Announcing a new collaborative project
Modern Genocide: Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1992-1995:
We hope to expand this into a larger project of survivor testimonies, to include survivors of the Jim Crow South, Rwanda, and other survivors of genocidal violence.
Fall 2021 events will include:
"An unapologetic storyteller, fearless advocate for survivors of sexual assault and LGBTQ people of color, Andrea L. Pino-Silva is committed to bringing together grassroots organizing and radical storytelling to build intersectional and accessible social movements. With a background in movement building and digital communications, Andrea believes in the power of stories behind movements, and their unique power to mobilize “everyday activism.”
The daughter of Cuban refugees, Andrea attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a first generation college student, where she majored in Political Science and pursued research on the media framing of sexual violence, with a particular focus on LGBTQ and students of color. She is co-author of “We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out,” and co-founder of the national survivor advocacy organization End Rape on Campus, where she worked for over five years to support students in learning their rights under Title IX, and in changing their campus sexual assault and harassment policies.
Linda Beatrice Brown is the author of three novels and numerous poems, plays, short stories and essays. Her middle grade novel, Black Angels, is set during the Civil War. A retired professor of African American Literature, Linda graduated from Bennett College in 1961 where she took part in the sit-ins. Her book, Belles of Liberty, published in 2013, grew out of her life long decision to speak out for justice and equality and the participation of Bennett women.
March 2021: HGHR steering committee members John Cox and Amal Khoury, with long-time HGHR professor Dr. Sarah Minslow, are publishing a book on genocide-denial, based on our April 2019 conference.
Denial: the Final Stage of Genocide? will be published in late 2021 and includes contributions from well-established as well as emerging scholars.
Spring 2021 events
April 13, 2021, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Webinar / no registration required:
Transgender Necropolitics and the Contemporary Anti-Transgender Movement
Lecture & dialogue with Haley Brown
Haley Marie Brown is a transgender woman and a recent graduate of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies M.A. Program at Stockton University in New Jersey. In 2019, her pathbreaking research in examining the genocidal nature of transphobia and anti-trans violence was recognized as “offering the most important contribution to the study of gender and genocide in nearly two decades” by IAGS [the world’s leading genocide-studies association] President Henry Theriault.
The recent legislation in Arkansas and North Carolina are an existential threat to all transgender people in the United States. With a conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court, such legislation is designed with one specific intention: to get the Supreme Court to effectively legislate transgender people out of existence altogether.
Sponsored by UNCC’s Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies, the Women’s & Gender Studies Program, and the university’s LGBTQ+ Caucus
April 15, 2021, 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
Kurdish Women Making Revolution in Rojava (North and East Syria)
Events earlier this semester
February 25, 2021, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Hamlet, NC Fire of 1991: The Real Cost of “Cheap Labor”
Speakers include Bryant Simon, author of the award-winning 2017 book on the atrocity, and Ashaki Binta, long-time activist with Black Workers for Justice and other movements; she was active in advocating for justice for the victims and survivors in the aftermath of the tragedy.
January 26, 2021, 7:00pm, on Zoom:
“Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing"
including lists of Fall 2021 classes
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Here are some links to local organizations that are helping folks who are being hit the hardest during the COVID-19 crisis.
Updated on August 6 (2020): Loaves & Fishes is looking for a few more volunteers to deliver food.
From Time Out Youth, a great local organization that assists & empowers LGBTQ youth:
- To view Charlotte Pride's article how LGBTQ orgs in Charlotte are responding to COVID-19 click here.
- Charlotte Pride has also created a Facebook Group to connect community members.
- To view Equality NC's compiled list of resources available in North Carolina click here.
Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz
July 27, 1922 - November 17, 2019
Dr. Cernyak-Spatz speaking at UNCC on November 9, 2016. Photo: CDK GLOBAL
Our Center only exists because of Dr. Cernyak-Spatz's work, vision, and inspiration over the course of her many years at UNCC. She left us late last year after an extraordinary 97 years.
The family respectfully requests that donations be made in her memory to a fund established to sustain “German Studies 3650: The Holocaust through German Literature and Film,” a seminar Dr. Cernyak-Spatz created and taught for decades. How to give.
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