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Genocide and Human Rights University Program by the Zoryan Institute

As Mr. Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United
Nations, recently noted:

For nearly half a century — almost as long
as the United Nations has been in existence — the General Assembly has
recognized the need to establish…a court to prosecute and punish persons
responsible for crimes such as genocide. Many thought…that the horrors of the
Second World War — the camps, the cruelty, the exterminations, the Holocaust —
could never happen again. And yet they have. In

Cambodia, in
Bosnia and Herzegovina, in
Rwanda. Our time — this decade even — has shown us that man’s
capacity for evil knows no limits. Genocide…is now a word of our time, too, a
heinous reality that calls for a historic response.

As there is a continuing need for
understanding the phenomenon of genocide and a response to it, the International
Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of Zoryan Institute)
and the University of MinnesotaTwin Cities are offering the Summer 2004 Genocide
and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP) and are pleased to announce the
distinguished faculty who will be participating this year.

In addition to Roger Smith and Stephen Feinstein, Co-Directors of the course,
some of the instructors this year include Taner Akçam, Visiting Associate
Professor, Dept. of History, University of Minnesota; Joyce Apsel, Master
Teacher in the General Studies Program at New York University; Stephan Astourian,
Professor, Department of History, University of CaliforniaBerkeley; Major Brent
Beardsley, Research Officer at the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute and
former Personal Staff Officer to Major-General Roméo Dallaire, UN Assistance
Mission for Rwanda; Frank Chalk, Professor, Department of History, Concordia
University and Co-Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human
Rights Studies; Vahakn Dadrian, Director of Genocide Research, Zoryan Institute;
Richard Hovannisian, Armenian Educational Foundation Endowed Chair of Modern
Armenian History, University of CaliforniaLos Angeles; Jacques Kornberg,
Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Toronto; Eric Markusen,
Senior Research Fellow, Department for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Danish
Institute for International Studies; Gregory Stanton, Professor of Human Rights,
Mary Washington College, President of Genocide Watch and Director of the
Cambodian Genocide Project; and Eric Weitz, Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian
Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and Director of the Center for German and
European Studies,

University of
. With a few variations, the faculty at both programs,
July 5-16, 2004, and in
August 3-13, 2004, will be the same.

“This course has always been a unique opportunity for students to experience a
broad comparative perspective on genocide. We are very proud that among the
faculty we have not only some of the foremost scholars in their respective
fields, but also individuals who are active in international efforts to both
document and prevent genocide around the world,” stated Dr. Roger Smith.

The purpose of the program is to provide students with a framework for
understanding genocide and its effects. It explores the universality of the
issues related to genocide and takes a comparative approach for understanding
the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, the Cambodian Genocide, the Rwandan
Genocide, and more recent events with genocidal overtones. In addition, many
special themes are explored, such as the mass violation of human rights; women,
children and genocide; how to teach about genocide; issues of memorialization
and representation; and possibilities of dialogue and reconciliation between
perpetrator and victim groups.

Students wishing to participate in this unique program must have their
applications in by
May 15, 2004 for the
Minnesota program and by
May 31, 2004 for the
Toronto program. In order to maintain the seminar format in this high
demand course, the number of students is limited, so early application is
recommended. Limited scholarship assistance will be available.

For more information or to apply, contact the International Institute for
Genocide and Human Rights at (416) 250-9807,

, or by email at
admin@genocidestudies.org, or
contact Stephen Feinstein, Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies,
University of Minnesota, at (612) 626-2235, feins001@umn.edu

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