West Windsor, N.J. – The Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center, located at Mercer County Community College, will host two special events in October, beginning with Dr. Nuran Nabi, a life-long community rights activist and freedom fighter, who will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m.
In his talk, Dr. Nabi will discuss his experiences living through the tumultuous era of the Bangladesh liberation movement and the liberation war of 1971. During the war three million people were killed, thousands of women raped, and ten million became refugees. Dr. Nabi will discuss his journey into a politically conscious student activist, and then a heroic freedom fighter in the Bangladesh Liberation War. He will also discuss his book, “Bullets of ’71: A Freedom Fighter’s Story,” which illustrates how the selfish decisions of a few world leaders led to millions of crimes perpetrated against humanity.
This presentation is relevant to the students and teachers of History, Social Studies, Human Rights and International Relations. For more on Dr. Nabi, visit www.nurannabi.com.
The second event, a workshop entitled, “OUCH! Your Silence Hurts,” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center. This will be the first of three workshops held by the Center.
The workshop asks the question: Do you ever stand by silently when you feel you should speak up? Many people say they want to speak up when they see others stereotyped, disrespected, or demeaned, but they stand by silently because of discomfort or fear of saying the wrong thing. That silence hurts because it allows the disrespectful behavior to continue. This workshop will challenge participants to consider how to respond the next time they are treated with disrespect or witness disrespectful behaviors towards others. It will explore the power of the bystander to make a difference and inspire them to use their voice as active allies.
Participation in the workshop is limited and registration is necessary.
More information is available by calling 609-570-3355. The Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center is located on Mercer’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, on the second floor of the Library building. For more information, visit the Center's website.