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Audience - Children and Mass Violence Conference

An important component of the Strassler Center’s mission is education and outreach to the general public and the scholarly community.  For more information on upcoming events and conferences, please contact the Center’s program manager Robyn Conroy.  To receive notifications about all upcoming events and to join our mailing list, contact Alissa Duke.

If you would like to learn more about past events and academic conferences, we invite you to visit our  conferences or speaker archives pages, where you can listen to audio recordings.


Upcoming Events & Conferences

17 October 2019 | 4:30 p.m. | Higgins Lounge
Dana Commons

Please note later start time than originally advertised.

Documenting Mass Crimes and Envisioning Justice for Syrians

Speakers: Radwan Ziadeh (Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace), Ora Szekely (Clark University), Noha Aboueldahab (Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution)

The Syrian conflict has claimed the lives of a half-million people since 2011. Nearly five million more people have fled the country. The panelists will explain the key drivers of the conflicts and feature the efforts of local human rights organizations to document the atrocities committed. Discussion will focus on the fact-finding methods the organizations use now to lay the groundwork for transitional justice initiatives in the future.

 Sponsored by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; the Political Science Department through the Chester Bland Fund and Peace Studies 



23 October 2019 | 4:30 p.m. | JF320
Jefferson Academic Center

Genocide. Ecocide. Climate catastrophe.
Naming it, owning it, going from here.

Speakers: Christian Parenti (author, journalist and Associate Professor of Economics, John Jay College) and Roy Scranton (author and Assistant Professor of English, University of Notre Dame)

A powerful shift in American collective awareness of the climate crisis has occurred thanks to scientific reports released in fall 2018, a new level of attention in the media, and lived experiences of wildfires, drought, heavy rains, crop failures, severe cold and more.

Yet, as a culture, we live in a state of cognitive dissonance, continuing to behave as if we are not destroying our planetary home, and facing the gravest existential threat humanity has known.

Beyond the ecological dangers, competition for scarce resources and climate-connected intentional human genocides are on the rise – in the short- and long-term, and in both the South and the North. In fact, in some sense the entire climate phenomenon can be seen as an auto-genocide.

What is it we know? What do we call it? How do we understand an expanding definition of genocide? How do we own that knowledge fully? What does it portend? Where do we go from there?

We will explore these questions with our guests, who bring broad perspectives to these issues, including journalistic and military experiences in war-torn regions of the world.

Sponsored by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, A new Earth conversation (NEC), Neil Leifer and Ellen Carno.  Made possible in part through the generous funding of the Christopher Reynolds Foundation.




6 November 2019 | 3:00 p.m.| Tilton Hall
Higgins University Center

Especially for Students Lecture

1994 Genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda:  Twenty-Five Years Later

Speaker: Adama Dieng (Special Adviser, Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (OSASPG))

The Genocide Against the Tutsi took place in 1994, when nearly one million Tutsi and moderate Hutu were killed in just 100 days in the small, land-locked country of Rwanda. What lessons can we learn about UN intervention, genocide prevention, and the power of humanity 25 years after the world’s tragedy? From personal insights based on Adama Dieng’s rich career in public and international service, he will discuss how we can engage to create a world free of identity-based violence.

Reception to follow lecture.

Sponsored by the Undergraduate Program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Ina and Haskell Gordon Endowed Fund)