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Genocide Awareness Month

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Alexus Campbell

It is officially Genocide Awareness Month. Students will be able to educate themselves about genocide on several days in the month of April. All of the following events are free of charge and open to Kean students as well as those who do not attend.

To kickoff the month, students will be able to attend a lecture by Dr. Dennis Klein on Monday, April 3, 2017. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the B'nai Israel Congregation in Millburn, N.J. The topic will be "Can American Jews Flourish Without a Crisis?" which would be second in his series of "The New Normal in the Jewish World." 

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, a graduate thesis forum for Emerging Research in Holocaust and Genocide Studies will commence at 4:30 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be sold. It will take place at the Human Rights Institute in room 201. 

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, students will have the opportunity to enjoy a film documentary with director and producer Tim Slade. He will be presenting his film "The Destruction of Memory: The War Against Culture and The Battle To Save It" from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will happen at Kean Hall room 127. Refreshments will be served.

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, there will be a graduate Research Days panel from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in New Jersey Center of Science, Technology and Math (STEM building) room 306. The topic will be "Are Millennials Concerned About Genocide?" It will feature Dr. Esposito, Dr. Klein and other graduate faculty. 

From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, students will have the chance to hear presentations from two degree candidates with a Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. It will take place in STEM room 401. This will be a panel on "Rethinking Genocide Comparatively." For this hour event, students will discuss papers by Sarah Coykendall on "Museums of Conscience: RCC'S Holocaust Museum and Center for Religious Tolerance and Education" and John LeStrange on "A Comprehensive Analysis of How Governments Use Words to Inspire Genocide." 

Meet up with Fred Heyman on Thursday, April 27, 2017 for A Conversation with a Witness to Kristallnacht. It will begin at 3 p.m. and run until 4:30 p.m. in Human Rights Institute room 201. Refreshments will be served. 

For students considering a master's program at Kean University in the Holocaust and Genocide field, on the evening of Thursday, April 20, 2017, the chance has come to ask questions and receive answers at the Informational Session on the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. It will occur in Kean Hall room 130 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

To end the day and conclude the month of Genocide Awareness Month, a lecture by David Rieff called "In Praise of Forgetting" will take place in Kean Hall room 127. Join Rieff from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. as refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program here at Kean, email Dennis Klein at 

about the author

Alexus Campbell is a freshman majoring in communication with a concentration in journalism. She is a Staff Writer at The Cougar's Byte. She aspires to be a copy editor and/or an event consultant. Aside from working towards her dream, she enjoys cheerleading, doing yoga, blogging and singing her heart out in her car.