GENEVA, NY-The Ku Klux Klan, Nazis, and the Greensboro Massacre will be discussed on the Hobart and William Smith campus as part of the Genocide in the 20th Century lecture series. Greensboro Massacre survivor Sally Avery Bermanzohn will lead the discussion at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in room 8 of Coxe Hall. The event is free and the public is invited. Earlier in the day, Bermanzohn will participate in a religious studies class “The Holocaust.”
Bermanzohn, an assistant professor in the political science department at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, researches race, gender, and violence, and their impact on politics in the United States. She is currently writing a book on the Ku Klux Klan and domestic terrorism for Lynne Reinner Publishers, and one titled The Greensboro Massacre: Through a Survivor's Eyes for Temple University Press. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School and University Center of City University of New York. She also holds a master of urban planning from Hunter College and a bachelor of arts with distinction in history from Duke University.
On November 3, 1979, five people who were gathered for an anti-Klan march and labor organizing conference in Greensboro, North Carolina's Black community, were killed by Ku Klux Klansmen and American Nazis. Bermanzohn, who was three months pregnant with her second child, was at the march with her husband, Paul Bermanzohn, who was shot in the head during the gunfire. Currently, he is the medical director of Queens Day Center, a day program for people with psychiatric disabilities. The Bermanzohns continue to fight racism and injustice as part of the Greensboro Justice Fund. The honorarium that Bermanzohn receives from this lecture will be given to the Greensboro Justice Fund, which aids the Southern movement for racial and economic justice.
In conjunction with the talk, the film “Invisible Revolution” a documentary of young people involved in the pro-white movement, as well as the counter-movement that demonstrates against Anti-Racist Action, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 26, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Viewers will become aware of the extreme danger that ARA members expose themselves to-in 1998 two members of ARA were murdered in the Las Vegas desert.
The Genocide in the 20th Century lecture series was initiated on the HWS campus in 1999 and has brought more than 20 speakers to campus. Michael Dobkowski, professor of religious studies at HWS and an expert in the Holocaust, has organized the series.
ABy sponsoring this genocide series, the Hobart and William Smith community hopes to improve understanding of all life-annihilation processes inherent in our modern world and to help participants learn more about the circumstances under which life-destruction processes tend to focus on specific groups in events known as genocide,” Dobkowski said.
The program is also supported in conjunction with the Hobart Student Association and the William Smith Congress.
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