Course crosslisted with LATC-GA 1045.
In this graduate seminar, students will study international human rights standards, topical case studies in Latin America, the role of international and local NGOs in the human rights movement, popular resistance and social movements in the Latin American human rights movement, the role of media and representation in reporting and promoting human rights, educational initiatives for human rights, and the many choices society has after collective violence.
PETER LUCAS’s teaching and scholarly writing focuses on human rights with an emphasis on participatory media, documentary practice, photography, the poetics of witnessing, human rights education, and youth media. His publications Viva Favela: Photojournalism, Visual Inclusion, and Human Rights in Brazil and Action for Disarmament: Ten Things You Can Do.
As a filmmaker, he works as a director, creative producer, and producer on shorts and feature-length documentaries. In 2012, he won the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for his film The Amazon Star, a visual travelogue of the Amazon River, currently in post-production. In 2015 he was a Documentary Fellow at the Sundance Institute for his creative producing on the film Hooligan Sparrow directed by Nanfu Wang. This film opened at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2016 and was the opening night film at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Netflix is currently streaming the film and it was short-listed for the 2017 Oscars for best documentary.