Geneva, NY — A series of student-organized events will be held on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus from Monday, May 3 until Thursday, May 6, which has been dedicated on campus as Genocide Awareness Week. The three goals of the week’s events are to teach about cases of genocide; to honor the groups of people who were tormented, raped, and murdered because of their color, religion, nationality, or sexual preferences; and to prevent more cases of genocide in the future.
The main event will be a lecture presented by Ward Churchill, a professor of ethnic studies and communications at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who will give a speech titled “A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas” at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 3, in Albright Auditorium. Since 1985, Churchill has given more than 400 public addresses at locations ranging from political rallies to academic conferences to the United Nations. He has authored, co-authored, edited, and published 13 books, which have primarily discussed the genocide of Native Americans. He is currently working on a book Perversions o f Justice: Reflections on Federal Indian Law and Policy, which is expected to be released this year by City Lights.
Other Genocide Week events include: The movie The Killing Fields, which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, in the Geneva Room; a faculty panel with Richard Salter, instructor of religious studies, Virginia Tilley, assistant professor of political science, A’Lelia Henry, assistant professor of political science, and Steven Lee, professor of philosophy, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, in Albright Auditorium; and six student presentations, which will be given at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, in the Geneva Room. The students and their presentations will be “Armenian Genocide 1915 – 1919” by Stephanie Hansel; “Greek Genocide, 1922” by Evangelos Limpantoudis; “The Holocaust” by Elaine Gonzalez; “Pakistan” by Mozammel Kabir; “Genocide in Rwanda” by Nick Pilgrim; and “Genocide in Kosovo” by Keit Spahiu.