rights & Identities in the Americas takes an interdisciplinary, integrated look at the history of human rights in the Americas, indigenous rights through the lens of language and culture, and connections between the state, family, gender and immigration. The program examines these issues on the ground in Durham and Mexico, where Dr. Liliana Paredes is conducting on-going research. Students meet with and interview indigenous immigrant families who have settled in Durham, then visit the “feeder towns” in Mexico where these families came from and still maintain close ties. This paired focus will allow students to see rights questions “at home” while at the same time linking them to transnational issues and processes that are reshaping the relationship between North and South America.

Rights & Identities in the Americas
 draws on the expertise of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Duke Human Rights Archive in the Rubenstein Library and the Duke Human Rights Center @the Franklin Humanities Institute.

Read the reflections of Spring 2016 students, as they studied indigenous rights, immigration policy and globalism with a peer cohort from la Universidad de las Americas Puebla (Mexico).

Prerequisites: Writing 101

Application: Applications are due to Emily Stewart (emily.stewart@duke.edu) Thursday, March 30th, 12noon.

Program fee: $1,000; Duke covers this cost for all students receiving financial support. Contact Duke’s Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support (finaid@duke.edu) for more information.

Lead Faculty

Robin Kirk
Faculty Co-Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute; Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology and International Comparative Studies

Liliana Paredes
Professor of the Practice, Romance Studies

Sarah Deutsch
Professor of History and Women’s Studies
Contact Robin Kirk (rights@duke.edu) or Emily Stewart (emily.stewart@duke.edu) to learn more.

Courses include:

  • Family Rights/Human Rights (Sarah Deutsch) HISTORY 389S-01; PUBPOL 346S-01: CCI, EI, CZ, SS
  • Human Rights in Latin America, (Robin Kirk) CULANTH 245-01; HISTORY 242S-01: CZ, CCI, W
  • Identity and Linguistic Rights (Liliana Paredes) LINGUIST 390S-01; ROMST 390S-02: SS CCI, EI
  • Research in Human Rights (Sarah Deutsch and Robin Kirk) PUBPOL 414S-01; HISTORY 390S-02: R, W

“DukeImmerse was one of the best decisions I made in my undergraduate education because it allowed me to create strong relationships with my professors and peers, explore a topic in depth and improve my research skills.” Elizabeth Barahona ’18

“DukeImmerse helped me grow not only as a student but as a person. It was the most rewarding educational experience I’ve ever had.” Lauren Kelly ’16

Meet the students from Spring 2016, Fall 2014, and Fall 2013.

Read an op-ed by 2016 participant Cole Wicker: With HB2, what it’s like to be gender fluid me in NC, and paper on The Human Rights Impacts of VAWA 2013 by Lauren Kelly.

Learn more about DukeImmerse.