Northeastern Illinois University's 9th Annual
Genocide and Human Rights Research Conference

From Roots to reparations to trust building

February 23, 24 & 25, 2023
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Keynote Speaker: Alice Nderitu, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide


Keynote speaker Alice Nderitu

About the Conference Theme

Genocide, mass atrocities and other human rights violations are unfortunately expansive in time and space. Such human violence is devastating at the individual and societal levels. Even when the full blown stops, it continues to impact lives in the form of trauma that perpetuates through generations until the deep wounds are addressed. The damage lingers as people try to heal and rebuild their lives after the tragedy. Reconstructing peace feels like a distant hope, and what happens in the years after can either enhance the progress towards trust or hamper progress. The roots of genocide and madd atrocities are numerous and context-bound. Truth telling and establishing the conditions for reparations are emerging as a form of restorative and reparative justice worldwide. Researching and studying them can help to construct methodologies to prevent further atrocities from occurring. 

We invite scholars and those working in the field of genocide, human rights, truth telling, reparations, in exploring the roots of mass violence and to prevent further occurrences. We encourage popular education and creative and interactive presentations, including hybrid models of presentations. 

Special Highlight

This year's conference will be the inauguration of Northeastern's New Center for Genocide and Human Rights Research in Africa and the Diaspora (GHRAD) and will including a Teacher Training Workshop!