Environment and Human Rights: Sustainable Development and Environmental Accountability
NUCHR's 2014 conference focused on climate change, sustainable development, environmental accountability, and the relationship between our environment and human rights. Conference attendees examined the effect of environmental abuses and climate change on vulnerable communities, particularly with regards to issues of water, land, and food accessibility and distribution.
Human Rights and International Peacekeeping: From Military Intervention to Local Anti-Violence Efforts
Participants explored the political, economic, and social forces behind international peacekeeping in order to understand the complexities underlying global and local efforts to build and to sustain peace in areas of conflict. Participants also went on an experiential learning trip to Cure Violence, a local organization working to end violence in Chicago. Speakers included Arthur Boutellis, Senior Policy Analyst at the International Peace Institute in New York, and Tom Oliver, founder and CEO of the World Peace Festival and World Peace Partnership.
From Famine to Food Deserts: Human Rights and the Global Food Crisis
Conference attendees explored the systemic causes behind hunger and famine worldwide in addition to the intersection of domestic food practices with international food issues. Attendees also learned about the topic through an experiential learning trip into Chicago, interacting with community organizers and food rights activists. Speakers included Raymond C. Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America, and Roger Thurow, author of “Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty” and "The Last Hunger Season."
2011 Human Rights in Transit: Issues of Forced Migration
2010 Urban Slums: The Shadow of the Humanitarian Generation
2009 Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid: Sovereignty, Accountability, and Effectiveness
2008 Globalization and the Universality of Human Rights
2007 Torture: A Critical Look
2006 The Chains that Remain: Human Trafficking in a Global Context
2005 U.S. Policy Toward AIDS in the Developing World
2004 U.S. Interventionist Policy