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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 theMinneapolis Foundation.
TheInstitute for Global Studies,The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studiesand theHuman Rights Programare 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.
The public conference is designed to bring together research and praxis. Academics, activists and diplomats will lead a public exploration of what we have learned from the genocide in Rwanda and how we have been affected by, and should use, that knowledge to create more effective methods of intervention. Themes of the panels include: representations of atrocity, immediate aftermaths, transitional justice and its impacts, and preventing genocide and mass atrocity. This event will be free and open to the public.
Featured Speaker:Adama Dieng, UN Special Advisor on Genocide Prevention
Other Speakers Include:
President's Room and Theater at Coffman Union
Co-sponsors: University of Minnesota Sociological Society, the Human Rights Program Student Advisory Board, STAND, Humphrey for Human Rights, Humphrey International Student Association, Departments of History, French and Italian, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, African American and African Studies, the Institute of Diversity, Equality and Advocacy, the Human Rights Center, the Program in Social Studies Education, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, CEHD and the Program in Human Rights and Health at the University of Minnesota, The Center for Victims of Torture, The Advocates for Human Rights, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, St. Cloud State Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, World Without Genocide, Global Solutions, Student Pre-Law Society.
Few attempts have been made to specifically highlight the connection between representations of past mass atrocities and their actual impact on unfolding events of mass violence. An examination of this urgent question is an essential component of global progress towards human rights goals and the prevention or reduction of future political violence. Moreover, while there is an important body of work on Holocaust memory as such, the symposium explored when and how promoting public awareness and memory of mass atrocities through distinct institutions (the media, the judiciary and academic scholarship) can lead to effective anti-genocide policies.
Alejandro Baer, Director and Stephen C. Feinstein Chair Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota
Joachim Savelsberg, Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota
Fredrico Finchelstein, Associate Professor of History at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College
John Hagan, John D. MacArthur Professor, Northwestern University
Jens Meierhenrich, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE/ Princeton University
Bella Mody, James de Castro Chair in Global Media Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Colorado
Mark Osiel, Aliber Family Chair in Law, University of Iowa
Devin Pendas, Associate Professor History, Boston College
Natan Sznaider, Professor of Sociology, Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo
Allan Thompson, Assistant Professor Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
Sponsored by: Center for Austrian Studies, Center for German and European Studies, European Studies Consortium, the Human Rights Program, Institute for Global Studies, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, Human Rights Center at the Law School, Department of Sociology, Department of German Scandinavian & Dutch, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Center for Jewish Studies, Department of History.
The Symposium was made possible by the Wexler Special Events fund for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.