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The Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation (KHREF) is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit corporation established in 2008 that seeks to motivate students to contribute to the effort to create a world where everyone’s human rights are realized.   Hence the Foundation sponsors human rights essay contests and other human rights oriented academic activities.

Richard M. Kemper, a lieutenant in the United States army, was killed in France during World War II.  Subsequently, his parents, Adolph and Helen Kemper, purchased land by the high school he attended and dedicated it to all those who fought and died defending human rights.

Human rights are entitlements to which individuals have a just claim. They include the right to be free from discrimination, torture, and arbitrary arrest; the right to obtain a minimum standard of living, be educated, own property, and express unpopular opinions; and the right to participate equally with others in determining the rules that govern the society they live in.


Paul Cantor, Ph.D., a professor of economics and Richard Kemper's nephew is the president of the KHREF board.  Other members of the board are: Monojit Chatterji, Ph.D., a professor of economics who in addition to publishing many refereed journal articles won the prestigious Economics Network prize for his undergraduate course in economics; Yvonne Lopaur, M.A., a retired high school science teacher; Richard Marsico, J.D., the director of New York Law School’s Justice Action Center and the author of Democratizing Capital: The History, Law, and Reform of the Community Reinvestment ActGlenn Mitoma, Ph.D., professor of human rights at the University of Connecticut, director of the Thomas J. Dodd Research and author of Human Rights and the Negotiation of American PowerSamuel Moyn, J.D., Ph.D., professor of Law at Yale University and the author of: Human Rights and the Uses of History; The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History; Christian Human Rights; and, Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas Between Revelation and Ethics; Sanjit Shaw, J.D., a Partner at Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP, was the editor of the Fordham Urban Law Journal; Roger Sparks, Ph.D., a professor of economics and former chair of the department of economics at Mills College; Mary Templin, Ph.D., a professor of literature at the University of Toledo and author of Panic Fiction: Antebellum Women Writers and Economic Crisis.

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