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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 the Minneapolis Foundation.
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.(Continue Reading)
Argentina's Collages of Memory: Aesthetic heritage in post-dictatorial film Los Rubios (2003)
Holocaust, Genocide, Mass Violence Workshop
Thursday, March 13
Room 609 Social Sciences
Los Rubios (The Blonds)
In 1977, when she was four years old, Albertina Carri's parents vanished without a trace, victims of Argentina's brutal military junta. In The Blonds, (or Los Rubios, her parents' nickname) the young Argentinian filmmaker travels with her crew across Buenos Aires to unravel the mystery of her parents' life, disappearance and death. Attacking the shifting projections of memory from many fronts, Carri enlists an actor, her parents' comrades, fading photographs and happy Playmobil* dolls to investigate complicated questions of identity and responsibility.
Carla Manzoni was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently a PhD candidate (A.B.D since April, 27. 2012) at the Spanish and Portuguese Department, University of Minnesota. She holds a MA in Hispanic and Lusophonic Literatures and Cultures at the same university and previous studies in her native Argentina in Public Relations (undergraduate) and Communication Management (post-graduate).
Carla has worked in political communication, diverse media -such as TV, radio and film- and cultural non-for-profits. She is currently working on her dissertation as wells as on her conservation project which attempts to create an archive of unedited Latin American independent videoart and experimental audiovisual.
For information on the workshop and future presentations please click here.
To particpate please contact Wahutu Siguru at firstname.lastname@example.org.(Continue Reading)
Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 2014-15
The University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History invite applications from current doctoral students in the UMN College of Liberal Arts for the Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies for the academic year 2014-15. The Badzin Fellowship will pay a stipend of $18,000, the cost of tuition and health insurance, and $1,000 toward the mandatory graduate student fees.
Eligibility: An applicant must be a current student in a Ph.D. program in the College of Liberal Arts, currently enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of study, and have a doctoral dissertation project in Holocaust and/or genocide studies. The fellowship will be awarded on the basis of the quality and scholarly potential of the dissertation project, the applicant's quality of performance in the graduate program, and the applicant's general scholarly promise.
Required application materials:
1) A letter of application (maximum 4 pages single-spaced) describing the applicant's intellectual interests and dissertation research and the research and/or writing which the applicant expects to do during the fellowship year
2) A current curriculum vitae for the applicant
3) An unofficial transcript of all graduate work done at the University of Minnesota
4) TWO confidential letters of recommendation from U of MN faculty, discussing the quality of the applicant's graduate work and dissertation project and the applicant's progress toward completing the degree, sent directly to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Deadline: All application materials must be received by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies electronically at email@example.com, no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, March 14, 2014. The awardee will be announced Friday, April 25, 2014.
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
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.(Continue Reading)
Memory, Justice and Reconciliation: Coming to Terms with Past Atrocities
July 28-July 31, 2014,
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
To register click here.
Countries emerging from eras of repression, armed conflict, or mass atrocities must find a way to address the past before they can make a successful transition into more open, democratic societies. What to do with the past is a dramatic decision for a society that has experienced grave violations to individuals and groups, and to the public's trust in government and in each other.
This institute will explore some of the methods and mechanisms that have been developed by national and international actors, such as truth commissions and national or international criminal prosecutions to assist societies to transition away from a repressive past.
Participants will explore the role of public memory of past violations, including memorials, museums, commemorations and their politics. We will also engage in a study of representations of atrocities and the intersections of art and human rights in media, literature, murals, film and performance arts.
The institute will also provide hands on activities designed to help educators create curriculum and lessons they can incorporate into their classrooms.
Dr. Alejandro Baer, Center for Genocide and Holocaust Studies, U of MN
Barb Frey, Director , Human Rights Program U of MN
Cost: $100 includes all parking, materials, fieldtrips and lunches
Optional on campus housing available for $300
For more information please email Deborah Jane.
This institute is a partnership between the Human Rights Program and the Center for Genocide and Holocaust Studies at the University of Minnesota.(Continue Reading)