The mission of the Brudnick Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University is to seek solutions to problems of hostility and hatred arising from inter-group conflict and differences. In order to achieve this mission, the Center initiates research projects and educational endeavors in the area of inter-group conflict and violence (e.g. inter-group tensions and violence in the schools, state-sponsored terrorism, hate crimes, international conflict and warfare, hate speech on campus, skinhead activity, religious persecution, organized hate groups). It also brings together faculty from different disciplines to foster collaborations between academicians and practitioners in order to share knowledge and develop solutions to the global challenges of security and sustainability.
- The Brudnick Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University sponsored its first Graduate Student Conference on the study of violence in 2015. The conference explored the theme“Complicating ‘Violence’: Moving Beyond Bounded Understandings.”
- The Brudnick Center’s co-directors Jack Levin and Gordana Rabrenovic gave a presentation at the annual American Society of Criminology conference in San Francisco in 2015, which included a screening of a new documentary short film, “Three Times the Violence.” The film concerns the unreported 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.