Alison Des Forges Annual Symposium

April 26, 2023: The Baldy Center is pleased to co-sponsor the 2023 Alison Des Forges Annual Symposium, “The Russo-Ukrainian War: Achievements and Limitations of Today’s International System". This symposium will examine the Russo-Ukrainian war and what it tells us about the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary international system. It will explore war crimes, crimes against humanity and alleged genocide arising from the conflict. It will also revisit the enduring dichotomy between Russian authoritarian imperialism and Ukrainian democratic nationalism. 

Contact: Ellen Dussourd ,

The event is organized by the Alison L. Des Forges Memorial Committee.  The group is dedicated to honoring the memory of Dr. Alison Liebhafsky Des Forges, an inspirational and tireless crusader for human rights around the world. The Committee seeks to continue Alison’s quest to educate people about the injustices in the world and the part we all must play as members of an increasingly interdependent global community. 

Event co-sponsors include: Alison Des Forges Memorial Committee; University at Buffalo: The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy; UB CAS Departments of Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy, and Political Science; UB Gender Institute; The Gordon and Gretchen Gross Professorship in Jewish Thought; UB Humanities Institute; James Agee Chair in American Culture; and, UB Office of the Vice Provost for International Education.


The Baldy Center multimedia marks a decade of co-sponsorship