With Intent to Destroy: Genocide and Mass Violence

A Teacher's Seminar on May 17 at MCCC

4-28-05


Teachers of all grade levels are invited to a free seminar "With Intent to Destroy: Genocide and Mass Violence" on May 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mercer County Community College's Conference Center, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ. Register at holocaus@doe.state.nj.us.

This all-day seminar will focus on genocides and other crimes of mass violence. It will be a powerful encounter with death and life as experienced by millions within the last 100 years.

Oceans of blood have been spilled during the genocides and mass deaths of the 20th century. Armenians, Native Americans, Jews and other victims of the Holocaust, Cambodians, Tutsis, Darfurians and others share the tragic distinction of having been targeted for systematic annihilation.

The crime of genocide may itself be incomprehensible, but educators have the crucial task of demystifying the steps that lead a society down the road to mass killing. Understanding is the first step in prevention.

The program will include small roundtable discussion groups with survivors; collective panel discussion and interview with survivors; a keynote address, "Why Did They Kill?" by Alex Hinton of Rutgers University; workshops by nationally known specialists on specific genocides.

Registration is free and includes handout materials. Bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks will be provided. For teachers, five professional development hours are available.

The seminar is sponsored by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center and the Mercer County Education Association.

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