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Host a discussion on human rights and/or integrate human rights into your teaching.   How you can get involved: below you will find information on how you can promote human rights, as well as resources to assist you in taking action.

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Identifying the Connections

Are you interested in hosting a discussion, but unsure of how your work connects to human rights? Click here for a collection of resources to help you find the connections.


Teaching Resources 

For sample syllabi, suggested readings, human rights instruments, and other useful documents to aid in incorporating human rights into coursework, browse these teaching resources.                         


Identifying a Speaker 

-The Committee on Human Rights can help individuals seeking to identify speakers for events.  Request assistance by contacting

-AAAS's Science and Human Rights Coalition helps members identify speakers who can address specific science and human rights issues.

-The Union of Concerned Scientists accepts speaker requests submitted via this form.                                             

-The Scholars at Risk Speaker Series brings displaced scholars to campuses to discuss academic freedom.


Hosting a Discussion

The Union of Concerned Scientists has produced a document with tips on hosting a public event.   



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Attacks on Health Care Professionals

The targeting of health care professionals, including in situations of conflict and crisis,  is a significant human rights concern that warrants greater global attention. We have put together a collection of resources regarding Attacks on Health Care Professionals to assist in hosting a discussion on this issue.   


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 The American Chemical Society hosted a symposium, "Chemical Sciences and Human Rights", during its 2016 National Meeting. The symposium featured a presentation by Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kean University, which focused on how to integrate human rights into the work of chemists. Visit the American Chemical Society's website to learn more and watch a webinar based on Dr. Toney's presentation here. During the Committee on Human Rights briefing at the National Academy of Sciences' 2017 Annual Meeting, Mr. John Scott-Railton of The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto spoke about the use of digital surveillance to target individuals, including human rights activists. Watch an interview with Mr. Scott-Railton held after the briefing and read a summary of his work on the CHR website.  During a 2015 meeting of the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Dr. Kate Porterfield of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture presented on the impact of psychological torture. Watch this Question & Answer video with Dr. Porterfield on providing mental health care for torture survivors.  


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