Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies

Lecture & dialogue with Noe Pliego Campus

Doctoral student at Notre Dame; former UNCC student


Feminist Activism in Mexico City since the 1970s


Tuesday October 18, 1:00 - 2:15, Fretwell 100

More Information: Emek Ergun (, John Cox (


Mexican women's patience snaps at Amlo's inaction on femicide | Global  development | The Guardian



Dialogue with Carl Wilkens

“Why I Stayed in Rwanda”

Thursday April 28, 2022

2:30 - 3:45pm

Rowe Hall, room 130


“So what would you do if, like Carl Wilkens, you were caught in the middle of a genocide?,” asked Nicholas Kristof in a New York Times profile of Wilkens.  “U.S. officials and church leaders ordered Mr. Wilkens to join an emergency evacuation of foreigners from Rwanda, and relatives and friends implored him to go. He refused.”

Carl Wilkens was the only American who chose to stay in Kigali, Rwanda throughout the 1994 genocide. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of agitated soldiers along with paramilitary units (Interahamwe) armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water, and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city.

For over a decade, Carl Wilkens has been sharing stories around the globe to inspire and equip people to “enter the world of The Other.” Each year he returns to Rwanda with students and educators to see for themselves how people are working together to rebuild their country and rebuild trust.



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Announcing a new collaborative project

Modern Genocide: Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1992-1995:

Voices of the Survivors


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.



October 2021: HGHR steering committee members John Cox and Amal Khoury, with long-time HGHR professor Dr. Sarah Minslow, have published a book on genocide-denial, based on our April 2019 conference

Denial: the Final Stage of Genocide? includes contributions from well-established as well as emerging scholars. 

More about the Center's research here


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: 

Dr. James E. Waller

“Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing"
Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Author of two of the most influential books in genocide studies published this century -- Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (2002) and Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide (2016) -- and, most recently, A Troubled Sleep: Risk and Resilience in Contemporary Northern Ireland (2020).
He serves on the board of the Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism, has served as editor-in-chief of Genocide Studies and Prevention, and is an honorary member of the International Expert Team of the Institute for Research of Genocide-Canada. Waller is also widely recognized for his work on intergroup relations and prejudice.  
Important report written by Dr. Waller in late October 2020: "The Escalating Risk of Mass Violence in the United States"
Co-sponsored by Appalachian State University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies and Queens University's Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice

Information about our Minor,

including lists of Fall 2021 classes