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Center for Holocaust & Genocide Education Guest Lecturer: Ellen J. Kennedy

Ellen J. Kennedy will present “Burma: Democracy or Genocide?" This is the story of Burmese activist Ang San Suu Kyi, whose life
encompasses Burma’s political and ethnic turmoil, including her father’s assassination; the targeting of the Rohinga, Karen and Karenni people; and the powerful pro-democracy movement. Kennedy is the founder and executive director of World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. She is a winner of the Anne Frank Center’s Outstanding Citizen Award.

This presentation is in conjunction with the "Tents of Witness" exhibit at various places across campus during the week of March 11.  These events are organized and sponsored by UNI-STAND and the UNi Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

Tents of Witness Exhibit

"Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict," created by World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law (St. Paul, MN), will feature six tents, each featuring the story of a different genocide or other mass atrocity crime: American Indians, Argentina, Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur and Rwanda. This exhibit, which will be on view at three different locations across campus, is free and open to the public.

One Million Bones Project

The One Million Bones Project is a large-scale social arts practice that uses education and hands-on artmaking to raise awareness of recent and on-going genocides and atrocities around the world. The goal is to collect artwork bones made by students and other citizens for a collaborative installation of 1,000,000 bones on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in June 2013. This installation will serve as a collaborative site of conscience to remember victims and survivors, and as a petition to raise awareness of the issue and call upon our government to take much needed action. The visit of the One Million Bones Project is organized by UNI-STAND and the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

"White Rose:" A Traveling Exhibit

The UNI Center for Holocasut and Genocide Education and the Grout Museum District present a traveling exhibit from the White Rose Foundation in Munich. This exhibit focuses on the most famous non-violent student resistance movement during the Nazi era. In 1942-1943, a small group of students and a professor in Munich distributed leaflets calling for the overthrow of Hitler and his government. The efforts of their group, which they called the White Rose, have left an enduring legacy for today’s generations of Germans, who consistently place the members of the White Rose among the Germans whom they most admire.

On Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. in the Jean and Clair Parker Theater in the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum (Grout Museum District), there will be a free screening of "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days," a 2005 dramatization of the capture and trials of Sophie Scholl and other members of the White Rose. 

For more information, contact the Grout Museum District at (319) 234-6357 or www.groutmuseumdistrict.org or visit the Grout Museum District on Facebook.

Final Thursday Reading Series

Jeffrey S. Copeland, Department of Languages & Literatures, will read from his most recent book, Shell Games. Set against a backdrop of murder, intrigue and industrial labor conflict in the early 20th century pearl button industry, Shell Games graphically portrays one of the most important battles in the fight for safe and humane working conditions. Open mic signup is a 7 p.m.; open mic begins at 7:15 p.m. Bring your best five minutes of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction to share.  Singer/songwriters are also welcome and can make use of the Hearst’s grand piano. Copeland will take the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a brief Q&A as time permits.

CHGE Faculty Book Reading Group

The UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education's Faculty Book Reading Group will meet to discuss David Livingstone Smith's Less Than Human:  Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others (2012).  Winner of the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction, Less Than Human" draws on a rich mix of history, evolutionary psychology, biology, anthropology and philosophy to document the pervasiveness of dehumanization, describe its forms and explain why we so often resort to it."

Reaching for Higher Ground event: Critical Conversations: Voices of the Cedar Valley

As part of Reaching for Higher Ground events “Critical Conversations: Voices of the Cedar Valley” will showcase the work of students in teacher Mirsa Rudic’s 6th grade class for English Language Learners at Carver Academy in Waterloo. These students, as a part of a service-learning partnership with a Wartburg College course, participated in a PhotoVoice project where they took photos and wrote about their conceptions of the American Dream. The event will include a panel of speakers following the showcased photography that will promote rich dialogue about the hopes, dreams, and needs of English Language Learners in our community. The overall goal of the forum is to address the implications the students' stories have for practice, research, and policy change in the local, state, and national educational arena.

Final Thursday Reading Series: Scott Cawelti

The Final Thursday Reading Series features Scott Cawelti reading from his book, Brother’s Blood: A Heartland Cain and Abel. Cawelti delves into the untold story of the 1975 Mark family murders, which occurred in rural Cedar Falls. 

This series provides a forum where local writers can share their own work at an open mic. Attendees are invited to share their best five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The open mic begins at 7 p.m. and the featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m. There is a short question and answer period as time allows. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. 

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