Genocide Awareness Week

Genocide Awareness Week 2019

7th Genocide Awareness Week

7th GENOCIDE AWARENESS WEEK  |  NOT ON OUR WATCH  |  APRIL 15 - 20, 2019

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

SPECIAL EXHIBITS

From Nuremberg to Hollywood, March 1 - April 30, Student Center Lobby. Filming the Camps by John Ford, Samuel Fuller, and George Stevens.

Before I Die Wall, April 15-20, 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

PRESENTERS

ALL PRESENTATIONS ARE IN THE TURQUOISE ROOM, STUDENT CENTER UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED

MONDAY, APRIL 15

9:00am

Katiri Kiona HerreraAm I Next
MS. KATIRI KIONA HERRERA, Student, Scottsdale Community College  
Former Miss Indian Scottsdale Community College 2017-2018, Pursuing a Associates Degree in Elementary Education at Scottsdale Community College.

10:30am

Oskar KnoblauchRespect and Tolerance in Our World
MR. OSKAR KNOBLAUCH, Public Speaker and Author
I was born in Germany in 1925. My book, “A Boy’s Story A Man’s Memory” published in 2010, details my families struggle to survive the Holocaust. My story is filled with the ideas of honor, hope, courage, trust, love, respect, and tolerance. I speak in schools and urge students, teachers, and adults of all ages, to proactively teach and promote Holocaust education, and stress the importance of respect and tolerance. “Together we can instill tolerance into our hearts, our communities, and the world!”

12:00pm

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1:30pm

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3:00pm

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5:30pm

Opening Reception in the Peridot Room

6:00pm

Opening
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Clemantine WamariyaBeyond Labels : The Girl Who Smiled Beads
MS. CLEMANTINE WAMARIYA, Author
Clemantine Wamariya is an internationally renowned speaker, a NYTimes bestselling author, and a human rights advocate. Her memoir The Girl Who Smiled Beads debuted with Crown Publishing in April 2018 and is published in 5 languages and dozens of countries. B.A.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

9:00am

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10:30am

William SimmonsRethinking Perpetrators and Survivors
Dr. WILLIAM SIMMONS, Professor of Gender & Women's Studies, Director of Human Rights Practice Program, University of Arizona
William Paul Simmons’ research is highly interdisciplinary; using theoretical, legal, and empirical approaches to advance human rights for marginalized populations around the globe. His books include Joyful Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), Human Rights Law and the Marginalized Other (Cambridge UP, 2011), and An-archy and Justice: An Introduction to Emmanuel Levinas’ Political Thought (Lexington, 2003). With Carol Mueller he edited Binational Human Rights: The U.S.-Mexico Experience published by the University of Pennsylvania Press (2014). He has published articles on sexual violence against migrant women, the feminicides in Ciudad Juárez, immigration enforcement, and many other topics.  M.A. Political Science and Ph.D. Political Science, Louisiana State University.

12:00pm

Dr. Susan CraneRemembering the Holocaust
Dr. SUSAN CRANE, Associate Professor, Modern European History, Dept. of History, University of Arizona
Susan A. Crane is Associate Professor of Modern European History at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on thematic issues of collective memory, historical consciousness and historical photography, particularly in modern German history. She is the editor of the forthcoming The Cultural History of Memory in the Nineteenth Century and is currently completing a monograph entitled "...and then Nothing Happened": On Seeing the Past as Nothing. She has taught "The Holocaust in History and Memory" annually since 1993. Ph.D. History, University of Chicago.

1:30pm

Dr. Alex AlvarezUnstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide
Dr. ALEXANDER ALVAREZ, Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University
Dr. Alex Alvarez was the founding Director of the Martin-Springer Institute for Teaching the Holocaust, Tolerance, and Humanitarian Values. In 2017-2018, he served as the Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University. His books include, Governments, Citizens, and Genocide, Murder American Style, Violence: The Enduring Problem, Genocidal Crimes, and Native America and the Question of Genocide. His latest book is Unsteady Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide. He has been invited to speak and present his research in various countries such as Austria, Bosnia, Canada, England, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Ph.D. Sociology, University of New Hampshire.

3:00pm

Ms. June BrottThe Saved Jews of Bulgaria: a lesser-known WWII story
MS. JUNE BROTT, Lecturer, School of Business, San Francisco State University (retired)
Associate Communications Director, San Francisco Jewish Federation; San Francisco State University: taught English and writing in SFSU Business School. Text Editor of Robert Sutz "We Remember" Holocaust Project. Author of "Needle and Thread: a tale of survival from Bialystok to Paris." Editor of two Holocaust memoirs:"Rising from the Ashes" and "On the Ledge." Lived for one year in Bulgaria, interviewing Holocaust survivors. B.A. Journalism, M.A. English Composition.

6:00pm

IAC Ceremony
Two Waters Circle

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

9:00am

Ms. Eileen BorrisHealing Hate in America
MS. EILEEN BORRIS, Faculty, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University
Dr. Borris is a clinical and political psychologist working with emerging democracies and governments helping nations of people reconcile centuries-old conflicts through training programs such as “schools of forgiveness.” She is on the board of Forgiveness International, served as director of training for the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy and has consulted with USAID on several projects. Currently she is working on a project in Afghanistan. B.A. Music.

10:30am

Dr. Robin ReinekeThe Externalization of Genocide: Borders & Deportation as Ethnic Cleansing
DR. ROBIN REINEKE, Research Social Scientist, University of Arizona
Robin Reineke is Assistant Research Social Scientist at the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center, and is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Colibri Center for Human Rights. Her research and teaching interests include forensics, humanitarianism, global migration, and human rights along the U.S.-Mexico border. Reineke received a BA in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona. She was awarded the Institute for Policy Studies’ Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship in 2014. Ph.D.

12:00pm

Dr. Valerio FermeItaly's Dirty Little Secret: Mussolini's Concentration Camps
DR. VALERIO FERME, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Northern Arizona University
Valerio Ferme is Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at NAU. He received a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and has published two single-authored books, Tradurre è tradire. La traduzione come sovversione culturale sotto il fascismo (Longo, 2002), and Women, Enjoyment, and the Defense of Virtue in Boccaccio’s Decameron (Palgrave, 2015); and one co-authored one (Italy and the Mediterranean in the Post-Cold War Era, Palgrave, 2013). Dr. Fermes is president of the American Association of Italian Studies, and is completing the translation of a book on concentration camps in Italy under Fascism. Ph.D. Comparative Literature.

1:30pm

Dr. Volker BenkertStewards of the Story of Beth Hebrew, Phoenix
DR. VOLKER BENKERT, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Volker Benkert is an Assistant Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.
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MICHAEL LEVINE is an artist and real estate developer who has saved several historic Phoenix buildings among them Beth Hebrew.
HAVA TIROSH-SAMUELSON is Director of Jewish Studies and Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism and Professor of History at Arizona State University.
JASON BRUNER is an Assistant Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.

3:00pm

Dr. Ettie ZilberAs Mama told Us: A Holocaust Story from Lithuania to America
DR. ETTIE ZILBERT, Consultant, ZedEd Consultancy
Born in a Displaced Persons’ Camp in Germany, Ettie absorbed Holocaust stories from her parents. The stories were augmented by family friends, reading, Yiddishe Schule, research, testimonies and travel to the locations of their youth and trauma. She is a member of the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association and Descendants groups and authored “A Holocaust Memoir of Love and Resilience.” She addresses audiences about the Holocaust. As an educator in international schools in 6 countries, she has trained students and adults for cross cultural awareness, helping them understand “the other,” and leading to improved tolerance, teamwork and community relationships." B.A. Queens College, City University of New York, M.S. Pennsylvania State University, M.Ed. The College of New Jersey, Ed.D. Lehigh University.

6:00pm

Dr. Fadi DawoodThe Continuity of Genocide: Assyrians in the Age of Simele
DR. FADI DAWOOD, Political Advisor, Ontario Legislative Assembly / Ontario Government
Fadi Dawood, is a Political Adviser, at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and Senior Research Fellow, NATO Association of Canada. He is a historian of the modern Middle East, with a particular interest in minority communities of Iraq and Syria. His doctoral dissertation at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, examines the political and social lives of Iraq’s Assyrian community during the period of the British mandate. He is also the co-editor on a book project that examines state-society relations in Iraq entitled “State-Society Relations in Iraq: Citizenship Under Occupation, Dictatorship and Democratization.”

Dr. Nadia YounanMusical Expressions of Genocide Experience: An Assyrian Case Study
MS. NADIA YOUNAN, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Toronto
Nadia Younan is a Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto. Her research on the intersections of collective memory, trauma, and resilience in Assyrian music and dance expressions is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Nadia holds a Master of Arts, Ethnomusicology (York University, 2013), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Specialized Honours in Music (York University, 2011). Her multi-sited, ethnographic fieldwork also examines the transnational network of Assyrians in diaspora, and the significance of expressive culture under circumstances of exile and displacement.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

9:00am

Dr. Lawrence BellThe First World War and the Jews
DR. LAWRENCE BELL, Executive Director, Arizona Jewish Historical Society
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Bell received his Bachelors Degree in History from Arizona State University and his Masters and Ph.D Degrees in History from The Ohio State University. For the past 9 years, Dr. Bell has served as the Executive Director of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society where he has been involved in restoring Phoenix’s first synagogue as the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, a museum and cultural center open to people of all faiths. Dr. Bell is also very passionate about promoting good interfaith relations in the Valley as serves as Vice President of the Arizona Interfaith Movement. Ph.D. History.

10:30am

Dr. Alexandra BirchSoviet Memories: Music and the Holocaust in the former USSR
DR. ALEXANDRA BIRCH, Violinist
Dr. Alexandra Birch has a diverse career as a violinist, violist and scholar. As a soloist and chamber musician, Miss Birch has toured extensively in the USA, Asia, Russia, and Europe. Dr. Birch holds a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts), MM, and BM from Arizona State University as a student of Dr. Katherine McLin. Dr. Birch's research focuses on music and the arts under duress particularly from the former USSR. In fall 2018 she was an Alexander Grass Memorial Fellow at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC where she conducted her postdoctoral research for this program and two CDs. B.M., M.M. & D.Ma. Violin Performance, Arizona State University.

Mr. Dani ShraibmanMR. DANI SHRAIBMAN, Faculty Associate, Arizona State University
Israeli Pianist Dani Shraibman began studying piano at the late age of 14 and a half, but within three short years graduated with honors from the Conservatory of Music in Ashdod, Israel with professor Yanina Kudlik. Mr. Shraibman also holds a MM from Arizona State University where he is currently a doctoral candidate of Baruch Meir. He also serves a Faculty Associate at ASU in piano. He is the winner of numerous competitions and has performed in the US, Israel and Germany including for artists Daniel Pollack, Asaf Zohar, Alexander Serdar, Michael Bogoslavsky, Lily Dorfman, Mark Fouxman, and Olga Kern. B.M. Buchmann Mehta School of Music (Israel), M.M. Arizona State University.

12:00pm

Ms. Janice FriebaumRefuge and Resilience in Shanghai: A Far-Flung Chapter of the Holocaust
MS. JANICE FRIEBAUM, Trainer/Presenter/Educator
Janice is vice president of Phoenix Holocaust Association and Coordinating Council member of Generations of the Shoah, International. She founded several groups across the country for descendants of survivors, including Generations After in Greater Phoenix and served as its first chairperson. Janice conducts trainings for healthcare workers and others who assist aging Holocaust survivors, public speaking for descendants of survivors, and lectures on various Holocaust topics. She has served on boards of numerous Holocaust organizations, was executive director of LEAH, League for the Educational Awareness of the Holocaust, and interviewed survivors for the Shoah Visual History Project. B.A. Environmental Studies, Eisenhower College, M.A. Jewish and Holocaust Studies, University of Chicago, M.S. Plant Ecology, University of Tennessee.

1:30pm

Ms. Mary FarquharRescue in the Philippines, Refuge from the Holocaust
MS. MARY FARQUHAR, Retired Teacher, San Francisco Unified School District
Mary Farquhar is the daughter of Viennese refugees who barely made it out of Austria in 1939. Her parents, both educators, were among the 1200-1300 Jews who were given refuge by the Philippines as a result of an ingenious rescue plan. Mary was born four years later during the Japanese occupation. Her family was one of the few who remained in Manila after the war. She attended the American School and immigrated to the U.S. after graduation. She, too, became a teacher and taught German and Spanish in two of San Francisco’s top high schools. B.A. & M.A. German, California State University, Fresno.

3:00pm

Film - Rescue in the Philipines
Description To Come

6:00pm

Mr. Steven ReeceTo Be Determined
MR. STEVEN REECE, Founder and CEO, The Matzevah Foundation, Inc.
Steven D. Reece worked as a photojournalist before entering religious and charitable work. He leads The Matzevah Foundation to care for and restore Jewish cemeteries in Poland, commemorate mass grave sites, and educate the public about the Shoah. Steven is an ordained Baptist minister and is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Steven is certified to teach about the Holocaust through Yad Vashem and Tel Aviv University. Presently, he is a candidate for the Ph.D. in Leadership at Andrews University and will graduate in 2019. B.S. Biology, Baylor University, M.Div. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

8:30am - 2:00pm

AZ Post Workshop
Held in the Turquoise Room

6:00pm

Dark Road
Play at Two Waters Circle

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

9:00am - 3:00pm

Memorial de la Shoa Teachers' Workshop
Held in the Turquoise Room

6:00pm

Dark Road
Play at Two Waters Circle

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

9:00am

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