Free and Open to the Public
23 October, 2015
4:00 pm Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House
Empire, Nation-State, and Genocide
Speakers: Peter Holquist and Ronald Suny
Ronald Suny (University of Michigan) and Peter Holquist (University of Pennsylvania) discuss genocide in the comparative contexts of the Ottoman and Russian Empires respectively. Recent scholarship, including that of Suny and Holquist, challenges the common understanding of the Armenian Genocide in the context of the Young Turks’ plan to eliminate Christians and homogenize Anatolia as part of the founding of Turkey. Instead, scholars are coming to understand genocides of the late 19th and early 20th centuries (including the Armenian Genocide) as a reorganization of empire based on new demographic policies.
18 November, 2015
7:30 pm Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons
Recognizing Painful Legacies through Memorial Construction
Speakers: Julian Bonder, Deborah Martin (Geography), and Kristen Wilson (Art History)
The question of how communities address painful legacies through memorial construction is the starting point for a discussion between architect Julian Bonder and Clark Professors Deborah Martin and Kristina Wilson. Bonder’s well-known Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France, a port from which hundreds of Atlantic slave-trading expeditions set forth, will serve as the cornerstone. The trio will also look at Bonder’s Holocaust-related work and other memorials to mass atrocity.