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Glazer Human Rights Program in Buenos Aires

The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Pepperdine University partners with International Programs to office the Buenos Aires Glazer Human Rights Internship. The program includes two core courses aimed at introducing students to the evolution of human rights and the experience of involuntarily dispersed communities, due to forced resettlement, nationalist conflict, racism, slavery, and war. Students will study the implications of the vast movement of people, ideas, beliefs, and goods across the world, along with the legal, social, and cultural obstacles they face. It is our hope that the students enrolled in this program will learn about the global conditions of human rights and diaspora communities, and gain invaluable perspectives to think critically about reforms both at home and abroad.

Home to the largest Jewish population in Latin America, Buenos Aires is an exceptional location to host an undergraduate summer program focused on Human Rights and dispersed communities. Students will stay with local Jewish families while they are enrolled in the program to gain a first-hand experience of life in a diaspora community. Students will gain additional cultural and social experiences, as we visit key sites in Buenos Aires and the surrounding area. This program will integrate perfectly with the mission of Pepperdine's International Programs in cultivating increased awareness, understanding, and respect for other cultures.

*Non–US citizens interested in the Buenos Aires Program must speak with the International Programs Office before submitting an application to discuss the visa process.

Program Dates

 May 7 - June 9, 2017

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.

Cost Information 

Course Offerings

Students must take a minimum of 7 units. If a student is accepted into the program and enrolls in both of the following courses, then he or she will receive a $1,100 scholarship.

  • HIST 405.02: History of International Human Rights (4 units, fulfills SAAJ 123)
    • In this course taught by Professor Ed Larson, students will focus on a series of historical case studies and discuss key issues and debates surrounding the evolution of human rights.

Student must have completed SAAJ 121 and SAAJ 122 in order for this class to count as SAAJ 123; otherwise it will count as an elective.

  • REL 301: Diaspora Studies in Historical and Comparative Perspectives (3 units)
    • This course will be taught by Adjunct Faculty Drew Billings and will focus on the experience of dispersed religious and ethnic groups, from ancient Mesopotamia to modern times, due to forced resettlement, nationalist conflict, racism, slavery, and war.

The Buenos Aires Family

Contact the Buenos Aires Program Staff

The visiting faculty member for the Glazer Human Rights Program will be:

Ed Larson, Seaver College History Professor and Director of the Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies

Purpose and Mission

Founded in 2008, the Glazer Institute was established based on the understanding that as a Christian University, Pepperdine's students are especially open to discussions of faith and identity, but are often unacquainted with Christianity's historical and ongoing relationship with Judaism. The Glazer Institute is designed to increase a majority-Christian academic community's exposure to, discussion of, and awareness of Jewish history and culture. The Institute's mission is becoming increasingly important in today's globalized and expanding world. Still, many people of faith remain isolated in their own tradition, guarded and insular of other religions. This is particularly true within Christianity and Judaism—these two faiths, still inextricably intertwined, often maintain a wary and distant stalemate. With this in mind, the Glazer Institute works in three major areas to promote dialogue and understanding among the children of Abraham. Through work in the classroom, international opportunities, and co-curricular programs, it continues to expand horizons, challenge stereotypes, and open doors to lives of service, understanding, respect, and faith.