"Do You Remember?": Deconstructing Memory Within Human Rights

NUCHR's 15th annual conference on human rights will take place from January 11-13, 2018. The weekend will feature a series of panels, keynote speakers, experiential learning events, and field trips revolving around the topic of memory and human rights. Our range of high-profile speakers will include neuroscientists, activists, journalists, artists, authors, educators, policy makers, and historians.

This year, we have selected a cohort of 48 delegates to participate in our conference. They are a range of undergraduate and graduate students from college campuses in North America. 

The conference will consist of an opening keynote, three panels, a field trip to various local Chicago organizations , and conclude with a closing keynote. 

Visit our Speakers and Site Visits pages to read more. 

Opening Keynote: Paul Rusesabagina, Thursday, January 11 at 7:30 PM in Harris Hall 107

Panel 1: Roots, Friday, January 12 at 9:30 AM in Kellogg Weiboldt Hall 150
Formation and Endurance: Everything not saved is lost.
We are inextricably bound to the memories held in our cultures, families, art, histories, and bodies themselves. In this panel, we will focus on the challenges of preserving a multifaceted history with no incontrovertible truths, gaining insights from scholars who study the enduring biological imprints of trauma and memory, performers who preserve experience through oral history, and architects and artists who produce monuments and memorials. 

Chicago Site Visits, Friday, January 12, 1-4 PM

Storytelling Event, Friday, January 12 at 5:30PM at the American Indian Center of Chicago

Panel 2: Branches, Saturday, January 13 at 9:30 AM in Harris L07
Consolidation and Excavation: Reconciling the past with the world today
The past is never past. Memories, both painful and proud, need to inform how we process, heal, and curate our understanding of the world. In this panel we will examine how we consolidate the past to grapple with contemporary issues. Panelists from across scholarly, artistic, and public disciplines come together to discuss how they keep their practices and work grounded in indispensable memories.

Panel 3: Seeds, Saturday, January 13 at 12:30 PM in Harris L07
Reconstruction and Resilience: Memories of the past fueling change for the future.
Past experiences, both communal and individual, not only leave indelible imprints on every-day consciousness and society, but also extend into every possible iteration of the future. Memory can inspire broader social awareness and catalyze change as we move into a more resilient tomorrow. In this panel, we will discuss how memories inform our activism, politics, organizing, art, and scholarship as we move forward into the future.

Closing Keynote: Carmen Perez, Saturday, January 13 at 5:30 PM in Harris 107