Hobart and William Smith Announces Additional Genocide Speakers
February 21, 2000 Geneva, NY – Cornel West, a professor of religion and African-American studies at Harvard University who has been described as one of America's most vital and eloquent public intellectuals, will participate in the “Genocide in the 20th Century” lecture series sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges. West will present a talk titled “Restoring Hope: Beyond Humanity's Dark Side” at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 10, in Albright Auditorium on the HWS campus. The event is free. The public is invited to attend.
West adds a new component to the lecture series that so far has brought experts to speak on specific genocides. West will ask those in attendance to think through the wider use of the term genocide. He will broaden the issue of genocide to include explorations of why Americans should care about this problem, the role of religion, and the theme of historical memory. West is the author of many groundbreaking books including Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin and the best-selling Race Matters. His recent publications include Restoring Hope, a compilation of interviews with African-American luminaries discussing hope and despair in Black America.
The genocide lecture series began on the HWS campus in the Fall, 1999. By sponsoring this series of lectures, films, art exhibits and more, 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.
“Estimates of the toll taken by purposeful violence against groups or group members are astonishing. It has almost certainly been the most violent century in human history,” said Michael Dobkowski, a genocide expert and a professor of religious studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges who has organized the series.
Other upcoming events in the HWS Genocide Series include:
• Loung Ung, the author of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of a Cambodian Remembers, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, in Albright Auditorium;
• A panel of scholars speaking on the situation with Native Americans in Upstate New York at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in Albright Auditorium;
• Henry Greenspan, clinical psychologist and playwright, will perform his play “Remnants” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8, in the Geneva Room;
• Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize winner and Boston University Professor who has worked on behalf of oppressed people for much of his adult life, will speak at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, at the Smith Opera House in Geneva.
• In addition, arrangements are also being made to have Reynaldo Mariqueo, of the International Affairs Coordinator for the Mapuche (natives of Chile) Inter-Regional Council, address the issue of human rights and the Mapuches' struggle for independence.