The Border Crisis: Event Recap

On Monday, October 8, 2019, the Reiff Center co-sponsored a screening of the full-length documentary Undeterred with the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula. This film primarily focused on the small border community of Arivaca, Arizona and the impact of increased militarization of border control since the 1990s. According to the documentary, there has […]

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The Border Crisis: Criminalizing Humanitarian Aid

On October 7th, The Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, in conjunction with the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, will be featuring the full-length documentary, Undeterred, the story of life on the U.S.-Mexico Border in Southern Arizona at 6:30 PM, in the Freeman Center’s Gaines Theater. The film will be followed […]

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What You Should Know About the Decades-Long Militarization of the Southern Border

By Madeline Nichols and Savannah Sherman On October 7th, The Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, in conjunction with the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, will be featuring the full-length documentary, Undeterred, the story of life on the U.S.-Mexico Border in Southern Arizona at 6:30 PM, in the Freeman Center’s Gaines […]

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The Border Crisis: Understanding the Motives for Migration

On October 7th, The Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, in conjunction with the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, will be featuring the full-length documentary, Undeterred, the story of life on the U.S.-Mexico Border in Southern Arizona at 6:30 PM, in the Freeman Center’s Gaines Theater. The film will be followed […]

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Reflections on my summer internship with the International Rescue Committee

This summer, I worked as a Casework Intern with the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville, Virginia. As someone who holds a particular interest in refugee crises, working for a nonprofit organization such as IRC was a dream of mine. While the IRC assists many people from refugees, to asylum seekers, to human trafficking victims, IRC […]

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Autocratic Populism: Examining Turkey and the United States

Throughout the duration of the Fall semester, the Reiff Center hosted a variety of thought provoking events that engaged not only Christopher Newport University students and faculty, but also members of the Newport News and surrounding communities. One such event was a lecture given by Dr. Kimberly Guiler, a Research Fellow with the Middle East […]

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When Human Rights Go Unreported

An Examination of Women’s and LGBT Rights Reporting Under the Trump Administration In May of 2017, President Donald Trump stated, “We are not here to lecture – we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship.” How does this type of rhetoric affect […]

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Threat of Russian Foreign Agent Law to Human Rights

In November of 2012, Russia passed the infamous “Foreign Agent Law” that requires all organizations participating in political activities and receiving foreign funding to register with the state as foreign agents. This law follows Putin’s agenda to repress civil society to protect national security, but that repression has proved detrimental to human rights in Russia […]

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The Consequences of Nikki Haley’s Resignation from Ambassador to the U.N.

On October 9th, President Donald Trump announced the resignation of Nimrata “Nikki” Haley from her post as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Haley will leave her post by the end of this year. Coming just four weeks before the midterm elections, this unexpected announcement was a surprise to the public, as well […]

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Popular Uprisings and Mass Killings: How Are They Related?

On Thursday, September 27th, the Reiff Center at CNU hosted Dr. Evan Perkoski, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He spoke to a crowd of CNU students, professors, and members of the Newport News community regarding mass killings during popular uprisings. Dr. Perkoski began by discussing the […]

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