Seevak Human Rights and Social Justice Summer Fellowship

Seevak Fellowship

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, 'Is it expedient?' And then expedience comes along and asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' Conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Harvard Committee on Human Rights Studies

The Committee on Human Rights Studies promotes communication, coordination and collaboration among Harvard's many human rights initiatives. It develops proposals for human rights research, for curricular innovation, and for policy development at Harvard and among practitioners and scholars at large. The Committee also organizes university wide public events, including lecture series, conferences, panels and workshops. For more information see:

Proposed responsibilities include:

  • writing, editing and layout for the Committee’s annual report including interviewing alumni and past grant recipients, and collecting information on past events
  • helping to develop information systems for tracking events, programs, impact of programs on attendees, students etc.
  • providing research assistance for Professor Bhabha’s work on child migration, child citizenship, child soldiers, children’s rights
  • interacting with resident Scholars at Risk focusing on robotic de-mining, Iranian literature, Turkish-Armenian relations, Iraqi society and China/Uyghur relations
  • helping to develop the 2008-09 annual course guide for human rights courses at Harvard
  • working on curriculum development especially with respect to birth registration and children’s rights
  • helping to create networks with other human rights programs on campus
  • helping to create a new web-based Harvard Human Rights newsletter
  • developing the Committee’s website including a news page, on-line forms etc.
  • writing press releases to publicize human rights activities at Harvard
  • other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor