Art in Response to Violence Conference

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Northeastern Illinois University will host the 7th Annual International Art in Response to Violence Conference on Oct. 13 and 14.

Open to both professionals and students, the two-day, interdisciplinary conference will reflect on ways that visual art and art making express, communicate and document violence in its many forms.

This year’s keynote speakers are Linda Chapman, director of the Art Therapy Institute of the Redwoods, and Chicago artist Paula Henderson. Their talks, respectively, will be “Art, Violence and Neurobiology in the Clinical Setting: Healing Experiences of Violence in Youth” and “The Industry of Beauty: A Bridge to Human Trafficking.”

“This conference serves as an important annual reminder of the power of art to heal, express and reflect on violence in all of its forms,” said Department of Psychology Chair Saba Ayman-Nolley, who also is on the conference planning committee. “We are thrilled to have such well-respected experts as Paula Henderson and Linda Chapman join us this year.”

The conference will take place on Northeastern’s Main Campus, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago, and will include a variety of art exhibits, workshops and paper presentations. (View the full program of events.)

Registration is $100 for the full conference or $60 for individual days. The conference is free to Northeastern students, faculty and staff with a Northeastern ID. Continuing Education Units available for counseling professionals for a $20 fee. Contact Saba Ayman-Nolley, chair of the Department of Psychology, for more information.