A symposium on "Confronting the Threat of Genocide" will be held at Montclair State University's Student Center Ballrooms Tuesday, April 5. The symposium is sponsored by the University's Departments of Anthropology and History and the Institute for the Humanities. Theis conference will bring together leading scholars in the field of genocide studies, MSU faculty and students, high school teachers, and members of the public interested in addressing and discussing current research on genocide and its prevention.
The morning, starting at 9 a.m. to noon, will consist of four lectures:
- Genocide as Organizational Violence: A Sociological Model for Analysis and Action, by Dr. Barbara Chasin, professor of sociology, Montclair State University.
- The Armenian Genocide: A Case Study of How Not to Prevent Genocide, by Dr. Dennis Papazian, professor of history, and founding director of the Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn.
- On the Responsibility to Prevent, by Dr. George Andreopoulos, director of the Center for International Human Rights, at John Jay College.
- Healing after Genocide and Mass Violence, by Dr. Mary Johnson, national program associate, Facing History and Ourselves.
The afternoon session, from 1-4 p.m., funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment of the Humanities, will consist of four lectures:
"Why Do They Kill and How Do We Stop It? Reflections from the Cambodian Genocide ," by Dr. Alexander Laban Hinton, associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers University.
"Twentieth Century Genocides: Underlying Ideological Themes ," by Dr. Ben Kiernan, professor of history and international and area studies and founding director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University.
"From Africa to Auschwitz: How German South West Africa Incubated Ideas and Methods Adopted by the Nazis in Eastern Europe," by Benjamin Hadley, Ph.D. candidate at Yale University.
"In Search of Genocide Meaning," by Dr. Henry Huttenbach, professor of European history at the City College of New York.
The conference is free of charge to the MSU campus community. For planning purposes, please call the Institute for the Humanities at (973)655-7516 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for your reservation.