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International Workshop on Historical Dialogue & Mass Atrocity Prevention

General Programming

  • Institute for the Study of Human Rights
  • The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation

Memories of victimization and conflict are a primary cause of retaliation and vengeance. This conference will explore how history can also engage with conflict resolution processes and the work of mass atrocity prevention. Participants will explore topics including textbooks, museums, historical commissions, archives, collective memory and performative history. Speakers include: Elazar Barkan (Columbia University); Bonita Bennett (District 6 Museum, South Africa); Eugenia Carbone (Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation); Constantin Goschler (Ruhr-Universität Bochum); Francisco Gutiérrez (National University of Colombia); James Waller (Keene State University); and others.

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Friday, October 21st Location: Columbia University, Heyman Center for the Humanities
9:00am – 9:30am Introduction: Elazar Barkan (Columbia University, New York)
9:30am – 11:00am Panel Discussion 1: Textbooks and Curricular Reform Moderator: Constantin Goschler Karen Murphy (Facing History and Ourselves) Karina Korostelina (George Mason University) Michelle Bellino (University of Michigan)
11:00am – 11:15am Coffee Break
11:15am – 12:45pm Panel Discussion 2: Historical Commissions Moderator: Elazar Barkan Constantin Goschler (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) Christoph Cornelissen (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt) Francisco Gutiérrez (National University of Colombia)
12:45pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm Panel Discussion 3: Museums Moderator: Constantin Goschler Hans-Christian Jasch (House of the Wannsee Conference Memorial and Educational Site) Bonita Bennett (District 6 Museum) Yves Kamuronsi (Kigali Genocide Memorial)
3:30pm – 3:45pm Coffee Break
3:45pm – 5:00pm Panel Discussion 4: National Trauma in Memory Moderator: James Waller Eugenia Carbone (Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation) Sigall Horovitz (Hebrew University Jerusalem) James Waller (Keene State/Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation)

Saturday, October 22nd Location: Columbia University, International Affairs Building, 15th Floor, Room 1512
9:00am – 10:30am Panel Discussion 5: Inclusion of Historical Dialogue in Conflict Resolution Processes Moderator: Elazar Barkan Graeme Simpson (Interpeace USA/Columbia University, New York) Alexander Karn (Colgate University) Carrie Menkel-Meadow (University of California Irvine School of Law)
10:30am – 10:45am Coffee Break
10:45am – 12:15pm Panel Discussion 6: The Use of Archives for the Prevention of Mass Atrocities Moderator: Constantin Goschler Kirsten Weld (Harvard University) Ariella Lang (Columbia University, New York) 12:15am – 1:45pm Lunch 1:45pm – 3:15pm
Panel Discussion 7: Embodying the Past Moderator: James Waller Olivera Simic (Griffith University, Australia) Kerry Whigham (Rutgers University) Kaitlin McNally Murphy (University of Arizona)
3:15pm – 3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30 – 4:30 Closing: James Waller (Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, Keene State College, NH)