Past Events

Boca Raton, Florida

Join the South Florida community in commemoration of the Museum’s 25th Anniversary, where we will hear from Benjamin B. Ferencz, the last living prosecutor from the Nuremburg trials. He will speak about his lifelong pursuit of "law not war" and discuss the Ferencz International Justice Initiative he has established at the Museum. The event will be emceed by Rick Folbaum, anchor of CBS4 Miami's evening newscasts, who has previously interviewed Mr. Ferencz. At this milestone event, join Chair Julie Peyton Stein in honoring all previous South Florida Luncheon Chairs.

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U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C.

Organized By : United States Institute of Peace

In 2017, a half-million Rohingya fled attacks on their homes in Burma. Eight million face starvation amid Yemen’s war. Atrocities against civilians continue in Syria, South Sudan and elsewhere. What lessons did we learn from the Holocaust – if any? And how can we strengthen norms and institutions to prevent future atrocities more effectively? Join USIP on January 30 for a discussion on the state of atrocity prevention with leading experts, including GAAMAC Chair Ms. Mǒ Bleeker.

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Southwest Washington, D.C.

Organized By : United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

“A memorial unresponsive to the future would violate the memory of the past,” wrote Museum Founding Chairman Elie Wiesel. Since its creation 25 years ago, the Museum has sought to be a voice for the victims of genocide today that the Jews of Europe did not have in the 1930s and ’40s. Join us to learn more about this critical aspect of the Museum’s mission and its recent work to bring attention to the plight of victims fleeing atrocities committed by ISIS in northern Iraq and the Assad regime in Syria.

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Cincinnati, Ohio

Zahava was born in Poland in 1941. As a young child, she survived WWII hiding in an underground bunker, living with an unknown Polish woman under a false identity and later being placed in a convent. After the war, she was reunited with her parents. Come hear Zahava’s remarkable story.

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New York, USA

In considering the politics and policies of commemorating the past, this conference probes how public discourses about memory change over time. Papers that explore how the past is known, interpreted, conceptualized, or articulated, and how such representations evolve with the passage of time, are welcome. How has the passage of time changed the way memories of historical violence, atrocity and genocide are represented in the public sphere? In what ways do political, social and cultural forces influence, appropriate, or stifle these memories in different ways as the original event recedes into the more distant past? Related topics include the globalization of memory, and with it the increasing popularity of commemorative memorial practices. The proliferation of museums and memorials, the increase in confessional or memorial literature, and the surge of memory laws against Holocaust and genocide denial are some examples of the historical, cultural and legal phenomena that speak to questions of how individuals and communities remember. These modes of ‘making the past present’ speak not only to the passage of time and the forces of multidirectional memory, but also to the ways in which communities understand issues of justice and accountability, memory and amnesia, prevention and the culture of ‘never again’. This conference thus seeks papers that explore the ways in which communities negotiate narrativization of the past over time, and what the implications of such changes in public discourses of memory suggest in terms of present and future political realities, conflict transformation and atrocity prevention, and the role that history itself has in shaping or re-shaping the ways in which individuals and groups relate to the past and future.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 15, 2017. Please note that there is a specific call for a panel on Genocide Prevention for which travel grants may be available. Please e-mail your submission as a single document to Click here to read the full call for papers.

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