Marshall Meyer as a student with A.J. Heschel“A person must be informed, not disinformed.  And if you have the feeling that you are being disinformed then it is your job to study the issues involved.”

Marshall Meyer, WFAS Interview 1986, Marshall T. Meyer Papers, The Human Rights Archive, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Marshall Meyer spoke passionately and eloquently on the connections among human rights, history, and education.  He argued that only through education can we come to understand the complexity of the challenges to human rights and human dignity.  He insisted that part of our responsibility in a democracy is a commitment to remember the past, no matter how onerous it may be, in order to pursue an enlightened future.  “But we must talk about it; if we don’t, we’re guilty.  You see one mustn’t forget these things,” said Meyer, referring to the atrocities and human rights violations committed by the military junta that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983.  The Duke Human Rights Archive, repository of the Marshall T. Meyer papers, honors and expands upon his call for a human rights activism founded on education and historical awareness through the Marshall T. Meyer Research Travel Grant programs.

Human Rights Travel Grants

Our unique collections are of world-wide importance.  The Duke Human Rights Archive aims to promote and foster scholarship in the history of human rights by offering short-term Marshall T. Meyer Research Travel Grants.  The grants cover expenses up to $2,000 for researchers traveling internationally, and $1,500 for researchers traveling within the USA.

For more information and instructions on how to apply please visit the Rubenstein Library's Travel Grants page.

What projects are supported?

Research Travel Grants support projects that present creative approaches, including  historical research and documentation projects resulting in dissertations, publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or other multimedia products and artistic works.

Research projects must use materials from the Human Rights Archive's collections and include a focus on human rights and social justice.  Anyone who wishes to use materials from the Human Rights Archive's collections for historical research related to the history of human rights may apply, regardless of academic status.

Please review the Human Rights Archive libguide to begin exploring our collections and preparing your application.