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IWU Hosts Human Rights Undergraduate Research Conference

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — “Changing Climates and Human Rights Discourse” is the theme for Illinois Wesleyan University’s seventh annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop, Feb. 15-17, sponsored by The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.

The workshop will be led by Ben and Susan Rhodes Professor of Peace and Social Justice Irv Epstein, who serves as Chair of the Department of Educational Studies and Director of the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice. In conjunction with the University’s 2018-19 intellectual theme Changing Climates, undergraduate students from Illinois Wesleyan and neighboring liberal arts institutions will present their research on human rights issues that have evolved given recent changes in environmental, political, social, cultural and religious climates.

Aschale Siyoum, Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana and a Scholar at Risk, will be a featured guest at the workshop. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with Siyoum over lunch on Friday, Feb. 17 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. in the Memorial Center’s Titan Room.

Illinois Wesleyan University student presenters and their topics include:

By Rachel McCarthy ’21