Holocaust Center Sponsors Lecture by Howard Adelman on "Virtue and Evil: Genocide in Rwanda" May 20

4-27-04

In commemoration of the tenth year since the Rwandan genocide, Howard Adelman, professor of philosophy at the Center on Refugee Studies of York University and visiting fellow at Princeton University's Institute for International and Regional Studies, will lecture on "Virtue and Evil: Genocide in Rwanda." The talk will take place at Mercer County Community College on Thursday, May 20, at 5 p.m. in the college's Communications Building, Room 110, on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The lecture is sponsored by the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center, which is housed at the college library.

Adelman is the founder and director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. His large body of publications includes writings on refugees, the Middle East, humanitarian intervention, membership rights, ethics, early warning and conflict management. He co-edited "The Path of a Genocide: The Rwanda Crisis from Uganda to Zaire" and "Humanitarian Intervention in Zaire/Congo."

In his paper "Genocidists and Saviours in Rwanda," Adelman wrote "In 1994, between 6 April and mid July -- a period of 99 days of mayhem -- approximately 500,000 to 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu were slaughtered in Rwanda in a systematically planned genocide… Like the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews, the genocide was a highly organized and centrally directed one."

The Rwanda genocide took place in three months and is "the only genocide since the Holocaust that had occurred on such a scale," Adelman said. "Largely executed with machetes, it was a low-tech affair, not a highly industrialized operation. Further, there was plenty of information in advance that the genocide was being planned."

For further information about the lecture call Rosanne Zarrilli at 609-586-4800 ext. 3608.

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