The Center for Holocaust Genocide Studies was established in 1997 by Dr. Stephen C. Feinstein with the combined support of private endowments and the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts. As our founding director, Dr. Feinstein was a visionary innovator who worked tirelessly to promote the ideals, programs, and resources of CHGS on an international scale. As scholar, colleague, mentor, and friend, he was cherished by people around the world whose personal and professional lives were impacted by the Holocaust and other genocides. CHGS stands as a living memorial to his legacy. Professor Alejandro Baer is the current director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
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Located in the Univeristy of Minnesota Law School, the Human Rights Center
assists human rights advocates,
monitors, students, educators, and volunteers access effective tools,
practices, and networks to promote a culture of human rights and
responsibilities in our local, national, and international communities.
The University of Minnesota Human Rights Center was inaugurated December 1988 on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The principal focus of the Human Rights Center is to help train effective human rights professionals and volunteers. Professors Kristi Rudelius-Palmer and David Weissbrodt serve as co-directors of the Human Rights Center.
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The Program in Human Rights and Health originated as the Program in Human Rights and Medicine founded in 1988 by Professors GEM Anscombe (Philosophy, Cambridge University), John M Dolan (Philosophy, University of Minnesota) and Hymie Gordon (Medical Genetics, Mayo Clinic). Joined by co-chair Steven E Calvin, MD (Perinatalogy) the Program affiliated in 1996 with the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health in the University of Minnesota's Medical School. Kirk C Allison PhD joined as associate director in 2000. Professors Jasper Hopkins, Department of Philosophy, and Bryan Dowd, School of Public Health, joined as co-chairs in 2002. In 2006 the Program transferred to the School of Public Health adopting the broader name Program in Human Rights and Health, with Kirk Allison as director. "Health" reflects a broader view which comprehends not only medicine but the broader population perspective of public health.
The Program is devoted to scholarly investigation, practical projects and educational programs that bear on a wide range of moral, legal and public policy issues involving medicine and public health. Sources of problems addressed include first the astonishingly swift increase in technical knowledge (genetic diagnostics, stem cell biology, reproductive technologies, transplantation, therapeutics, and general biomedical science); second a widening gap in public health infrastructure and medical care available to the affluent and that of the poor (particularly in developing nations); third the explosive growth in medical costs; and, finally, shifts in demography and philosophy.
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