March 11, 2010

Holocaust Lecture Series Explores "Repercussions of Genocide: Family, Community and Society"

The long term repercussions of genocide are explored in the 27th annual Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series entitled "Repercussions of Genocide: Family, Community and Society" from 4-5:40 p.m., every Tuesday, through May 25 in Warren Auditorium.

This year the series includes a number of distinguished speakers from throughout the world, representing survivors of the Holocaust and other more recent genocides such as those of Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia and more.

The free series includes the screening of the film, "The Rape of Nanking," a feature-length documentary film about a young woman's journey to bring one of the darkest chapters of history to light. Following the March 30 film will be a discussion panel with community members.

Later in the series, Human Rights activist and Cambodian survivor, Arn Chorn-Pond tells the story of how he survived the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime, in his lecture "Child of War, Man of Peace" on April 20.

Among other lectures scheduled are "Inheriting the Holocaust: A Second Generation Memoir" on May 4 by Dr. Paula Fass of the University of California, Berkeley, in which she explores her own past as the daughter of Holocaust survivors to reflect on the nature of history and memory.

The Robert L. Harris Memorial Lecture on May 11 features Dr. John Roth of Claremont College discussing "Bricks, Trees, and the Failure(s) of Ethics: Reflections on the Common Good."

This powerful lecture series offers audience members a rare chance to listen to and interact with individuals who not only experienced genocide, but also the immeasurable loss that comes with it.

The series is greatly strengthened by the participation of Holocaust and genocide survivors, liberators and rescuers, as well as researchers in the field.

At the end of each lecture, audience members are given the opportunity to ask questions, and discuss with the speakers more in-depthly about what they experienced, and how they survived it.

Remaining lectures for Spring 2010 include:

March 16: "Perspectives on International War Crimes" presented by Eric Williams, Ph.D., Sonoma State University.

March 23: "Repercussions of Genocide: Rebuilding Rwandan Society" with Mathilde Mukantabana, M.A. and M.S.W., Consumnes Community College, and President, Friends of Rwanda Assn. (FORA)

March 30:
"The Rape of Nanking: Film and Discussion" with community panelists.

April 13: "Becoming Evil" with James Waller, Ph.D., Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.

April 20: "Child of War, Man of Peace" with Arn Chorn-Pond, Cambodian Survivor and Human Rights Activist.

April 27: "The Geopolitics of Armenian Genocide Recognition: American and Israeli Reactions" with Sergio LaPorta, Ph.D., CSU Fresno, Armenian Genocide Memorial Lecture.

May 4: "Inheriting the Holocaust: A Second Generation Memoir" with Paula Fess, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.

May 11: "Bricks, Trees, and the Failure(s) of Ethics: Reflections of the Common Good" with John K. Roth, Ph.D., Claremont College (Emeritus) - Robert L. Harris Memorial Lecture.

May 18: "Genocide Beneath Our Feet? with Greg Sarris, Ph.D., Endowed Professor, Sonoma State University and Chairman, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

May 25: "What Have We Learned?" Faculty/Student Panel

For further information, contact the Sonoma State University Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide at (707) 664-4296 or (707) 664-4076.

A complete schedule can be found at

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057