Category: Human Rights

Illinois sparking a refugee health care revolution

(BY: JENNIFER-LEIGH OPRIHORY & KIRSTIN FAWCETT VIA MEDILL REPORTS – CHICAGO) A movement spreading across Illinois is creating a health care revolution for refugees from countries including Burma, Bhutan and Iraq. For them, a health care safety net is forming in small towns and big cities, alike, where health professionals with a passion for improving

Climate change: Don’t blame the population, says Suzanne Petroni

Population growth speeds climate change, we are often told. Linking these two phenomena is complicated and could lead to population control strategies that jeopardize human reproductive rights, said Suzanne Petroni in her keynote address at the Northwestern University Summit On Sustainability. “We want to make sure that if we make this connection between slowing population

Professor Kristen Renwick Monroe discusses the roles of ethics, identity and self-image in the context of genocide

During times of disorder and conflict, what causes a person to take action for what they believe in, regardless of known dangers, rather than simply standing by? Kristen Renwick Monroe’s book, “Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide: Identity and Moral Choice,” explores these questions through analysis of the psychological mentality of people during

Female circumcision: A practice hard to change

Bettina Shell-Duncan, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Washington and a Northwestern University alum, shared her research on female genital cutting in an event on campus Wednesday afternoon. The lecture, sponsored by International Program Development and the Program of African Studies, was entitled “Between Law, Religion and Tradition: Contesting Female Genital Cutting