The Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR) begins
its eighth annual three-day conference entitled “Human Rights in
Transit: Issues of Forced Migration” on Thursday, January 20th. NUCHR
will welcome 43 undergraduate delegates to the conference this year:
four from Northwestern, two from Northwestern’s campus in Qatar, and the
remaining delegates from universities around the country, with a strong
presence from Stanford, Barnard and the University of Chicago.
NUCHR is the largest undergraduate student-organized and
student-attended conference on human rights in the United States. It is
housed in Northwestern’s Buffett Center for International and
Comparative Studies and funded by individual contributions from the
university’s schools and academic departments. Through programming
events, seminars, exposure trips and the culminating conference, NUCHR
provides a mechanism for critical discourse in order to challenge
assumptions and broaden perceptions on international human rights issues
at Northwestern and beyond. This year’s organization is directed by
Scott Chilberg, Julie Kornfeld and Katharine Nasielski, all Northwestern
University seniors, and is composed of a twenty-person executive board
and 40 general members.
The topic for this year’s conference was chosen by the entirety of the
organization last spring. After discussing several themes, the
organization selected forced migration unanimously.
NUCHR 2011 will feature Dr. Barbara Harrell-Bond for the closing keynote
address. Bond is internationally recognized as an expert on human rights
and migration issues, having founded the Refugee Studies Centre at
Oxford and a refugee studies program at the American University in Cairo.
Rose Mapendo, a former Congolese refugee who was named 2009 U.N.
Humanitarian of the Year, will give the middle keynote address.
“(Mapendo) was chosen because of her unique story about being a
Congolese refugee and the founder and spokesperson of Mapendo
International, a nonprofit organization that works to fill the needs of
people affected by conflict that have yet to receive proper humanitarian
assistance,” said Kornfeld.
Additional speakers at the event, who will be divided into four panels
on different topics within the larger theme, include various migration
and human rights experts, including Howard Adelman, Deborah Anker, Susan
Gzesh, Maureen Lynch, Andrew Rasmussen, Abigail Price, Pamela Goldberg,
Bob Carey, Stephanie Nawyn, Dr. Marie Provine, David W. Haines, Jack
Martin, Oscar Chacon and Ogenga Otunnu.
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