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  • The Evolving Memory of Argentina's "Disappeared"

    Thursday, April 10
    Northrop, Best Buy Theater


    Speaker: Emilio Crenzel, Sociology, University of Buenos Aires
    Response: Leigh Payne, Global Studies, University of Oxford and University of Minnesota

    The panel sheds light on the most substantial transformations and the continuities in Argentina's social memory of its recent past and discusses the processes that led Argentina's Truth Commission Report Nunca Más (1984) to become the canonical way the disappearances and the country's political violence is publicly remembered, and how its meaning has been modified by new interpretations in the last two decades.

    Other University of Minnesota faculty participants on the panel are Ana Forcinito (Spanish and Portuguese Studies) and Alejandro Baer (Director, CHGS).

    Both panels are cosponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    The Reframing Mass Violence Collaborative explores the particular developments and transnational entanglements of social memories in societies, revisiting their legacies of dictatorship, state terror, and grave human rights violations in Latin America and Southern Europe.

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  • Twin Cities Film Premier Aftermath & The Last of the Unjust

    Thursday, April 10
    St, Anthony Main Theatre
    Part of The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul International Film Festival
    Introduction by Alejandro Baer, Director CHGS

    For tickets and information please click here.

    Inspired by real events that haunt Poland's past, Wladyslaw Pasikowski (who wrote the screenplay for Andrzej Wajda's Katyn) turns in a hard-hitting allegory on the anti-Semitism that still raises its ugly head in his home country. Franek and Jozek are brothers who are reunited after 20 years in order to take care of the family farm. Franek, recently returned from the US, discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community for threatening to uncover a dark secret. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a horrifying gothic tale. Upon its release in Poland, Aftermath received acclaim, but also generated intense controversy.

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    The Last of the Unjust
    Sunday, April 13
    1 p.m.
    St Anthony Main Theatre
    Part of The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul International Film Festival
    Introduction by Bruno Chaoaut, Chair, Department of French & Italian, former director CHGS.

    For tickets and information please click here.

    Claude Lanzmann returns to a series of interviews he made in 1975 with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto. Murmelstein was largely demonized after the war, accused of collaborating with the Nazis, with his survival being the proof. These interviews, however, tell a different story--one of a pragmatic man who fought not only for his own survival but also the survival of every Jew he could possibly help. A powerful addendum to Lanzmann's masterpiece Shoah, The Last of the Unjust employs an unadorned style for an incredibly complicated historical narrative that continues to be defined today.

    Sponsored by the European Studies Consortium, Institute for Global Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, The Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of French & Italian, and The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul.

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  • Rescheduled: War, Genocide & Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work

    A lecture by Cathy Schlund-Vials
    Thursday, April 3
    Walter Library Conference Room 101

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    Dr. Schlund-Vials is an Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. She is the Director of the UConn Asian American Studies Institute and the Faculty Director for Humanities House. She was awarded the 2011 AAUP "Teaching Promise" award (at the University of Connecticut). In 2013, she was the recipient of the Association for Asian American Studies's "Early Career Award."

    Her research interests include refugee cultural production, critical race theory, immigration law, human rights, and contemporary ethnic American literary studies.

    She has recently completed her second book, War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work (University of Minnesota Press, Fall 2012), which is focused on genocide remembrance and juridical activism in Cambodian American literature, film, and hip hop.

    Dr. Schlund-Vials is currently working on a third project, tentatively titled "Imperial Coordinates: War, Containment, and Asian American Critique," which engages a spatial reading of U.S. imperialism through Asian American writing about militarized zones, internment camps, and relocation centers.

    Sponsored by: Asian American Studies, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota Press.

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Community Events

  • Genocide and its Aftermaths: Lessons from Rwanda

    A Series of Events to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda
    April 16, 17, 19, 2014
    University of Minnesota
    Sponsorship made possible in part by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Fund at the Minneapolis Foundation.

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    The Institute for Global Studies, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program are hosting three days of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994. The events will include a public conference, a student conference, and a K-16 teacher workshop. The objectives of the commemorative events are: promoting public understanding of what happened in Rwanda, discussing the immediate responses of the international community to the violence, and analyzing the long-term consequences that the cataclysmic failure to prevent the genocide had on international policy and action.

    For a complete listing of events please click here.

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  • Spring Educator Workshop: An Overview of Genocide in 1990s and Early 2000s

    One of the series of events to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda
    An Overview of Genocide in 1990s and Early 2000s and the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda: A Case Study
    Instructor: Samuel Totten, Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Arkansas
    Saturday, April 19
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Conference Room 325 Coffman Union, East Bank of U of MN


    In this educator workshop, visiting scholar Samuel Totten will begin by discussing the origins, causes and responses to genocide within the scope of human rights and international law. He will then give an overview and summary of genocides perpetrated in Africa and beyond in 1990s including the Nuba Mountains; Srebrenica; and Darfur before examining in depth, as a case study, the 1994 Genocide of Rwanda. Totten will finish by addressing the latest outbreaks of violence in the world, which crimes against humanity have been perpetuated, and noting where there is a fear of genocide breaking out.

    Participants of this workshop will receive resources (including one of Totten's books) and materials to develop curriculum to integrate into their classrooms. This workshop will address the 2011 Minnesota Academic Standards for Social Studies as they relate to human rights, international law, and genocide.

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  • Laughter in the Dark: Newly Discovered Songs and Sketches from the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto, 1942-44

    A Lecture by Lisa Peschel, University of York's Department of Theatre, Film and Television, with musical performances by Ryan Lindberg, Emily Zimmer and Peter Vitale
    Thursday, April 3
    7:30 p.m.
    Lloyd Ultan Hall Ferguson Hall
    Free and open to the public

    Jewish prisoners at the Terezín concentration camp and ghetto performed cabaret and comedy sketches for their fellow prisoners. The scripts were then lost for over 60 years before Lisa Peschel, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, discovered them during interviews with some of the camp survivors.

    Twin Cities performers Ryan Lindberg and Emily Zimmer, will present a selection of the lost songs and sketches, many which have not been performed since World War II.

    The performances will be interwoven with spoken explanations by Peschel. She will outline how the plays came to light and their role in helping prisoners deal with life in the ghetto.

    Sponsored by: Center for Austrian Studies, European Studies Consortium, Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies.

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