Human Rights, Reconciliation, and Restorative Justice:  East Texas and the World


This ETBU initiative for the academic year 2013-2014 receives support from a Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts Small Grant. The grant initiative involves faculty, staff, students, churches and community in interdisciplinary learning and service activities and events.

The program:

  • involves participants in panel discussions, chapel programs, and student activities that tackle issues of human rights, forgiveness and reconciliation, social justice, and a campus and local initiative to develop awareness and a program of restorative justice.

  • is associated with concurrent academic classes in literature, history, religion, political science and the behavioral sciences.

  • is intended to include participation by the public, public school and college students, and members of law enforcement, the bar and the judiciary.

  • involves professors whose disciplines, teaching or classes lead students to examine themes and topics related to the initiative. 

Premises: 

First, that the humanities and the social sciences provide complementary resources to complete the tasks of moral education, personal development and identity, spiritual maturity, and responsible engagement with family, community, the nation and world. 

Second, that the humanities contribute to personal and civic virtues through studies in literature and media on themes of justice and reconciliation, through biblical and theological studies, and through activities that promote awareness of similar concerns among societies around the world.