The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) was established in
1978 at Columbia University as the Center for the Study of Human Rights
(CSHR). In Spring 2010, Columbia University elevated CSHR to the level
of an institute. ISHR is committed to its three core goals of providing
excellent human rights education to Columbia students, fostering
innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its
expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations,
and universities around the world.
Housed at ISHR, the AHDA program brings together scholars, students, representatives of civil
society organizations, journalists, educators and artists, as well as
policy makers and others who work on historical dialogue issues in
conflict, post-conflict and post-dictatorial societies. These
individuals address the political ramifications of the historical legacy
of conflicts, as well as the role and impact of the memory of past
violence on contemporary politics, society and culture.