The Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, staff and students to promote new understandings about global human rights issues. We put special emphasis on issues of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, income inequality, the environment and artistic responses in our teaching, programming and outreach. The Center is committed to the goal of social justice as well as the study and practice of accountability and reconciliation. In partnership with the FHI, we see the humanities as an essential frame and launch point for inquiry. Our goal is to foster collaborative, cross-disciplinary and critical thinking about human rights in both local and global contexts. We put particular emphasis on developing undergraduate courses and global experiences as well as sponsoring campus-wide events that encourage awareness and activism on global human rights issues.

The Center is dedicated to teaching and practicing human rights both at home and abroad. As a university entity, we encourage our students to think deeply about human dignity and rights at the same time that they understand their history, development and practice. With this in mind, we take this extraordinary opportunity to reassert, for our faculty, staff and students, the critical importance of respect for human rights as a core value. Sexism, racism and hatred of the other based on ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or religion are abhorrent and violations of basic principles of equality and mutual respect.