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"Race" and Racism: Roots of Atrocity Crimes

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Calendar   Speaking Engagements
Location Zoom
Date Wed, Oct 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Duration   1h

Join the United Nations Outreach Programme on the Holocaust for a discussion that focuses on the relationship of so-called “race theory” and racism to the committing of atrocity crimes and genocide, and how the belief in “race” shaped the history and the legacy of the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans, the Holocaust and the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The discussion is Episode 8 of the "Beyond the long shadow: engaging with difficult histories" live discussion series.

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Sara E. Brown
Sara E. Brown is the Executive Director of Chhange, the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. Dr. Brown holds the first Ph.D. in comparative genocide studies from Clark University's Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.  Dr. Brown has worked and conducted research in Rwanda since 2004, served as a project coordinator in refugee camps in Tanzania, worked in refugee resettlement in Texas, and researched conflict globalization and conflict in Israel. Prior to coming to Chhange, she developed and managed post-secondary education programming for USC Shoah Foundation. She has presented at an array of professional conferences around the world, published pieces in academic journals, news outlets, and edited volumes, and has designed and taught courses on human rights, mass violence, and history.  She is the author of Gender and the Genocide in Rwanda: Women as Perpetrators and Rescuers and the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook on Religion, Mass Atrocity, and Genocide.


Tara A. Inniss
Dr. Tara A. Inniss is a Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy at Cave Hill Campus, The University of the West Indies (UWI) and Director of the UWI/OAS Caribbean Heritage Network (CHN). The areas of focus for her teaching and research include: history of medicine; history of social policy; and heritage and social development. In 2002-03, she received a Split-Site Commonwealth PhD Scholarship to study at the UWI/University of Manchester. In 2007, she completed a Masters in International Social Development at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Dr. Inniss has served as a delegate for the Government of Barbados on the World Heritage Committee. She is also a member of Barbados' Research Teams for UNESCO World Heritage Property Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison and the Nomination for The Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum. 

Doyle Stevick
Dr. Doyle Stevick is the founding Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center and Associate Professor at the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. He was twice a Fulbright Fellow to Estonia. His first two books addressed citizenship education and the next three Holocaust education, including, with Zehavit Gross in 2015, As the Witnesses Fall Silent: 21st Century Holocaust education in Curriculum, Policy and Practice for UNESCO's International Bureau of Education.

Freddy Mutanguha
Mr. Freddy Mutanguha is the Executive Director of the Aegis Trust, and lectures internationally on the impact of the genocide and on post-conflict reconstruction. Mr. Mutanguha led the development of Aegis’ peace education programme in Rwanda, and leads Aegis’ work to take this model to other areas at risk. Mr. Mutanguha survived the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda as a teenager. As an orphan head-of-household, he worked his way through school to become a leading advocate for peace and human rights education. He helped to found AERG, Rwanda’s student survivors association, and was the Secretary General of IBUKA, the national umbrella association for survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. In 2004, Mr. Mutanguha joined Aegis during the construction of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. Mr. Muthanguha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the Kigali Institute of Education. He sits on the International Board of the Cambodia Centre for Justice and Reconciliation.

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