Human Rights minors Christina Schiciano and Alina Utrata were sitting in the Introduction to Human Rights class their senior year when they realized that, after four years of studying human rights at Stanford, they had probably learned about the major historical case studies several times. But looking around at the other students who were just starting out on their journey in human rights, they realized that they had often never heard of these histories before. Wouldn't it be great if there was something that could give students a "crash course" in these cases? So when they had to decide what to do for their Human Rights Minor capstone, they thought: a podcast! And thus the "History and Human Rights" podcast series was born!
As the capstone for Alina and Christina's human rights minor, the podcast series is intended to provide background of major case studies in human rights to students or individuals who are interested in learning more about human rights. The episodes are around 30 to 40 minutes long, and provide a basic background of the history and more recent updates of major human rights case studies. There are currently two podcasts that are available. The first focuses on the Cambodian genocide during the Khmer Rouge period and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. The second examines the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and a major case at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Rwandan genocide.
Prospective or current human rights minors who are interested in recording a podcast for their capstone should contact the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford or check out more information about the Human Rights Minor.