Sponsored by the Center for Liberal & Applied Social Sciences and Justice Studies

Sixty years after the liberation of Auschwitz and ten years after the Rwandan tragedy, genocide remains very much an issue of contemporary relevance. Yet what constitutes genocide is the subject of often agonizing debate and no little confusion. The International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur recently concluded both that "there is no doubt that the objective elements of genocide materialized in Darfur" and that "the Government of Sudan has not pursued the policy of genocide in Darfur" (!). No wonder that educators—to say nothing of students and other individuals—approach the topic with trepidation. 

The Center for Liberal and Applied Social Sciences and the Justice Studies major of James Madison University presents this conference on "Confronting Genocide." By bringing together leading scholars from several disciplines as well practitioners of statecraft and advocacy, this event will integrate both public proceedings and closed faculty development workshops in an examination of different facets of this ever timely topic. 

The conference, to be held at JMU's College Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will include both speaker presentations and the screening for the first time in the Commonwealth of two films, the feature 100 Days and the documentary La France Divisée. 

In hosting this conference we gratefully acknowledge financial support from the College of Arts and Letters Faculty Development Fund, the Provost's Office, the General Education Program, the Office of International Programs, the Student Success Programs, and the Office of the Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters for Interdisciplinary Programs. 

Full information about the conference can be found on our web site Check it out here.


Tuesday, April 5
(all events are open to the general public) 

7:00 p.m. 
"The Search for Accountability after Genocide and Mass Violence" 
Ms. Dina Temple-Raston 
Foreign Bureau Chief, The New York Sun 

8:00 p.m. 
"100 Days": A Feature Film Produced and Directed by Nick Hughes 
(after the screening of the film, Ms. Temple Raston will be available to sign copies of her new book Justice on the Grass) 

Wednesday, April 6
(pre-registration required; see details below) 

Morning Session 
"La France Divisée": A Documentary Film Directed and Produced by Eileen M. Angelini and Barbara P. Barnett 
"From Spoken Word to Genocide: The Power of Language" 
Dr. Eileen M. Angelini Associate Professor & Director of the Foreign Language Program, Philadelphia University 

"The Dynamics of Genocide in Rwanda: Patterns and Perpetrators" 
Dr. Scott Straus Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Noon Luncheon 

Afternoon Session 
"Should the Violence in Darfur Be Called 'Genocide'? An Overview of the Issues" 
Dr. Straus 

"Let Us Bury the Dead, Not the Truth: History and Commemoration of Genocide" 
Dr. Michele Wagner Assistant Professor of African History 
Department of History, University of Minnesota 

"Educating about Genocide and Other Human Rights Issues" 
Dr. Mary Johnson North America Project Coordinator, Facing History 

Panel Discussion 

Closing Reception 

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