Fall 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016 • 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Learning Center (LC) Room 28, Drew University
ISIS and Genocide
The United States Department of State recently declared ISIS’s actions in Syria and Iraq to be “genocide.”  This is the first time since 2004 that the United States has used this term, which involves mass violence against targeted groups.  What prompted the United States to adopt this policy?  What comprises genocide?  What are the stages that allow genocide to arise?  These are some of the questions that will be addressed by Dr. Gregory Stanton, who is Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at George Mason University and former member of the United States State Department.  He was instrumental in the recent decision by the United States to use the term genocide to describe ISIS’s treatment of minorities in Syria and Iraq.  Dr. Stanton is also President of Genocide Watch, an organization devoted to tracking the development of genocides.  He will utilize his ten-stage theory of genocide to discuss how and why the United States came to the decision to declare the actions of ISIS to be genocidal.
Free and open to the public.  Flyer

Thursday, September 22 • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
Conversation with Witness
Eric Hamberg grew up near Mannheim, Germany and escaped in 1939, just months before World War II began.  He later immigrated to the U.S.A and became a member of the American Armed Forces and helped in the liberation of Europe.
Free and open to the public.       

Monday, October 24, 2016 • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Brothers College, Room 101, Drew University
Comparative Cinematic Racism
This talk by Dr. Larry Green, Professor of History at Seton Hall University, will compare the role of gender and race in the 1915 American film Birth of a Nation with the 1940 German film Jud Süß.
Free and open to the public.  Flyer

Thursday, October 27, 2016 • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
Conversation with Witness
Holocaust survivor Mrs. Hedy Brasch will share her memories of being deported from Hungary, her time in Auschwitz, and her work as a forced laborer in Bremen, Germany.
Free and open to the public.  Flyer

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Learning Center (LC) Room 28, Drew University
Commemoration of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass)
Erwin Ganz grew up in Germany and was a first-hand witness to Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) on November 9-10, 1938, when the Nazis attacked Jewish-owned businesses and murdered dozens of Jews in Germany and Austria. He will talk about his experiences after the screening of a brief documentary film about the event.
Free and open to the public.  Flyer

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