Rights & Identities in the Americas: Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, and Contemporary Challenges – Spring 2016; Fall 2014, 2013 (by permission only)

DukeImmerse Rights & Identities student in Mexico, spring 2016

Alexandra Viqueira, DukeImmerse Rights & Identities student, in Mexico (Spring 2016)

Lead Faculty: 

  • Robin KirkFaculty Co-Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute; Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology and International Comparative Studies
  • Sarah Deutsch, Professor of History and Women’s Studies
  • Liliana ParedesAssociate Professor of the Practice of Spanish and Director of the Spanish Language Program

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.

DukeImmerse - Rights & Identities in the Americas cohort, with peer cohort from la Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico (Spring 2016)

DukeImmerse – Rights & Identities in the Americas cohort, with peer cohort from la Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico (Spring 2016)

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 and Duke PhD student, Ana Ugarte, are 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, Fall 2013

Rights & Identities in the Americas Fall 2013 cohort (Chile)

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


  • Family Rights/Human Rights (Sarah Deutsch; cross-listed as HIST 389S-01, PUBPOL 346S; CZ, SS, CCI, EI)
  • Linguistics and Human Rights (Liliana Paredes, cross-listed as LIN390S-01, and ROMST 309S-02; SS, CCI, EI)
  • Human Rights in the Americas (Robin Kirk; CULANTH 245; cross-listed in History, Latin America, International Comparative Studies; ALP, CZ, CCI, EI)
  • Research in Human Rights (Sarah Deutsch & Liliana Paredes; cross-listed as HIST 390S-02 and PUBPOL 414S-01; R, W)

Program Fee: $1,000; Duke covers this cost for all students receiving financial support.

Contact  Robin Kirk (rights@duke.edu) or Emily Stewart (emily.stewart@duke.edu) to learn more.

Fall 2014, Chile

Fall 2014, Chile

Rights & Identities students, Chile, Fall 2013

Fall 2013, Chile

Chile, Spring 2013

Fall 2013, Chile