Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series Premieres Emmy-Winning 'Women of 1915'

holocaust and genocide poster 2017The 34th annual Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series at Sonoma State University presents the Bay Area premiere of the 2016 Regional Emmy Award-winning documentary "Women of 1915," which chronicles the plight of Armenian women during the Genocide and the non-Armenian women who came to their rescue, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m., in Warren Auditorium at Ives Hall, Sonoma State University. The screening includes a presentation by filmmaker Bared Maronian. This lecture is underwritten by the SSU Armenian Genocide Memorial Fund. Admission is free, parking is $5-$8 on campus.

The lecture series continues through May 9, with highlights including talks by Rabbi Michael Berenbaum, professor of Jewish studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and Dr. James Waller, the Cohen Endowed Chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College.


On March 28, Rabbi Michael Berenbaum speaks on the topic "Between History and Memory." Berenbaum is the Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust, and a professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He is the author of over 20 books, and executive editor of the second edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica. Berenbaum was also project director for the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the first director of its research institute. His work in film has won Emmy Awards and Academy Awards. Dr. Berenbaum's lecture is the annual Robert L. Harris Memorial Lecture and is underwritten by the Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, an SSU Academic Foundation Organization.


On April 4, professor James Waller, Ph.D., the Cohen Endowed Chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College and director of academic programs with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, speaks on the topic "Becoming Evil." Waller's books include "Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing," and "Confront Evil: Engaging out Responsibility to Prevent Genocide."


This year marks the first time the archive of the Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series is available on YouTube. Videos of lectures are currently available from as far back at 1987.


Below is the full schedule of the 34rd Annual Sonoma State University Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series, January 24-May 9, 2017. Lectures are Tuesdays 4-5:50 p.m. in Warren Auditorium at Ives Hall at Sonoma State University. Admission is free, parking on campus is $5-$8.


January 24
The Holocaust in Historical Perspective
Professor Stephen Bittner, Ph.D., Sonoma State University


January 31
The Concept of Genocide
Professor Emerita Myrna Goodman, Ph.D., Sonoma State University


February 7
American Genocide
Professor Benjamin Madley, Ph.D., UCLA


February 14
The Lillian Judd Story (Film)
Dennis Judd, Holocaust descendant


February 21
The Armenian Genocide
Professor Sergio La Porta, Ph.D., CSU Fresno Armenian Studies Program
Underwritten by the Armenian Genocide Memorial Fund


February 28
Women of 1915 (Film, Bay Area premiere)
Bared Maronian, filmmaker
Armenian Genocide Memorial Lecture, underwritten by the SSU Armenian Genocide Memorial Fund


March 7
A Survivor's Story
Hans Angress, Holocaust survivor
Inaugural Sylvia G. Sucher Memorial Lecture


March 14
Spring break (campus closed)


March 21
The Story of the Stolpersteine
Howard Shattner, Holocaust descendant


March 28
Between History and Memory
Professor Michael Berenbaum, Ph.D., American Jewish University
Robert L. Harris Memorial Lecture, underwritten by Pearl and David S. Furman in memory of Ruth Mruvka and Gussie and Edward Furman


April 4
Becoming Evil
Professor James Waller, Ph.D., Cohen Endowed Chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College
Underwritten by Arline Thomas and Myrna Goodman in memory of Lillian Judd


April 11
Rwanda: Memory and Recovery
Her Excellency Mathilde Mukantabana, Rwandan Ambassador to the United States; Simon Mudahogora, Rwandan Genocide survivor; and Ndahiro Bazimya, Rwandan Genocide descendant
Underwritten by Her Excellency Mathilde Mukantabana and Chiaya Rawlins


April 18
The Bosnian Genocide: Past, Present and Future
Irfan Mirza, Voices of the Bosnian Genocide


April 25
Climate Change, Border Regions and the Genocide Impulse
Professor Alex Alvarez, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University
Underwritten by Dennis Judd


May 2
The Cambodian Genocide
Lucia Roncalli, M.D.


May 9
Genocide in Syria
Professor David McCuan, Ph.D., Sonoma State University


A full schedule of the 2017 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series as well as contact information is also available at http://www.sonoma.edu/holocaust.

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