4:30pm - 6:00pm
Fine Arts Building - FA 212
Based on personal experience and analysis on Burundi, the speaker will rely on major mechanisms of social identity which are frustration aggression, relative deprivation, collective axiology, chosen traumas and glories as well as threat to explain how Burundi may have been able to prevent mass atrocities and genocide from happening so far while in 1993 and before we witnessed a different trend. The speaker will close with some suggestions and some reasons for hope that he has for the future.

Dr. Sixte Vigny Nimuraba has a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He has also a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Ngozi in Burundi. Currently, he is the President of the Burundian Independent National Commission on Human Rights (CNIDH), a Visiting scholar and the Director of Violence Prevention Initiatives  at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He is teaching at the national university of Burundi and at two other private universities in Burundi. He taught online courses such as Engaging Youth in Violence Prevention taught at
George Mason University and Early Warning Systems and Atrocity Prevention at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. He worked for many organizations such as Ligue Iteka, Volontari Italiani Solidarietà Paesi Emergenti (VISPE), Care International, and Conseil National pour la Lutte contre le Sida. He worked as a United Nations consultant to evaluate the inter-Burundian dialogue. Vigny’s research focuses on understanding identity and identity shifts, particularly how these dynamics relate to genocide and the prevention of genocide.
4:30pm - 6:00pm
FA 212
Rachel Brown is the Executive Director of Project Over Zero and former CEO of Sisi ni Amani. She has extensively examined the effects of mobile phones and related technologies on political violence. Rachel moved to Kenya in 2010 to research the causes of the country’s frequently violent election process, revealing the extent to which cell phones were changing how violence was organized and how misinformation was spread. Local peacebuilders themselves were struggling to keep up, and needed their own tools to counteract the intensity and scope of these waves of violence that were being facilitated by technology. Sisi ni Amani was born as a result.
All Day
Binghamton University, 4400 Vestal Pkwy E, Binghamton, NY 13902, USA
We will be announcing the Call for Proposals in the Fall 2019 semester. Please save the dates, April 17 & 18, for our 3rd international conference on atrocity prevention at Binghamton University.