Interrupting Genocide: Protecting Civilians from Mass Atrocity
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 · 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies 2013-14 Professional Development/Public Outreach Workshop
Aptly dubbed the “Age of Genocide,” the past century saw a massive scale of systematic and intentional mass murder coupled with an unprecedented efficiency of the mechanisms and techniques of mass destruction.
Unfortunately, the first decades of the twenty-first century brought little light to the darkness as civilians found themselves under attack in Chechnya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Kyrgyzstan, Bahrain, Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, China, the Philippines, and Libya. Recent news headlines speak of genocide and mass atrocities in the Nuba Mountains of Darfur, Burma, Syria, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan (the world’s newest nation).
To borrow the words of Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, genocide and mass atrocities are “problems without passports.” That is, they are global problems that transcend not only countries and regions, but the capabilities and resources of any one nation or sector.
Heeding its mission to remember and to teach, the Cohen Center looks to transform awareness into activism by offering the “Interrupting Genocide: Protecting Civilians from Mass Atrocity” workshop for our community.
This interactive workshop will introduce participants to options for preventing, responding to, and rebuilding after genocide and mass atrocity. If each of us can begin to see our brothers and sisters in the world community, no matter how far outside our doorstep, as a priority in our values and life choices, then, perhaps, we can ensure that “Never Again” means far more than “never again will Germans kills Jews in Europe in the 1940s.”
$75 Registration fee includes lunch
Registration deadline: February 20, 2014
To request accommodations for a disability, please contact the coordinator at least two weeks prior to the event.