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Genocide Awareness Week at Scottsdale Community College

5th ANNUAL GENOCIDE AWARENESS WEEK ~ NOT ON OUR WATCH ~ APRIL 17 - 22, 2017:  Lectures, exhibits and events by distinguished survivors, scholars, politicians, activists, artists, humanitarians and law enforcement are held in the Student Center Turquoise Room unless otherwise indicated. FEATURED EXHIBITS:  Genocides of the 20th Century, January 27 – April 28, Student Center Foyer (Sponsored by Memorial de la Shoa). The 1936 Olympics, April 17 - 22, Student Center Turquoise Room (Sponsored by the Springer Institute). Before I Die Wall, Student Center East Patio (Sponsored by the Council of Student Leaders).



Genocide of Native Americans at California Gold Rush
Dr. Jaakko Puisto  [BIO]
History Professor, Maricopa Community Colleges

Jaakko Puisto

A native of Finland, Jaakko Puisto took his B.A. at the University of Turku, Finland, and then continued to graduate Studies specializing in Native American History at Arizona State University where he earned a PhD in 2000. He has taught History and Native American Studies at Cal State Stanislaus, Montana State, Northern and now at SCC. Ph.D. in History  [LESS]


The Importance of Respect and Tolerance in our Society
Mr. Oskar Knoblauch  [BIO]
Speaker / Educator

Oskar Knoblauch

My name is Oskar Knoblauch, I was born in Leipzig Germany in 1925. As a young boy I experienced the rise of Nazism and the ensuing European Holocaust of World War II. I speak about the struggle to survive those years, a brutal time for all European Jewry and countless other innocent people. My story is one of many to emerge from the ashes of the Holocaust, but it is one that is filled with the ideals of honor, hope, courage, trust, love, respect, and tolerance. I hope my message will help ignite the passion to live these virtues. High School / one year College, all in pre WWll Germany and Poland. Speaker / Educator  [LESS]


The Armenian Genocide and International Recognition
Dr. ​Barlow Der Mugrdechian  [BIO]
Coordinator, Armenian Studies Program, California State University, Fresno

Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Barlow Der Mugrdechian is the Berberian Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program and Director of the Center for Armenian Studies at Fresno State. He teaches courses in Armenian language, history, literature, culture, art, church and a variety of other topics on Armenia and the Armenians. Der Mugrdechian is serving as President of the Society for Armenian Studies, the international organization for those involved in teaching and research in the field of Armenian Studies. Der Mugrdechian is the co-editor with Dickran Kouymjian of David of Sassoun: Critical Essays on the Armenian Epic (The Press at California State University, Fresno, 2013). M.A., Near Eastern Languages and Cultures-UCLA; C. Phil-Near Eastern Languages and Cultures- UCLA.  [LESS]


Violence & State Repression in the midst of Refugee Crises
Dr. Thorin Wright  [BIO]
Assistant Professor, School of Politics & Global Studies, Arizona State University

Thorin Wright

Thorin M. Wright researches and teaches courses on international conflict. His recent research has focused on the relationship between external factors, such as international conflict, natural disasters, and refugees, on state repression dynamics. He was also recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant to compile data on repression dynamics at the regional level within countries. Ph.D. Political Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2012.  [LESS]



Genocide Awareness Week 2017: ​Not on Our Watch
Turquoise Room – Student Center (SC)
Sponsored by Nussbuam, Gillis and Dinner P.C.


Hate and Extremism in the U.S.
Lecia Brooks  [BIO]
Outreach Director, Southern Poverty Law Center

Lecia Brooks

Lecia Brooks leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s outreach efforts on key initiatives and social justice issues. As outreach director. She also serves as director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Ala., an interpretive center designed to provide visitors to the Civil Rights Memorial with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement. She joined the SPLC staff in 2004. Previously, she worked for 12 years in a number of capacities for the National Conference for Community and Justice in its Los Angeles office. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University. B.A., Loyola Marymount University.  [LESS]



Broken Treaties, Broken Pipelines: The Fight for American Indian & Indigenous Rights in the 21st Century
Dr. Leo Killsbeck  [BIO]
Assistant Professor American Indian Studies, Arizona State University

Dr. Leo Killsbeck

Leo Killsback is an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. He is a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation of southeastern Montana. Killsback grew up on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation and he culturally and spiritually identifies himself as a Cheyenne person. Killsback earned a doctorate degree in American Indian Studies with emphases on tribal government, tribal law, federal Indian law, and American Indian culture and spirituality. Ph.D. in American Indian Studies [LESS]


The Long Shadow of the Armenian Genocide
Dr. Khatchig Mouradian [BIO]
Visiting Professor, Columbia University

Khatchig MouradianDr. Khatchig Mouradian is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University. Previously, he has taught courses on genocide, concentration camps, memory, and conflict in the Middle East at Rutgers University, California State University - Fresno, and Worcester State University. He has authored several articles and book chapters on mass violence. His forthcoming book explores victim agency during the Armenian Genocide.  [LESS]



Bosnia: More History Than We Can Stand
Dr. Lisa Adeli  [BIO]
Director of Educational Outreach, University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Lisa Adeli

Lisa Adeli, the Director of Educational Outreach at the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), is committed to education. She is a certified, currently part-time, high school teacher (English, ESL, and History). She has also taught at the community college and university levels A genocide educator - fellow of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and volunteer with the non-profit Educators' Institute for Human Rights - she wrote her dissertation on the reaction against ethnic persecution in World War II Croatia/Bosnia. Her job at CMES allows her to combine all her interests, developing/implementing programs for K-14 educators. Ph.D., History, University of Arizona; M.A., Applied Linguistics, Indiana University; M.A., History, Indiana University; B.S. Foreign Service, Georgetown University.  [LESS]


Genocide in an Age of Climate Change
Dr. Alex Alvarez  [BIO]
Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University

Alex Alvarez

Dr. Alex Alvarez is a Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at NAU and was founding Director of the Martin-Springer Institute. His main area of study focuses on collective and interpersonal violence. His books include, Governments, Citizens, and Genocide, Genocidal Crimes, and Native America and the Question of Genocide. He has also served as an editor for the journal Violence and Victims, and was a founding co- editor of the journal Genocide Studies and Prevention. He has been invited to present his research in various countries such as Austria, Bosnia, Canada, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania, and Sweden.  [LESS]


Mass Atrocities and International Justice
Ambassador Clint Williamson  [BIO]
College of Law/McCain Institute, Arizona State University

Clint Williamson

Before joining Arizona State University, Ambassador Williamson served as Special Prosecutor for the European Union (2011-2014), as a UN Special Envoy (2010-2011), as US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues (2006-2009), as senior White House policy official at the National Security Council (2003- 2006), in post-conflict mission roles for the US Government in Iraq (2003) and for the UN in Kosovo (2001-2002), and as a Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (1994-2001). Prior to that, he served as a federal prosecutor in Washington and as an assistant district attorney in New Orleans. J.D. Tulane University School of Law, B.A. Louisiana Tech University (Political Science/Spanish)  [LESS]



Genocide in the Renaissance: A New and Terrible World
Dr. Sharonah Frederick [BIO]

Sharonah Fredrick

Dr. Sharonah Fredrick is an anthropologist who specializes in the interface between history, culture, and literature, including oral tradition. she is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Hebrew. Sharonah conducts comparative research that parallels the legends and epics of Celtic, Jewish, Spanish and Native American civilizations, and also lectures on the History of Slavery. Ph.D., Hispanic and Indigenous Literature; M.A., European and Latin American Medieval and Renaissance History; B.A., Latin American Anthropology and Celtic Studies.  [LESS]


Genocide: Problems with Comparison
Dr. Volker Benkert  [BIO]
Assistant Professor of History, Arizona State University

 Volker Benkert

Volker Benkert is an Assistant Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the impact of sudden regime change on biographies after both totalitarian regimes in 20th century Germany. Furthermore, he is interested in memory of the Nazi past in Germany, which despite great strides to acknowledge the horrors of the Holocaust still includes highly apologetic and redemptive narrative traits. A third leg of his research pairs up with digital humanities tools to find new ways to research and represent diverse genocides in a comparative fashion. He can be reached at vbenkert@Arizona State Ph.D., Philosophy  [LESS]

Genocide: Challenges in Comparing
Dr. Jason Bruner  [BIO]
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Arizona State University

Jason Bruner

Jason Bruner is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Academic Degrees: Ph.D., (History of Christianity), Princeton Theological Seminary; M.T.S. (History of Christianity), Weston Jesuit School of Theology; B.A. (Religious Studies), Gardner-Webb University  [LESS]


Building the Rule of War: Accountability after Violence
Dr. Milli Lake  [BIO]
Assistant Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University

Dr. Milli Lake

My work focuses on the rule of law, state-building and political/gender-based violence in weak, developing and post-conflict states. I work predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa. My research is published in International Organization, Law and Society Review, International Studies Quarterly, and various other outlets. Prior to my Ph.D. I worked for the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association, where I was responsible for monitoring human rights developments, evaluating compliance with international human rights law, coordinating human rights fact-finding visits, and organizing conferences, workshops and trainings. Ph.D., Political Science, University of Washington.  [LESS]


Contemporary Hate Crimes in Phoenix
Phoenix Police Department


Challenges for the ADL in the 21st Century
Mayor Carlos Galindo-Elviera  [BIO]
Director of the Anti-Defamation League Arizona Regional Office

Carlos Galindo-Elviera

Carlos Galindo-Elviera is a seasoned non-profit professional and community activist with years of varied experiences in the non-profit sector, government and civil rights. He has had various leadership roles across Arizona, and recently served as Chief Development Officer for Valle del Sol, a non-profit agency providing healthcare, human service and leadership development programs. Prior to this position, he served as Special Assistant to former U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini in the areas of civil and human rights, the Department of Justice, Hispanic and Native American Affairs and has also worked for the Pinal County Recorder’s Office as the Voter Outreach Program Coordinator.

Mr. Galindo-Elvira was also Mayor of the Town of Hayden for the term ending in June 2005, and has sponsored and written legislation ranging from a policy on anti-discrimination to a paid Martin Luther King Holiday. He also served as Vice Mayor from 2001-03 and as a Magistrate Pro Tempore for the Hayden Magistrate Court.

In 2008, ADL honored Mr. Galindo-Elvira with the Al Brooks Community Leadership Award for his commitment to equal and fair treatment for all. He is an active member in the Arizona Jewish community and a member of the Raúl H. Castro Institute Advisory Board and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society Board of Directors. He is a graduate of Arizona State University with a BA in Spanish.



Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust
Marty Brounstein  [BIO]
Speaker and Author

Marty Brounstein​The courage and compassion to do the right thing; that’s a major theme that resonates with audiences when they hear San Mateo, CA-based author Marty Brounstein talk on his book Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. Since 1991 Marty has the led the consulting firm The Practical Solutions Group, serving a wide variety of clients on issues of leadership and organizational effectiveness. Through this work, he has written eight books, from contributing author to sole author, including Communicating Effectively For Dummies and Coaching and Mentoring For Dummies. [LESS]


The Looting of Holocaust-Era Jewish Assets: Unfinished Justice
Dr. Daniel Kadden  [BIO]
Executive Director, Interfaith Works

Daniel Kadden

Daniel Kadden is the child of Holocaust survivors who fled Germany as children. A native of Chicago, Danny has a professional background in community organizing and non-profit management. He has worked on behalf of Survivors seeking material and moral restitution, and twice testified on restitution issues before the U.S. House of Representatives. Danny holds a Ph.D. from Brown University and has taught in the areas of sociology, Jewish studies and Holocaust/Genocide studies. He currently serves as Executive Director of an interfaith organization in Olympia, Washington. Ph.D., Judaic Studies- Sociology, Brown University.  [LESS]


Silent Heroes during the Holocaust
Christine Raack  [BIO]
Faculty, South Mountain Community College

Christine Raack

Christine Raack was born and raised in Germany. When she was18 years old, she learned that her grandmother played a significant role in the survival of a Jewish family during the Holocaust, which had a deep impact on her own life. Eventually, she moved to Arizona where she received a BA in Anthropology and a MA in Linguistics from Arizona State University. In 2012 she joined the faculty of South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, AZ to teach English Composition and English as a Second Language. M.A. in Linguistics, B.A. in Anthropology  [LESS]


Anti-Jewish violence in postwar Poland, 1945-46
Anna Cichopek-Gajraj [BIO]
Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Anna Cichopek-Gajraj

Anna Cichopek-Gajraj is an assistant professor of East European Jewish History and Holocaust at Arizona State University in Tempe. She earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2008 and has an M.A. in History from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland.
She is the author of Pogrom in Cracow in August 1945 [in Polish] and Beyond Violence: Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia in 1944-1948 (recipient of the Heldt Prize Honorable Mention and Finalist of the AJS Jordan Schnitzer Award). Ph.D. (2008, University of Michigan); M.A. (1998, Jagiellonian University of Cracow, Poland)  [LESS]


1936 Olympics - Panel Discussion
Mediator: Kim Klett  [BIO] 
English Teacher, Mesa Public Schools

Kim Klett

Kim is a high school teacher and a teacher trainer with the United States Holocaust Memorial and ADL's Echoes and Reflections. She is a Carl Wilkens Fellow and is active in many local organizations, including the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors' Association.​ M.A., English  [LESS]

Panelists: ​
Dr. Daniel Kadden
Executive Director, Interfaith Works

Walter Lamm


Tainted Games: Politics, Persecution and Pageantry at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Dr. David Large  [BIO]
Senior Fellow, Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley


David Clay Large is currently Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, U.C. Berkeley and Professor of History, Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco. Previously he taught at Smith College, Yale University, and Montana State University. Among his many books are Where Ghosts Walked: Munich's Road to the Third Reich; Nazi Games: the Olympics of 1936; Berlin; And the World Closed Its Doors: One Family's Abandonment to the Holocaust; Munich 1972: Terror, Tragedy, and Triumph at the Olympic Games; and The Grand Spas of Central Europe: A History of Intrigue, Politics, Art, and Healing. He lives in San Francisco. Ph.D., History, U.C. Berkeley  [LESS]


8:00am - 12:00pm

Arizona Post - Police Training and Prosecuting Attorneys Ethics Training


Kindertransport (Children's Transport)
Play at Two Waters Circle
Diane Samuels' fascinating 1993 play, Kindertransport, tells three stories simultaneously:
The most vivid story the play tells is about the "Kindertransport" itself -- the evacuation of 10,000 Jewish children under 17 from Germany to   [MORE]

England between 1938 (barely a month after Kristallnacht) and the declaration of war in 1939. Samuels tells this story through the case of 9-year-old Eva Schlesinger -- a fictional composite of several surviving "kinder" whom Samuels interviewed -- separated from her parents in Hamburg and taken in by Lil Miller in Manchester.

Eva's story is strongly told and stunningly staged, with its inherent drama of separation, train evacuations and channel crossings, the threat of further evacuation (from the bombarded British cities to the safer countryside), and the more profound drama of cultural and linguistic dislocation painfully combined with the loss of one family and the formation of another, with its attendant sense of betrayal and guilt. The second story is the relationship between the adult Eva, now Evelyn (and her adult daughter Faith. At the start of the play, Faith's relationship with Evelyn (a daughter unable to crack the shell of her mother's private fears) is cross-cut with the parallel story of young Eva's separation from her "Mutti" in Hamburg. Faith, rummaging through the family at, discovers the strongbox filled with letters and documents of Evelyn's secret Jewish origins, and her discoveries become the means for Samuels to dramatize Eva's story. Eva writes letters to her mother as Faith reads aloud letters from Mutti. Eva reads aloud from her favorite children's book, The Ratcatcher, while, on the other side of the stage, Faith struggles with the German of the book as she pulls it from her mother's strongbox.

In the third story, which dominates the second half of the play, the focus shifts to Evelyn, torn, as she was in youth, between her past identity and the new one she has forged for herself, between remembering and forgetting.

The play, an act of remembrance, stages what Evelyn would prefer to forget. In Evelyn's refusal to embrace her past or to let her daughter have access to it, and in the parallel scenes of the teenage Eva confronting the personal legacy of the Holocaust, Kindertransport shows us that there are two types of survival, that it is possible to lose your self in the act of preserving yourself.  [LESS]



Educator's Workshop by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, DC


Teaching about the Holocaust through the Lens of Collaboration and Complicity
Sally Levine  [BIO]
Executive Director, Georgia Commission on the Holocaust

Sally Levine

Sally Levine is currently the executive director of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. Prior to assuming this position she served as a middle school classroom teacher and a specialist for curriculum development at the Breman Museum in Atlanta. She completed a Museum Teacher Fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and has served as a regional educator on that museum's behalf. Originally from New York, Sally has lived in Atlanta for 30 years. She is married and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. B.A., M.S.   [LESS]


Kim Klett
Regional Presenter, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


​Dr. Daniel Kadden
Presenter, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Play at Two Waters Circle

Events Continue…



Genocide Memorial Service
To remember genocide victims the world over and throughout time. The service is being held at the Genocide Memorial in the center of campus.

Tribal Elder of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will give the Closing Blessing.