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Genocide Awareness Week 2021

9th
Genocide
Awareness
Week

April 12 - 17, 2021

#NotOnOurWatch

Painting by Robert Sutz

Painting by Robert Sutz

Not on Our Watch. The 9th Genocide Awareness Week, held April 12-17, 2021, is a series of lectures, exhibits and storytelling by distinguished survivors, scholars, politicians, activists, artists, humanitarians and members of law enforcement. This week-long event seeks to address how we, as a global society, confront violent actions and current and ongoing threats of genocide throughout the world, while also looking to the past for guidance and to honor those affected by genocide.

Genocide Awareness Week is hosted by Scottsdale Community College and sponsored in part by local and national organizations. This event is free and open to the public. All presentations will be held virtually in WebEx. For more information, contact John Liffiton: john.liffiton@scottsdalecc.edu

Monday, April 12

Mr. Oskar Knoblaugh

9:00 am PST

A Boy's Story A Man's Memory

Mr. Oskar Knoblauch
Public Speaker and Author

As a Holocaust survivor I experienced the rise of Nazism and the ensuing European Holocaust. In 2010, I published my book, "A Boy's Story A Man's Memory: Surviving the Holocaust 1933-1945." It details my families struggle to survive those years, a brutal time for all European Jews and millions other innocent people. My story is filled with ideals of hope, courage, love, respect, and tolerance. My voice urges students, teachers, and adults to proactively teach Holocaust education, and stresses the importance of respect and tolerance. Together we can instill tolerance into our hearts, our community, and the world!

Dr. David Klevan

10:30 am PST

Teaching about Americans and the Holocaust

Dr. David Klevan
Education Outreach Specialist, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
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David Klevan is Education Outreach Specialist in the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education where he develops programs and educational resources for diverse audiences. David specializes in experiential learning in online and digital learning environments, the most recent of which are the Museum's citizen history project, "History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust" and the VR field trip, "The Holocaust: History and Memory." During his 27 year tenure at the Museum, David oversaw development of the Museum's first mobile app, and he played a critical role developing and implementing the Museum’s partnership programs with Law Enforcement officers and Washington, DC area schools.

Dr. Rebecca Erbelding

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Dr. Rebecca Erbelding
Historian, US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Rebecca Erbelding has been a historian, curator, and archivist at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum for the past eighteen years and served as the lead historian on the Museum's current special exhibition, "Americans and the Holocaust." Her book, "Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe" (Doubleday, 2018), won the National Jewish Book Award for excellence in writing based on archival research. She holds a PhD in American history from George Mason University.

Ms. Kerry Kennedy

5:00 pm PST

Human Rights and the Rohingya Crisis

Kerry Kennedy
President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
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Kerry Kennedy is President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Since 1981, she has worked on diverse human rights issues including child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, women's rights, and the environment. She authored New York Times best seller Being Catholic Now, as well as Speak Truth to Power and Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope. Ms. Kennedy holds a JD from Boston College and a BA from Brown University.

Tuesday, April 13

 Dr. Bjorn Krondorfer

9:00 am PST

Four Frames for Working with Groups in Conflict: Trauma, Memory, Empathy, Reconciliation

Dr. Bjorn Krondorfer
Director of the Martin-Springer Institute, and Endowed Professor
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Björn Krondorfer is Director of the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University and Professor of Religious Studies. His field of expertise is religion, gender, and culture, and (post-) Holocaust and reconciliation studies. He received a Senior Research Fellowship at the Vrije University, APSTerdam (2016/2017) and a fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute on the theme of “truth and reconciliation” (2019). He presented his research and facilitated intercultural seminars around the globe. Publications include, among others, Unsettling Empathy: Working with Groups in Conflict (2020), The Holocaust and Masculinities (2020); Reconciliation in Global Context (2018); Male Confessions: Intimate Revelations and the Religious Imagination (2010); Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism (London), and Remembrance and Reconciliation (1995).

Hannibal Travis

10:30 am PST

Exodus from Upper Mesopotamia: The Assyrian Genocide, 1915 to 2015

Hannibal Travis
Professor, Florida International University
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Hannibal Travis is Professor of Law at Florida International University College of Law. In Fall 2017, he was Irving Cypen Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He teaches Internet law, copyright law, entertainment law, and related topics, and has taught international and comparative law as well. He is the author or editor of three books on genocide in the former Ottoman Empire and other places, as well as many articles on related topics . He obtained his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

World Outside My Shoes logo

4:00 pm PST

"I'm Not Leaving"

Documentary film by Kevin Ekvall, Director

When the 1994 Rwandan genocide broke out, Carl Wilkins was the only American who refused to leave the country. This harrowing, yet hopeful, documentary weaves together a story of tremendous risk and fierce compassion, in the face of one of the most violent moments of the 20th century.

 Carl Wilkins

6:00 pm PST

Restorative Pathways: Building trust in Rwanda

Carl Wilkins
Founder, World Outside My Shoes
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For over a decade, Carl has shared stories to equip people to “enter the world of The Other.” He was the only American who chose to stay in Kigali, Rwanda throughout the 1994 genocide. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with gunfire, he passed through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. Working with Rwandan colleagues, they helped save the lives of hundreds. His harrowing yet hopeful journey weaves together stories of tremendous risk and fierce compassion in the midst of senseless slaughter.

Wednesday, April 14

 Dr. Stanley Mirvis

9:00 am PST

Jewish Refugees in the Caribbean

Dr. Stanley Mirvis
Assistant Professor, Harold and Jean Grossman Chair of Jewish Studies, Arizona State University
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Stanley Mirvis is Assistant Professor of history and the Harold and Jean Grossman Chair of Jewish Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of The Jews of Eighteenth-Century Jamaica: A Testamentary History of a Diaspora in Transition (Yale University Press, 2020).

 Dr. Robin Reineke

10:30 am PST

Genocidal Warnings along the U.S.-Mexico Border

Dr. Robin Reineke
Assistant Research Social Scientist, The Southwest Center, University of Arizona
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Robin C. Reineke’s research centers on forensic human identification and disappearance along the U.S.-Mexico border. Reineke founded the Missing Migrant Project in 2006, and co-founded the Colibrí Center for Human Rights in 2013. She received a BA in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona. Her work has been featured in national and international press, and in the film, Who Is Dayani Crystal. She was awarded the Institute for Policy Studies’ Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship in 2014.

 Ambassador Edward O'Donnell

6:00 pm PST

US Policy and Government Programs and Involvement Regarding Genocide and Human Rights

Ambassador Edward O'Donnell
Ambassador (ret), ASU Professor of Practice Barrett & O'Connor Center, McCain Institute Arizona State University
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Ambassador Ed O’Donnell leads the Arizona State University course “Diplomacy in Action, the Embassy Country Team” and the international affairs and leadership master’s program at the McCain Institute. Amb. O’Donnell retired from the career U.S. foreign service in 2007, after 33 years in Latin America, German-speaking Europe and other positions in Washington, D.C. He served in Germany, Austria, Panama, Colombia and Paraguay, as charge, deputy chief of mission, consul general (principal officer), economic counselor and commercial attaché. In Washington D.C., he was a negotiating ambassador concentrating on Holocaust issues; a democratic charter for the Americas and civil aviation rights. He was executive assistant to three under secretaries and special assistant, policy planning staff.

Thursday, April 15

 Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian

9:00 am PST

A Conversation on the 106h Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian
Berberian Coordinator, Armenian Studies Program, California State University, Fresno
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Barlow Der Mugrdechian is the Berberian Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program and Director of the Center for Armenian Studies at Fresno State. Der Mugrdechian was named in 2008 as the editor of the "Armenian Series" at The Press at California State University, Fresno and its latest volume is "The First Republic of Armenia (1918-1920) on its Centenary: Politics, Gender, and Diplomacy.” Der Mugrdechian was honored as the "Man of the Year" by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan at a Banquet on March 30, 2019. He is a three-time President of the Society for Armenian Studies.

Dr. Ewa Schaller

10:30 am PST

Holocaust by Bullets: a Genocide in Broad Daylight

Dr. Ewa Schaller
Senior Program Officer / Educator & Education Coordinator, American Friends of Yahad - In Unum
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Ewa Schaller conducts teachers’ seminars, lectures and other educational events in coordination with the Educational Program of Yahad-In Unum in Paris. She holds a PhD in Humanities from the University of Torun, Poland where she originally comes from. Deeply interested in the Holocaust history that has marked so much of her country’s history and identity, she joined AFYIU after she moved to NYC in 2015. Before joining the organization, she taught literature and history at her home city’s University for more than 10 years.

Dr. Wendy Lower

6:00 pm PST

The Ravine: A Family, A Photograph, A Holocaust Massacre Revealed

Dr. Wendy Lower
John K Roth Professor of History, Director Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College
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Wendy Lower is the Director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights and the John K. Roth Professor of History and the George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College. She served as Acting Director of Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2016-18) and is the Chair of the Museum's Academic Committee. Her numerous publications include "Nazi Empire-Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine" (2005), and "Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields" (2013), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in non-fiction and translated into 23 languages

Friday, April 16

Mr. Oskar Knoblaugh

9:00 am PST

A Boy's Story A Man's Memory

Mr. Oskar Knoblauch
Public Speaker and Author
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As a Holocaust survivor I experienced the rise of Nazism and the ensuing European Holocaust. In 2010, I published my book, "A Boy's Story A Man's Memory: Surviving the Holocaust 1933-1945." It details my families struggle to survive those years, a brutal time for all European Jews and millions other innocent people. My story is filled with ideals of hope, courage, love, respect, and tolerance. My voice urges students, teachers, and adults to proactively teach Holocaust education, and stresses the importance of respect and tolerance. Together we can instill tolerance into our hearts, our community, and the world!

Arizona State University

1:00 pm PST

ASU Graduate Student Panel

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  • Claudia ElDib: Propaganda and Technology in Rwanda
  • Christopher Harrison, NAU: The Mechanisms of Genocidal Conscription
  • Sina Meissgeir: Hegemonic Relationships: Female Characters in German Memoirs about Ravensbrück Concentration Camp
  • Marc Vance: Rescue of Jews in Vichy, France

Saturday, April 17

Ms. Kim Klett

9:00 am PST

ADL Educators Workshop: Echoes and Reflections Teacher Training

Kim Klett
English Teacher and Echoes & Reflections Trainer
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Ms. Klett has taught English at Dobson High School in Mesa, AZ, since 1991. There, she developed a semester-long (now year-long) course, Holocaust Literature. She is a Museum Teacher Fellow with USHMM and a Pathways for Peace Fellow. In addition, she is a trainer for Echoes & Reflections and the deputy executive director for the Educators' Institute for Human Rights, with whom she has trained teachers in Bosnia. Ms. Klett also teaches a Holocaust course at SCC and is board secretary for the Phoenix Holocaust Association.