Past Events

  • Three Times the Violence – presentation at the American Society of Criminology

    On Thursday, November 20th, Brudnick Center co-directors Jack Levin and Gordana Rabrenovic gave a presentation at the annual American Society of Criminology conference in San Francisco, which included a screening of a new documentary short film. The film is entitled Three Times the Violence, and it describes and details the under-reported and largely unnoticed percentage of crimes committed against people with disabilities, and calls us to action to recognize such incidents as hate crimes against a disadvantaged population, deserving of as much attention as hate crimes against other minorities. The full 15-minute video is viewable here:

    Three Times the Violence

    (The link has recently been changed due to problems experienced by some trying to view the video – the new link should resolve these issues.)

  • The Pursuit of Justice Conference



    Each year, the Pursuit of Justice Conference brings together scholars on the fore of hate studies to lead a discussion on crime and social justice. This year’s theme is “Understanding Hatred, Confronting Intolerance, Eliminating Inequality. Hosted by Gonzaga Law School and the Washington Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System, speakers will address how hatred manifests and the dangerous habit of “othering” which can lead to intolerance and inequality.

    Open to: All law students

    Date and Time: April 18 – April 20, 2013

    Site: Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, WA

    Cost: $150 for 3 days, $100 for 2 days

    Registration: Online Application


    Northeastern University’s Dr. Jack Levin will be delivering keynote speeches both evenings of the conference. Other speakers include,  Paul Butler, Georgetown University Law Center;  Hon. Steven Gonzalez, Washington
    State Supreme Court; Terri Givens, University of Texas at Austin; Ryan Haygood, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.; Hon. Richard Jones, U.S. District Court; Susan Opotow, City University of New York; Hon. Richard Paez, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Barbara Perry, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Hon. Roseanna Peterson, U.S. District Court; Ken Stern, American Jewish Committee; Frank Staub, Spokane City Police Department; Robert Tsai, American University Washington College of Law.

  • What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?

  • Skill Building for Facilitating Dialogue and Conflict Resolution – Panel Discussion

    Date: October 26, 2011

    The panel addressed the importance of developing cognitive, communicational, and relational skills needed for living and working in a multicultural environment. Special attention was paid to the role of education programs in developing cooperation and understanding among students from different ethnic and religious backgrounds. In addition to Barbara Gottschalk of Seeds of Peace, panelists included Director Janet Penn and student Bridget Waid of Youth LEAD, Ronnie Miller, Deputy Director of the Irish International Immigrant Center and former Director of Corrymeela (the reconciliation and peace-building center in Northern Ireland), and Justin Bergeron, Executive Director of Peace through Play. It was co-sponsored by the Humanities Center’s Artists and Practitioners in Residence Program (APRP), the Brudnick Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The Panel was  moderated by Dr. Gordana Rabrenovic, the Director of the Brudnick Center.

  • T.I.D.E: The Wave of Change

    The Teenage Interfaith Diversity Education Conference 2010

    Date: May 28-31, 2010

    The Interfaith Action’s Youth Leadership Program, in collaboration with the Brudnick Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts from Friday evening May 28, 2010 through Monday afternoon May 31, 2010.

    Read more…

  • Sustaining Communities in Work, Education, and Health

    Contributions within an ecological framework

    Date: October 11, 2010

    The sobering realities of the 21st century have opened the eyes of many to the urgent need to support sustainable communities in the areas of work, education and health. Scholars and practitioners both have widely acknowledged the existence of multiple realms of influence upon individuals, families, and communities. The contributions of the Ecological Model, Feminist analyses, Critical Theory and Liberation Psychology have changed the way social scientists and other practitioners and theorists conceptualize social issues and inequities. We realize that to accomplish this work, we must foster intensive and integrative interdisciplinary cooperation in order to engage in a critical analysis of the structural forces that perpetuate and reinforce the same problems and inequities. Read more…

  • Violence Against Immigrants

    Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict International Conference

    Date: November 3, 2006

  • Second National Student Symposium

    Combating Hate and Prejudice on Campus

    Date: March 20-22, 2003

  • Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Lessons from Bulgaria

    Date: November 5, 2001

    During WWII, not a single Jewish resident of Bulgaria was deported to a death camp. This is despite the fact that Bulgaria was allied with the Nazis. There are two distinct goals of the conference. The first is to identify the factors which served as the impetus to such extraordinary action by Bulgarians on behalf of their Jewish neighbors. The second goal is to locate lessons from the Bulgarian experience that can serve to reduce inter-group conflict and violence in the contemporary world.
    More about this conference…

  • Third World Views of The Holocaust

    Date: April 18-20, 2001
    The long-term impact of the Holocaust is not confined to Western society. Half a century since the end of the Shoah, intellectuals, writers and scholars from Africa, Asia and Latin America have also come to ponder the significance of Europe’s quintessential evil for their own societies and worldviews.
    More about this conference…


  • Contact Info

    The Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict
    Northeastern University
    567 Holmes Hall
    Boston, MA 02115

    Telephone: (617)373-4987
    Fax: (617)373-8646