The University of Massachusetts Amherst hosted this two-day conference on April 3 and 4, 2008 featuring experts and academics from the U.S., Mexico, and Northern Ireland.
The Conference offered an interdisciplinary inquiry of theoretical and empirical issues around the study of violence, warfare, conflict, and human rights around the world. It explored the current and future potential of academe to address human rights issues, provide essential services to local, national and international governments, and broadened the dialogue between academic disciplines.
Wenona Rymond-Richmond, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The conference sought to heighten the civic and community engagement practiced by many UMass Amherst faculty members by extending the concept of scholarship and highlighting how faculty research and student learning can engage communities beyond the campus.
Among the scholars who spoke at the conference are: George Armelagos from Emory University; James F. Brooks, president of the School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience in New Mexico; Ed Cairns, University of Ulster in Northern Ireland; Davíd Carrasco and Herbert Kelman from Harvard University; Nancy Scheper-Hughes from the University of California, Berkeley; J. Andrew Darling, Cultural Resource Management Program for the Gila River Indian Community; Peter Jiménez of the Instituto Nacional de Anthropología e Historia in Mexico, and Debra Martin of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Click here for to see the Conference Program. (.pdf)
This two-day conference was organized by the UMass Department of Anthropology and the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program in the Department of Psychology. Sponsors included the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Graduate School, Commonwealth College, and the Office for Research.