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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education

March 15, 2011 (Volume 1, Issue 2)

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 Volume 1  •  Issue 2  •  March 15, 2011



Presentation on the Congo
Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Curris Business Building 109, UNI
Claude Gatebuke and Kambale Musavuli, from the Washington-based organization Friends of the Congo, will make a presentation, "Congo and the Great Lakes Region of Africa: A Global Appeal for Justice," on ways to bring about positive and lasting change in the heart of Africa. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by UNI-STAND.

Films on Sexual Violence in the Congo
Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m.
Seerley Hall 115, UNI
Screening of two highly-acclaimed documentary films on sexual violence as a tool of war in Congo: "Fighting the Silence: Sexual Violence Against Women in Congo," and "Weapon of War: Confessions of Rape in Congo." This event is co-sponsored by UNI-STAND.

Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education Lecture
Monday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall, UNI
"An Evening with Madame F." performance/lecture by Claudia Stevens. This event is free and open to the public.

Teaching About the Holocaust and the Iowa Core Curriculum
Wednesday, June 15, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Innovative Teaching and Technology Center, UNI
Workshop funded and led by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for Iowa teachers of social studies. 


A curriculum package developed by students and educators from Chicago's Northside College Prep High School to assist educators in teaching about the Cambodian genocide is available on the Cambodian Association of Illinois website. Go to Student/Teacher Resources to download the Cambodian Genocide Curriculum.

Educators interested in teaching about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II can find lesson plans and other ideas in two sources that emphasize learning through primary documents: a set of documents from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and an interactive lesson plan, aimed at Grades 7-8, from the Wisconsin Historical Society.


"Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale" Conveys Lessons for All Ages
An Armenian folktale retold by Armenian American writer, Lucine Kasbarian, and illustrated by Moscow-based artist, Maria Zaikina, debuts with Marshall Cavendish Children's Publishers in April 2011. The Greedy Sparrow is the first time this tale has been presented in the English language as a children's picture book. Read more...

Khmer Rouge Victims in U.S. to Get Their Day in Court
Many Cambodians have lived the lives of ghosts in Silicon Valley, not seen or heard from much, quietly tormented every day and every night with unbearable memories of the genocide that wiped out entire families. Now, finally, some of them will have their day in international court. Read more...

In Unprecedented Decision, Congo Sentences Military Officer for Ordering Rape
A landmark verdict was handed down in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For the first time in the nation’s history, a commanding officer was tried and sentenced for conflict-related sexual violence. Lt. Col. Kibibi Mutware was convicted on four counts of crimes against humanity in a mobile court held in the village of Baraka in the volatile eastern region. Read more...

Controversial American Professor Srdja Trifkovic Denied Entry to Canada
A guest lecture was cancelled Thursday after Srdja Trifkovic was denied entry into Canada. Trifkovic, known for his contentious views on Islam and the Bosnian Genocide, was reported to have been detained for five hours at Vancouver International Airport before he was sent back to the U.S. Read more...

The Hidden Victims of Wartime Rape
Lara Stemple (Health and Human Rights Law Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law) argues that in its ongoing effort to eradicate rape during conflict, the United Nations continues to overlook a significant imperative: ending wartime sexual assault of men and boys as well. Read more...

U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Outlines the Responsibility to Protect
In a lecture at Standord Law School, Edward Luck, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, discussed the current crisis in Libya from the perspective of the UN's "responsibility to protect," which gives the Security Council the right to take action when it is clear that genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity are committed in a country. Read more...

International Criminal Court Will Investigate Libya
Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, has said he will investigate Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his sons and senior aides for crimes against humanity. Read more...

Hollywood’s Latest Holocaust Project Splits Survivors' Heirs
A new film in development by Sony Pictures that may star Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock will tell a suspenseful story about insurance companies and the Holocaust, an epic battle that led to one of the largest programs of Holocaust restitution. However, the members of the family at the center of the film's story are now at war with each other as a result of the proposed film. Read more...

Stuttgart Court Orders War Crimes Trial for Two Rwandan Hutu Leaders
Two Hutu rebel leaders from Rwanda are to stand trial in Germany for war crimes and crimes against humanity in May. Ignace Murwanashyaka, 47, and Straton Musoni, 49, are both charged with 26 counts of crimes against humanity and 39 counts of war crimes. Read more...

A Connecticut Educator's Appeal for Holocaust Education
Joe Olzacki, director of performing and visual arts in Bloomfield (CT) schools, will testify at a public hearing before the legislature's education committee in support of a bill that would require Connecticut high schools to teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides. Only five states--California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and New York--mandate that schools provide genocide education. Read more...


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