MA in International Education

Human Rights and Education Colloquium


The Human Rights and Education Colloquium was started in fall 2012 by graduate students at NYU Steinhardt. It provides a space for students to share, discuss and review research into the field of human rights. In lieu of Master's students presenting, HREC also welcomes professionals and practitioners in the field to share their expertise. 

Speaking about human rights almost inevitably involves encountering questions of education: cultural change and stability, authority and persuasion, norm diffusion and globalization, history and remembering, nationalism and democracy. We bring these two fields together in order to create a unique and interdisciplinary dialogue. ‘Human rights and education’ is an expansive and sweeping concept, and topics covered in colloquia are correspondingly broad.


How do I present?

If you already know what you would like to present, please send a short summary of your idea to the HREC co-chairs Hailey Breitenfeld ( and Jennifer Kong ( If you are wondering whether your research relates to HREC, please contact them and they will be happy to discuss it!

We encourage and support all forms of student research and presentations that are affiliated with human rights education. 

Fall 2016

Save the date! October 27th 5:30pm
Details forthcoming

The fall 2016 dates will be updated soon, please check back for more details.


Spring 2016

Conflict, Peacebuilding, and the Arts
Thursday, February 25, 6-7:30 pm
Kimball Hall, 3rd Floor Conference Room
246 Greene St., New York University

Coffee, wine, and light refreshments will be served. For more details, please check out the attached poster or read below.

Heddy LahmannPhD Student, International Education, NYU Steinhardt, presents her research on Afghan youth: Exploring identity in the context of an arts-based youth development program in Afghanistan

Abstract: Youth development programs, especially in less developed countries, have gained significant attention in light of the growing number of youth aligning themselves with extremist groups. Some evidence shows that creative arts activities offer a valuable vehicle for youth development, though there is a lack of rigorous research on the effects of these interventions in emergency settings (Jordans et al., 2009; Tyrer and Fazel, 2014). Bond Street Theatre (BST) is currently running a 2-year youth community engagement program in Afghanistan funded by the US State Department. Donors assume that youth in Afghanistan are in need of an “identity,” a “sense of purpose” and especially a “national identity” in order to “combat violent extremism.” Yet my interviews with these youth largely contradict these assumptions. This paper seeks to better understand the needs and desires of youth participating in the BST program in order to shed light on how youth development programs in conflict settings might adapt their objectives and assumptions in order to better serve the populations they are aimed at. I present preliminary findings from qualitative interviews with youth participating in the BST program.

Tammy KremerMasters Candidate in Arts and Peacebuilding at NYU Gallatin, will be discussing the role of arts and advocacy in the United States in creating peace and justice in Palestine/Israel. Specifically, she will discuss three areas; research on the potential role of American Jews; Her work with Zochrot, and NGO that focuses on educating Israeli Jews about the Nakba (displacement of Palestinians) and the Right of Return; and her podcast series, Love Letters to Zionists, based on love letters written by Jewish anti-Zionists to a beloved Zionist in their life. 

Marissa A. Gutiérrez-Vicario, Executive Director and Founder of Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), where she works with young people to create innovative art projects to bring awareness to human right abuses. Marissa brings significant experience working for social justice on the ground and around the world: she worked on a documentary film on labor rights in Mexico and volunteered for women’s rights nonprofits in Guatemala and Senegal. As a graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Marissa has a master’s degree in arts education. She has also received a master’s degree in public administration from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the University of Southern California. Marissa is also a member of Human Rights Educators-USA.