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Genocide Awareness Week 2018

Welcome to the 6th Genocide Awareness Week at SCC, #NotOnOurWatch.


Genocide Awareness Week 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.

For information, contact John Liffiton at: (480) 423-6447 or john.liffiton@scottsdalecc.edu


Then They Came for Us… March 1 - April 30, Student Center Lobby. Provided by the East Valley Jewish Community Center and Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity, this exhibit explores three distinct events – the Holocaust, the treatment of Black people in Europe, and the domestic struggle for civil rights.

Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose, April 1 - 30, Student Center Lobby. Created by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation, Who Am I? drops viewers into a firsthand experience of young Jehovah’s Witnesses who suffered because they refused to accept Nazism and explores the difficult questions they had to answer.

We Remember: The Holocaust Art of Robert Sutz, April 9 - 14, Turquoise Room, Student Center. Award-winning fine artist Robert Sutz presents a collection of likenesses of Holocaust survivors and a way for future generations to connect with the faces and experiences of those who survived the atrocities of the past.

Before I Die Wall, April 9-14, East Patio Student Center. The wall poses a simple question: What do you want to do before you die? Over 2,000 chalkboard walls have been created in over 70 countries and more than 35 languages, inviting viewers to connect with profound personal truths about what is really important.

Hosted by Scottsdale Community College and sponsored in part by local and national organizations, this event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
For information, contact John Liffiton at: (480) 423-6447 or john.liffiton@scottsdalecc.edu


The Children of Willesden Lane - Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Kicking off Genocide Awareness Week, concert pianist Mona Golabek will perform her mother’s story of survival. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virgina G. Piper Theater. Tickets can be purchased online.





Dr. Lisa MarsioMaking the Unbearable a Bit More Bearable: The Work of Forensic Anthropologists in Bosnia
DR. LISA MARSIO, Professor of Archaeology and Biological Anthropology at Maricopa Community Colleges
Dr. Marsio is a Near Eastern Archaeologist who does her fieldwork in Northern Israel. She currently teaches a variety of anthropology classes at Scottsdale Community College, including "Introduction to Forensic Anthropology," where students explore the results of genocide and the work of forensic anthropologists who attempt to bring closure to the families of the disappeared. Marsio holds a B.A.; Classics M.A,. Near Eastern Archaeology; MBA, International Finance; Ph.D. Near Eastern Archaeology.


Oskar KnoblauchRespect and Tolerance in Modern Society
OSKAR KNOBLAUCH, Public Speaker and Author
As a Holocaust survivor, Oskar Knoblauch experienced the rise of Nazism and the ensuing European Holocaust. In 2010, Knoblauch published, A Boy's Story, a Man's Memory - Surviving the Holocaust, which details his family's struggle to survive a brutal time for all European Jews and millions of other innocent people. Filled with ideals of hope, courage, love, respect, and tolerance, Knoblauch’s voice urges students, teachers, and adults to proactively teach Holocaust education and stresses the importance of respect and tolerance as he states, “Together we can instill tolerance into our hearts, our community, and the world!” Photo: Willy Lange Photography


Katrina ShawverThe Shared History of Poland and the Holocaust as Seen through Polish Eyes
KATRINA SHAWVER, Author, Blogger and Speaker
Writer, blogger, speaker, and the author of, Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America, an adult nonfiction biography released in 2017 to high praise. She spent 15 years researching World War II, Poland, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and the Holocaust. Her book includes previously unpublished insights and stories, and a unique view of the Holocaust through the eyes of a Polish Catholic political prisoner. Her writing career began 20 years ago, writing hundreds of newspaper columns for The Arizona Republic. Visit her website katrinashawver.com where she blogs regularly. Katrina holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona in English/Political Science, and a Paralegal Certificate from Phoenix College.


Jennifer DenetdaleThe Navajo Treaty of 1868 / From Genocide to Navajo Governance and Revitalization
JENNIFER DENETDALE, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of New Mexico
Jennifer Denetdale is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and originally from Tohatchi, New Mexico. As the first-ever Diné/Navajo to earn a PhD in history, Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale is a strong advocate for Native peoples and strives to foster academic excellence in the next generation of students interested in Native Studies. She is an associate professor of American Studies and the director of the Institute for American Indian Research at the University of New Mexico. She is also the chair of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission. Dr. Denetdale is an author of Navajo histories and has published numerous articles and essays. Denetdale holds a BA from University of New Mexico, an MA from Northern Arizona University and a PhD from Northern Arizona University.


Architects of Denial: Genocide Denied is Genocide Continued
Architects of Denial is a first person look at genocide through the eyes of survivors and experts graphically illustrating the connection between the denial and the continuation of the horrific executions. Specifically uncovering the realities of the ongoing slaughter of Armenians that began just over one hundred years ago and still goes on to this day, the film also looks at Darfur, Cambodia, and Kurds.


Opening Reception in the Peridot Room
Sponsored by Sacks Tierney, P.A.



Ambassador John EvansGenocide in the Modern World
JOHN EVANS, Retired Ambassador from U.S. Department of State
A native of Virginia, Evans studied at St. Andrew's School, Yale, and Columbia before entering the U.S. Foreign Service in 1971. Assigned to Iran, Czechoslovakia, the USSR, NATO, the office of the Secretary (Vance), and the Soviet Desk, then to the Czech Republic, the Russian Federation and (as Ambassador) to Armenia. While in Armenia, Amb. Evans broke publicly with the U.S. government's policy of non-recognition of the 1915 Armenian Genocide and was recalled from his post by President Bush. In retirement, he published Truth Held Hostage (Gomidas; London, 2016) and has spoken to various audiences about that issue. He currently lives in Washington with his wife Donna. Evans holds a B.A. from Yale, 1970; study toward Ph.D. at Columbia, no degree.



Dr. Barlow Der MugrdechianThe Armenian Genocide
DR. BARLOW DER MUGRDECHIAN, Coordinator, Armenian Studies Program, California State University, Fresno; President of the Society for Armenian Studies
In 1985, Barlow Der Mugrdechian began teaching courses exploring Armenian language, history, literature, culture, art, and religion for the Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Fresno. He is the Berberian Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program and Director of the Center for Armenian Studies at Fresno State. Der Mugrdechian is serving his second term 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 holds an MA and C. Philosophy from UCLA through the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. 


Manuel PinoEnvironmental Genocide in Indian Country
Manuel Pino, Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of American Indian Studies at Scottsdale Community College
Manuel Pino is from Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. Manuel's research addresses environmental issues and their impact on Indigenous peoples throughout the world. His major focus is uranium mining and milling and its impact on Indigenous peoples. Manuel has served as a delegate to numerous environmental conferences at the United Nations and is currently working on health issues related to radiation exposure and in communities opposing nuclear waste storage and future mining. In 2008 he received the Nuclear Free Future Award in Munich, Germany.


Natali SegoviaCultural Genocide of Indigenous Peoples in the 21st Century
Natali Segovia, Counsel, Honor Law Group, PLLC
Natali Segovia, of Quechua/Peruvian descent, is a long-time advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples, immigrant communities and underrepresented populations. Segovia's work focuses on representing clients in cases involving issues of Federal Indian law/Tribal law in state and tribal courts, criminal defense and general civil litigation. Additionally, Segovia has conducted human rights fieldwork in Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, and Mexico. For the past decade, her work in Colombia has focused on human rights violations, internal displacement of indigenous peoples and rural communities, environmental issues and most recently, transitional justice during the Colombian-FARC peace process. Segovia is the current chair of the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Committee of the National Lawyers Guild and serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Global Justice, a 501(c)(3) non-profit and think tank dedicated to social change, economic justice, and ecological sustainability. Segovia holds a J.D. from Arizona State University and dual degrees in Latin American Studies and Political Science from Columbia University.


Benjamin RundallCultural Genocide of Indigenous Peoples in the 21st Century
Benjamin Rundall, Member, Honor Law Group, PLLC
A long time Arizona resident, Ben obtained his law degree from Arizona State University and holds dual degrees in Political Science and Anthropology. From the outset of his legal career, Ben has focused his energy on representing the "little guy” - from seriously injured clients battling insurance companies, small businesses against their larger adversaries, and finally, to citizens wronged by their own government, Ben has consistently stood up for the "Davids" of the world against their "Goliaths." In addition to his civil litigation and trial work, Ben also practices in the areas of Federal Indian Law/Tribal Law. As an indigenous rights proponent, Ben is also proud to represent both individual and tribal interests in state and tribal courts across Arizona. Ben works hard to make sure that the rights of tribes and tribal members are understood, preserved, and protected. Ben is currently a member of the Executive Council of the State Bar's Indian Legal Section and serves on the Museum and Cultural Advisory Board for the City of Mesa. Rundall holds a J.D. from Arizona State University.


Carl WilkensFinding allies among the “enemy” - Rebuilding Trust after the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi
Carl Wilkens, Director, World Outside My Shoes
As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the Spring of 1990. In 1994, when extremists took over the government in Rwanda and started ordering ordinary citizens to kill the “enemy”– their Tutsi neighbors – all foreign embassies evacuated their respective citizens. A handful refused to leave, and among them was one American – Carl Wilkens. His harrowing, yet hopeful journey weaves together stories of tremendous risk and fierce compassion in the midst of the senseless slaughter as he and his Rwandan colleagues work to bring food, water, and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. Carl earned an MBA at the University of Baltimore.



James DaughertyIreland: The Great Hunger
James Daugherty , Retired Faculty Emeritus, Glendale Community College
James Daugherty taught Nutrition at Glendale CC for 22 years, and Biology there for 5 years. Daugherty also served as Faculty Director of GCC's technology Innovation Center for 7 years. Active in the Irish community since 1984, Daugherty eventually entered the role of president of the Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, and the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation. For the last 17 years Daugherty has presented a multimedia commemoration of the 1916 Irish Easter Rising annually. Daugherty holds a B.S. in Nutrition from Arizona State University and an M.S in Human Nutrition from Arizona State University.


Renee OchsnerWho Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose
RENEE OCHSNER, Volunteer with Arnold-Liebster Foundation
Ochsner has spent time teaching in the secondary setting in Atlanta, Georgia; Louisville, Kentucky; and in Tucson, Arizona. Since 2001, Ochsner has been volunteering as an educator specializing in the Nazi persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses with the Arnold-Liebster Foundation. A non-political, non-profit organization, the Foundation strives to keep alive the memory of victims of dictatorships and religious persecution. The Arnold-Liebster Foundation was established by Holocaust-Era survivors Max Liebster and Simone Arnold Liebster. She has co-presented at conferences throughout Arizona and in middle school and high school classrooms. Ochsner holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Georgia; M.A. from the University of Arizona.

Kristin Dickman WalterKristin Dickman Walter, Volunteer Consultant, Arnold-Liebster Foundation
Kristin Dickman began as a volunteer consultant with the Arnold-Liebster Foundation in 2002, a non-profit organization founded by Jehovah's Witness survivors of Nazi persecution. Striving to assist educators throughout Arizona to access and utilize resources, she has participated as an exhibitor and co-presenter of teacher workshops at the annual Arizona Council for Social Studies Conference, Northern Arizona University, and Scottsdale Community College. Dickman has spent many hours in Arizona classrooms as a guest speaker and facilitated Skype conferences between Jehovah's Witness survivors of Nazi persecution and students. Kristin was awarded her B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota.


Dr. Esad Boškailo, M.D.Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Post-Traumatic Growth
DR. ESAD BOSKAILO, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of Arizona, Phoenix Medical School, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Mayo Medical School, Scottsdale, AZ, Associate Residency Training Director at MIHS, Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Boskailo was a family medicine physician from Bosnia who survived one year in six concentration camps during the Bosnian war in early 90s, and emerged with powerful new lessons for healing in an age of genocide. Boskailo came to the United States traumatized, but his life turned around after reading Victor Frankl’s book, A Man’s Search for Meaning, and realizing that others needed his help to deal with their war traumas. He subsequently got certified in the United States as a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of psychological trauma and helping people find meaning in life. He studied medicine at the Sarajevo University School of Medicine (1984). In addition to his private practice, he is now an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona and Assistant Professor at Mayo Medical School. He Is co-author of the book, Wounded I Am More Awake - Finding Meaning After Terror, published by Vanderbilt University Press.


Bjorn KrondorferLiving with My Father's Stories: A Conversation from the son of a German Soldier
Bjorn Krondorfer, Director of the Martin-Springer Institute, and Endowed Professor of Religious Studies, Northern Arizona University
Björn Krondorfer is Director of the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University and Endowed Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies. An expert in religion, gender and culture, Holocaust studies, and reconciliation studies, Krondorfer’s publications include Male Confessions: Intimate Revelations and the Religious Imagination (Stanford UP), Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism (London, SCM), and Remembrance and Reconciliation (Yale UP). Nationally and internationally, he facilitates intercultural encounters on issues of conflict, memory, and reconciliation. He has been invited to speak and present his work in South Africa, Australia, South Korea, Finland, Poland, United Kingdom, Italy, Israel & Palestine, Germany, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Canada.


Alda BenjamenNegotiating citizenship and identity in the Aftermath of Sayfo and Simele
Alda Benjamen, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Dr. Alda Benjamen is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center and a research associate at Smithsonian’s Cultural Rescue Initiative. She works as a historian specializing in cultural heritage documentation and preservation. Her recent PhD dissertation, “Negotiating the Place of Assyrians in Modern Iraq,” examines the relationship between a stronger Iraqi state under the Baʿth regime, which began in 1968, and the Assyrians, a Christian ethno-religious group. Her research weaves ethnographic material and oral histories with original archival sources uncovered in Baghdad, Duhok, and Mosul. Specializing in the history of modern Iraq and Syria, Middle Eastern minorities and their transnational networks, and women and gender issues, her current research examines cultural heritage in times of conflict, and focuses on intangible heritage within agricultural domains. Dr. Benjamen received the E.B. Smith Award for Best Dissertation in Political History, and was a fellow at the Academic Research Institute in Iraq/CAORC. She holds a Master’s degree in Syriac Studies from the University of Toronto. She recently completed her PhD in Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Joseph HermizAfter Seyfo: Assyrians on the post-World War I International Scene
Joseph Hermiz, Doctoral Student at The University of Chicago
Joseph Hermiz is a Ph.D. student working on Late Ottoman and Modern Middle Eastern history in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Hermiz has professional working and research knowledge in Modern Assyrian/Aramaic, Modern Standard Arabic, Modern Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, and French, focusing current research on the political and social history of the Assyrians in the late Ottoman Empire. In studies to obtain a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 2016, Hermiz sought to understand the development of the modern Assyrian identity in the 19th century. Hermiz holds a B.A. in History and Religious Studies from Arizona State University, a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago.



Irene BlackMy Family: Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust
Irene Black , Retired psychologist, teacher, author and art historian
Born in England, Irene Black has been a psychologist, teacher and art historian and has lived in the USA, Australia and India. The director of a small publishing company in Guildford, UK, Black teaches courses on Asian arts and gives talks on her novels and non-fiction works. Her background underlies all her writing and she has documented the remarkable story of her German-born parents in a biography of their lives in 1930s Berlin and as war-time refugees in England. She has a son and a daughter and spends part of the year in Laos, where her son lives. Irene holds a B.A. in Psychology from Manchester University UK and an M.A. in South Asian Arts from De Montfort University, UK.


Jeralynn BenoitThe Vel d'Hiv, La Rafle
JERALYNN BENOIT, Retired Advertising Sales Manager, English Teacher in France, and current board member of The Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Alliance Française, and member of Brandeis Women of Phoenix
Jeralynn Benoit, known as Jeri, moved to California in the mid-70s from the Midwest, where she worked as an advertising sales manager for companies such as Forbes, TV Guide, and Mirabella. After living in California for nearly 20 years, Benoit met her French husband while he was on a business trip to Los Angeles. The couple moved to France, got married, and lived there full-time for nearly 10 years. In France, Benoit obtained a certificate to teach English as a foreign language and taught in French universities and French companies. Retiring to Phoenix and now sharing time between France and Phoenix, Benoit is now serving on the boards of The Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Alliance Française, and is a member of Brandeis Women of Phoenix. Benoit holds a B.S. from Indiana University, Certificate from Rutgers University for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.


Dr. Lisa AdeliThe Strange Case of the Holocaust - Ethnic Persecution in Croatia and Bosnia during World War II
DR. LISA ADELI, Director of Educational Outreach, UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Lisa Adeli is the Director of Educational Outreach at the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies, where she organizes programs and provides information to teachers, students, and members of the community. She earned a doctorate from the University of Arizona, specializing in Balkan history and minoring in Middle Eastern history. Her dissertation, later a book, analyzed the reaction against ethnic persecution in the "Independent State of Croatia" (modern Bosnia/Croatia) during World War II. She frequently leads educational travel programs to Bosnia, which she describes as "the most amazing place that you never knew you wanted to visit." Adeli holds a B.S. Foreign Service, Georgetown University; M.A. History, Indiana University; M.A. Applied Linguistics (Teaching ESL), Indiana University; Ph.D. History, University of Arizona.


Michael BeyoItalian Jewry during WWII
Michael Beyo, CEO, East Valley Jewish Community Center
Rabbi Michael Beyo was born in Milan, Italy and has lived throughout Europe, Israel and the USA. He focused his graduate level studies at Universities in Israel and the USA in Political Science, Jewish History and Jewish Philosophy as well as received multiple Rabbinical Ordinations. Rabbi Beyo is a published author, University lecturer and sought after speaker. After having spent many years in the corporate and nonprofit world, Rabbi Beyo has taken on the position of CEO of the East Valley Jewish Community Center in Chandler, AZ.


Charlotte AdelmanSurvival as a Child
Charlotte Adelman, Holocaust Survivor
Holocaust survivor Charlotte Adelman was born in 1932 and grew up in Paris. When she was 10 years old, she and her brother were brought to an orphanage after their parents were taken by the Germans. Her father escaped and her mother was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943. Separated from her father and brother, Adelman was hidden multiple times from the Germans by courageous individuals, including 9 months spent hiding in a cellar. Charlotte moved to Israel in 1957, then to Montreal and eventually settled in Arizona with her husband in 1979. Charlotte has two children and two grandchildren. She is active in her Jewish congregation and speaks recounting the horrors and lessons of the Holocaust. Charlotte holds a degree in accounting from France.


James PalmerThe Looting of Artworks as a Means of Genocide
JAMES PALMER, Founder of Mondex Corporation
James Palmer established Mondex Corporation in 1993 to help clients with the recovery of fine art, assets, and unclaimed estates which were looted during the Second World War. Specifically, Palmer has been responsible for several successful restitution cases with various private, institutional and governmental parties, including the Claims Resolution Tribunal, regarding WWII era unclaimed Swiss bank accounts; with the French Prime Minister’s Office in conjunction with the Commission for the Compensation of Victims of Spoliation (CIVS) of France regarding properties looted in France; and with respect to several art restitution matters involving the governments of the Netherlands, Bavaria, Poland, and the United States. Palmer holds an HBA from York University, MBA from Edinburgh Business School.


8:30am - 2:00pm

USHMM Ethics Course - What You Do Matters: Lessons from the Holocaust
Richard Clore, Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council (APAAC)


9:00am - 3:00pm

Emilie Garrigou-KemptonUSC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive & Its Uses in Teaching and Research (Educator workshop)
Emilie Garrigou-Kempton, Scholar at Large At the Center for Advanced Genocide Research, USC Shoah Foundation / Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Scripps College
A native of France, Emilie Garrigou-Kempton is a visiting assistant professor in French Studies at Scripps college and a scholar at large at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research. The Center is dedicated to advancing new areas of interdisciplinary scholarship on the Holocaust and other genocides, focusing particularly on the origins of genocide and how to intervene in the cycle that leads to mass violence. Garrigou-Kempton has made it her goal to increase the Center's visibility, get more people engaged in lecture series, and get more researchers from more disciplines to show all that could be done with testimony. Garrigou-Kempton holds a Ph.D. in French Studies from the University of Southern California, an MA in Philosophy from Bordeaux, France and a BS in Philosophy from Bordeaux, France.

Amy Marczewski Carnes, Ph.D.Amy Carnes, Ph.D., Program Manager, USC Shoah Foundation
Dr. Carnes completed her Ph.D. at UCLA in French/Francophone Studies in 2007. Her dissertation, entitled Remembering Together: Francophone African Literature’s Re-Imagining of the Rwandan Genocide, analyzes the strategies that literature adopts for memorializing genocide and considers new models of commemoration to cultivate reconciliation in post-conflict society. Since joining USC Shoah Foundation in 2008, Dr. Carnes has overseen educational projects throughout Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, delivered professional development and academic lectures based on testimony, curated two exhibitions of testimony at UNESCO, and developed and taught a course at USC entitled Rebuilding Rwanda: Memory, Testimony, and Living Together after Genocide.



Genocide Memorial ServiceGenocide Memorial Service
Please join us for a memorial service at the Genocide Memorial on Tuesday, April 24 at 9am. The service is located in the center of campus near the Science Lecture (SL) Building.