DePaul, NIU team for NGOs conference

By Northern Star Staff

NIU is teaming up with DePaul University to offer an anthropology of NGOs conference Nov. 19 and 20 at DePaul University’s Loop campus.

The purpose of the conference is to evaluate and refine the field of NGO studies as it applies to the anthropological community. More than 130 scholars and practitioners from around the world have registered for the two-day event.

The conference is sponsored by NIU’s Center for Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development and DePaul University’s Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning, Anthropology Department and School of Public Service.

The event will have sessions where attendees have the opportunity to select from 13 panels on topics ranging from non-governmental politics to the ethical culture of NGOs.

The schedule also includes networking events, an evening plenary session with five senior scholars and mentoring opportunities.

The conference concludes with a discussion charting next steps in the development of the field, institutionally as well as theoretically.

Those interested in attending can register. For more information, call 815-753-4410 or email