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Peacekeeping is Topic of Largest Student Human Rights Conference

Event draws undergraduate delegates from colleges across the nation

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January 14, 2013 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Looking for proof that today’s college students are globally involved? Visit Northwestern University’s Evanston campus Jan. 17 to 19 when undergraduate delegates from 40 universities across the country gather at the 10th annual Northwestern Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR).

The nation’s largest undergraduate student-organized and student-attended human rights conference, NUCHR will focus on “Human Rights and International Peacekeeping: From Military Intervention to Local Anti-Violence Efforts.” It kicks off Jan. 17 with a 7: 30 p.m. lecture by Arthur Boutellis of the International Peace Institute and concludes Jan. 19 with remarks at 6:30 p.m. by World Peace Festival and World Peace Partnership founder and CEO Tom Oliver.

The Thursday lecture will take place in Room 107 of Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston campus. The Jan. 19 keynote address will take place at McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston campus.

Boutellis worked with United Nations Missions in Haiti, Burundi and Chad before joining the International Peacekeeping Institute (IPI). His research and peace-building efforts have taken him to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Kosovo and occupied Palestinian territories. An independent think tank, IPI seeks to prevent and settle conflicts between and within states by strengthening peace and security institutions. 

Oliver, a singer/songwriter hailed by the United Nations as “a cross between Live 8 and the World Economic Forum,” founded the World Peace Partnership with support from the United Nations and partners including Deepak Chopra, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.

Between the lectures, student delegates from Northwestern, Yale, Stanford, Dartmouth and other institutions will participate in panels on international and local peacekeeping Jan. 18 and Jan. 19. The public is welcome to attend. For details, visit http://nuchr.net/.

Student delegates also will study local peacekeeping efforts in an experiential trip to several Chicago neighborhoods and attend an address by Tio Hardiman of Cure Violence, formerly known as Ceasefire. A Chicago group working at the street level to prevent violence, Cure Violence was the subject of “The Interrupters,” an award-winning film by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James.

NUCHR is sponsored by Northwestern’s Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies. For more information, contact Corinne Chin at corinnechin@u.northwestern.edu or (224) 392-4274, or Emily Jan at emilyjan2014@u.northwestern.edu or (248) 914-0490, or visit http://www.nuchr.net.