The ninth annual Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR) is proud to present its 2012 Conference From Famine to Food Deserts: Human Rights and the Global Food Crisis. The conference will take place on Northwestern's Evanston campus January 19-21, 2012. Throughout the three-day conference, delegates will explore the political, economic, and social forces behind global food distribution and agricultural policy in order to unearth the systemic causes of hunger and famine. Speakers and delegates will analyze the human rights implications of the current system's severe inequalities and potential solutions ranging from food aid to environmental action. We will discuss responsibility in the application of human rights and question who is obligated to ensure the right of food access and nutrition and what measures of enforcement do and should exist.
Through our experiential learning trip into Chicago, delegates will explore the food-related human rights abuses in the US and examine policy-based and community-based initiatives to combat issues of unequal food distribution. Finally, delegates will break up into small groups throughout the three days to discuss specific case studies of food policies in other countries and apply the framework developed by the panels of the conference to these individual scenarios.
NUCHR, the largest undergraduate student-organized conference on human rights in the United States, is dedicated to promoting the universality of human rights while recognizing the difficulty in consensus, issues of cultural relativism, and the potential paradoxes in implementation and practice. This three-day summit unites student delegates from across the country with renowned activists, academics, and policymakers. Please apply by November 14, 2011. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact conferenceonhumanright
Deadline to apply: November 14th, 2011