I-GMAP at the 2019 Symposium for Alumni of the Raphael Lemkin Seminars
Co-director Max Pensky and assistant director Stephen Capobianco attend the 2019 Symposium for Alumni of the Raphael Lemkin Seminars in Paris, France. The symposium was hosted by the Auschwitz Institute, the Stanley Center for Peace and Security and the George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention. Post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Kerry Whigham also presented a refresher seminar for the participants at the symposium.
Public Talk with Practitioner-in-Residence Rachel Brown, Exec. Dir. of Project Over Zero: "The Weaponization & Preventative Potential for Communication in Atrocity Prevention"
On November 7, Rachel Brown is the Executive Director of Project Over Zero and former CEO of Sisi ni Amani. In her very interactive public lecture, Brown discussed her interests in helping local peacebuilders mainstream their message. She discussed some of the tools that her organization provided in Kenya, like phone message threads that are designed to become viral and to counter messages of political violence. Rachel also stressed the importance of harnessing local nodes in the dissemination of “positive” information. These nodes can be the neighborhood kiosk or the neighborhood bakery.
Co-director Nadia Rubaii and Assistant Director Stephen Capobianco attended the 10th Focal Points Meeting of the Latin American Network for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Co-director Nadia Rubaii and assistant director Stephen Capobianco traveled to Asunción, Paraguay for the 10th Focal Points meeting of the Latin American Network for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. Co-director Rubaii presented a report at the meeting based on a survey of member countries regarding their policies and programs to protect indigenous rights. Assistant director Capobianco met with the members of the network to begin the transition process of the National Mechanisms Project from AIPR to Binghamton University.
Public Talk with Practioner-In-Residence Braema Mathi, Global Fellow at the Keene State College-Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation: “the Landscape of Human Rights in Southeast Asia.
Braema Mathi (Mathiaparanam) is currently the Global Fellow at the Keene State College-Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. She is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Penang Institute in Malaysia.
On October 17, Mathi held a public lecture in the Fine Arts Building. She chartered the current state of human rights abuses in Southeast Asia by tracing them back to colonial history and to enduring ethnic conflicts in the region. She also spoke about the difficulties faced by human rights advocates in Southeast Asia who have to face the strict “no intervention” policies of the foundational ASEAN treaties. Finally, Mathi asserted the existence of quiet diplomatic negotiations the effectiveness of which remains to be assessed.
Public Talk with Practioner-in-Residence Dr. Sixte Vigny Nimuraba, President of the
Burundian Independent National Commission on Human Rights
Dr. Sixte Vigny Nimuraba is the President of the Burundian Independent National Commission on Human Rights (CNIDH) and the Director of Violence Prevention Initiatives at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the George Mason University.
On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Dr. Nimuraba presented to the Binghamton University community. He spoke about the underlying causes of identity-based mass atrocities, such as those experienced in Burundi in the early 1990s. After identifying these causes, he described the philosophy behind some of the CNIDH-led prevention initiatives. Dr. Nimuraba focused mostly on his institution's work with youth in different parts of the country. He particularly highlighted the role of guided dialogue strategically incorporated within volunteering work.
Public Talk: The Missing Pages: the Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice- Presented by: Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh (Professor of Art History at the University of California, Davis)
On September 9th, I-GMAP co-sponsored this public talk which was hosted by the Middle
East and North Africa Studies Program at the Binghamton University Art Museum. Professor
Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh's lecture draws from her recent book about the Zey'tun
Gospels. art history, histories of genocide, cultural heritage, and the questions
of how the continuity of the medieval and the modern intersect in the biography of
this medieval Armenian Gospels manuscript. The audience was very much interested in
the politics of “provenance” in US museums and the similarities and differences between
the Holocaust and Armenian genocides when it comes to the question of restitution.
Watenpaugh is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Davis and researches the visual cultures of the Middle East, including issues of architectural preservation, museums, and cultural heritage. She is also the author of The Image of an Ottoman City: Imperial Architecture and Urban Experience in Aleppo in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, which received the Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians in 2006.
Public Lecture, Reception, and Book Signing: A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States." Presented by:Eric Weitz '74 (Distinguished Professor of History at City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York)
I-GMAP sponsored, on September 12, this public talk which was hosted at the Alumni
Benet Lounge at Old O’Connor. The public talk was followed by a reception and a book
signing facilitated by the University Bookstore. In this lecture,which is based on
his new book World Divided, Eric Weitz traced the connection between the nation-state,
human rights, and mass atrocities in Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
Eric D. Weitz graduated from Binghamton University in 1974. He is Distinguished Professor of History at City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His books include, Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy, A Century of Genocide, and Creating German Communism (all published by Princeton University Press). He lectures widely in public and academic settings on the histories of genocide and human rights and on Weimar Germany.
Eric Schwartz '79, LLD '14, President of Refugees International, joins I-GMAP's External
On September 18th, Mr. Schwartz gave the 3rd Annual John & Lawrence Bonzani Memorial
Law Lecture about state responsibility towards refugees based on his experience as
former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration
and his three-decade career in human rights issues. He answered questions about the
different programs of refugee resettlement, advocacy in an antagonistic political
environment, and his role as the president of Refugees International.
Following the John & Lawrence Bonzani Memorial Law Lecture, Eric Schwartz '79 became the newest member on I-GMAP’s External Advisory Board.
Just prior to arriving at Refugees International, Eric served a six-year term as Dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. During much of that period, he also served on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and, ultimately, as the Commission’s vice chair. He holds a law degree from New York University School of Law, a Master of Public Affairs degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Public Talk: Breaking Stereotypes, Breaking Boundaries: Life stories of Muslim Feminists from Myanmar- Presented by Myanmar Feminist Women
I-GMAP and the Kaschak Institute for Social Justice for Women and Girls hosted this event, on September 24, which was attended by students and members of the community. The event was very interactive as the feminist activists shared their stories of resistance against gender and sexuality stereotypes in Myanmar and answered questions from the audience about the history and culture of their country.
Assistant director Stephen Capobianco awarded a Fulbright Specialist Project in Colombia
Our assistant director Stephen Capobianco completed a Fulbright Specialist project at one of I-GMAP's partner institutions, Corporación Universitaria del Caribe (CECAR) in Sincelejo Colombia. Capobianco spent a little over two weeks in Sincelejo and completed a project on "Promoción de la Igualdad Social y la inclusión en las políticas públicas" (Promotion of Social Equality and Inclusion in Public Policies) with colleagues at CECAR. In addition to participating in a Fulbright Forum on Diálogos sobre los Desafíos y Logros del Movimiento LGTBI (Dialogues on the Challenges and Achievements of the LGBTI Movement) and keynote speaker at the XI Cátedra de Integración Latinoamericana y Caribeña, Capobianco spoke to several classes across the university and joined in field visits to communities working with CECAR's Proyección Social (Social Projection) and El Centro de orientación Socio Jurídica a Víctimas del Conflicto Armado (Center of Social-Judicial Orientation for Victims of the Armed Conflict). CECAR published a short piece on his trip.
I-GMAP in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
In July, four staff members at I-GMAP traveled to Phnom Penh for the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) 2019 conference. Binghamton University was well represented at the conference with several panels including our faculty, staff and affiliated students.
Through a generous donation by Susan Bloom '80 and Steven Bloom '78, LHD '10, we are excited to announce the first cohort of awardees for the Bloom Family Summer Internship in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention! In this inaugural year, we have been able to support four students to participate in summer internships in a variety of fields but all with a focus on atrocity prevention. The four awardees represent the breadth of excellence of our GMAP minors and they will be working all over the world from right here in Binghamton to Ukraine and Armenia, Russia and Ireland! Read more about their experiences on the Current & Past Receipents part of our website.
As we wrapped up the 2018-2019 academic year, we completed our second year of Practitioners-in-Residence Program with acclaimed Holocaust educator, Binghamton University alumnus, and I-GMAP Practitioner-in-Residence Steven Luckert ’80, PhD ’93. Luckert offered a public talk on “Holocaust and Genocide Museums in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities”.
Check out the Binghamton University Press Release: https://www.binghamton.edu/news/story/1808/binghamton-university-to-mark-holocaust-remembrance-day
Read more about his talk on the BU Pipe Dream article: https://www.bupipedream.com/news/107176/holocaust-remembrance-day-event-confronts-disappearing-artifacts-survivors/
Local news also came to cover the event: http://www.wicz.com/story/40410499/binghamton-university-host-presentation-for-holocaust-remembrance-day
April has been a very busy month at the Institute.
We started the month out with our Practitioner-in-Residence Joseph Sebarenzi who was on campus April 1-3. He held a public presentation entitled, "A Personal Journey to Forgiveness: Emerging from the Rwandan Genocide with a Positive Psychological Perspective" to a completely packed Admissions Center auditorium.
On April 5 and 6, we hosted over 100 guests from 6 different continents for our second annual conference, Frontiers of Prevention II.
We hosted two Practitioners-in-Residence immediately following the conference. Dr. Clara Ramírez-Barat, Director of the Educational Policies Program at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, was here April 8-12 along with our other Practitioner-in-Residence of the week, Brazil's Deputy Federal Ombudsman Marlon Weichert.
We finished out the month with our inaugural Atrocity Intervention Simulation Exercise at the University Downtown Center with 50 participants from the Binghamton University community and several outside experts. For more information, please consult the Simulation website.
We concluded the month of March with our Practitioner-in-Residence, Savita Pawnday, deputy executive director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P). Pawnday visited classes, spoke with campus leadership, consulted with our facutly in the Curriculum Development Program (consult the Curriculum Development Award page for more information) and held a public talk on R2P: Theory, Practice and Implementation.
I-GMAP Practitioner-in-Residence Tamara Reps Freeman holds recital/lecture on Holocaust Songs of Hope and Spiritual Resistance
On March 7th at the Binghamton University Art Museum, Dr. Tamara Reps Freeman presented her recital/lecture titled Holocaust Songs of Hope and Spiritual Resistance: The Music and Stories of Ghetto and Lagern Prisoners. Through musical pieces preserved by survivors and their composer's personal stories, Dr. Freeman's engaging recital recounts events and life of prisoners in ghettos and concentration camps during the World War II.
Pictured here alongside I-GMAP Assistant Director Stephen Capobianco (left), Dr. Freeman (right) played her 1935 Joseph Bausch viola, which was rescued from the holocaust. With her recital and a special musical piece composed by Dr. Freeman herself, she also honored the original owner of her viola, a women for whom the instrument was specially tailored, and who also perished in the holocaust.
During her visit as I-GMAP Practitioner-in-Residence between March 4th and 8th, Dr. Freeman also met with students, faculty, administrators and Binghamton community in numerous events. In this photo Dr. Freeman (left) is accompanied by history professor and I-GMAP faculty Heather D. DeHaan (right). Dr. Freeman's expertise using music to advance both education on holocaust history and genocide prevention, and specifically her Kindergarten through twelve grade (K-to-12) curriculum to do so, was a key component of her engagement during her visit. Two examples of this were her talks titled 1.Encouraging Racial Respect Through Holocaust Music, and 2. Hearing Holocaust Music Through Empathic Hearts: Relating to the Other Through Personal Live Experiences.
On February 22, we screened the documentary, Sky and Ground and welcomed the film's co-director Talya Tibbon to Binghamton University to introduce the film and answer the audience's questions after the screening. Sky and Ground tells the compelling story of the Nabi family as they make their way from their home in Aleppo to Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border, and from there attempt to travel across thre countries, largely on foot, to the relative safety of Berlin. Embedded with the extended family through their journey, film maker Talya Tibbon and one cameraman document their family's story of displacement, perserverance, and survival.
Assistant Director Stephen Capobianco '11, MPA '12 (fourth from the left) is pictured here with (left to right) Jacqueline Murekatete, human rights activist and Rwandan genocide survivor; Jennifer Lemberg, The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights; Michael Elkin, COO, The Conference on Jewish Claims Against Germany; Owen Pell '80, LLD '11, president, Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.
On Friday, Feb. 8, Capobianco represented I-GMAP at the Congregation Kol Ami's monthly Synaplex Shabbat Event in White Plains, N.Y. The event organized by Jess Lorden '83 is titled "Never Again? Preventing Genocide." In addition to speaking on the panel, Capobianco led a breakout dialogue session. I-GMAP's breakout focused on how atrocity prevention can and should be part of the curriculum across all disciplines.
Co-Director Nadia Rubaii is pictured here with Cathalina Sánchez Escobar, Director of the Museo Casa de Memoria (House of Memory Museum) in Medellín, Colombia. On January 30, 2019, as part of a broader visit to Medellín, Colombia, Professor Rubaii toured the Museum and met with Director Sánchez Escobar. The timing of the meeting was perfect as Director Sánchez Escobar, who has a PhD in Law with an emphasis in Human Rights and Legal History, started her new position at the Museum only days before and is eager to expand the activities of the museum. The two discussed opportunities for field placements at the Museum for GMAP master's degree students, and the opportunity for scholars to access the extensive archival resources related to the Colombian conflict in the region of Antioquia stored at the Museum.
IGMAP in Dominican Republic with the Latin American Network for the Prevention of Genocide Mass Atrocities
Nadia Rubaii, Co-Director of the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (IGMAP) and Professor of Public Administration, is currently attending the annual meeting of the Latin American Network for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities.
The meeting, sponsored by the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor for Genocide Prevention and the Stanley Foundation, was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic. Professor Rubaii was invited to present the preliminary results of her research conducted in collaboration with the Network to document policies and practices of countries in Latin America to protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples. She is pictured presenting her research to the Focal Points of the Network and in a group photo of the participants.
I-GMAP Co-Director Nadia Rubaii in Bolivia at a Seminar on GMAP and Protection of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America
On October 25-26, 2018, I-GMAP Co-Director Nadia Rubaii was one of the
instructors at a Seminar on Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention and
Protection of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America held in La Paz, Bolivia.
The Seminar was co-sponsored by the Latin American Network for the
Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, the Auschwitz Institute for
Peace and Reconciliation, the UN Office of the Special Advisor on Genocide
Prevention, the Stanley Foundation, and the Bolivian Ministry of Defense.
The workshop brought together government representatives from throughout
the region to learn about atrocity prevention and how they can help
protect the rights of indigenous peoples in their respective countries.
I-GMAP Curriculum Development Awards
The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP) is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been selected as the first cohort of recipients of GMAP Curriculum Development Awards. They will each receive $5,000 for the development of content related to genocide and atrocity prevention as part of their new or existing courses that will support a proposed MS in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention and/or the undergraduate minor in GMAP. The faculty will participate in a series of workshops and activities throughout the academic year. They have agreed to share with I-GMAP the content they develop (syllabi, assignments, modules), and their department chairs or school deans have agreed that GMAP students will have seats in those courses.
- Elizabeth DiGangi, Anthropology, "Anthropological Approaches to Human Rights" (existing Grad course)
- Mary Muscari, Nursing, "Forensic Health of Victims" (existing Grad course)
- Giovanna Montenegro, Comparative Literature, "Colonization, Mass Violence, Genocide and Cultural Memory" (new UG/Grad course)
- David Cingranelli, Political Science, "Human Rights and World Politics" (UG) and "Forecasting and Preventing Mass Atrocities" (new Grad)
- Kent Schull, History, "Middle East Forced Migrations" (new Grad course)
- Timothy de Smet, Geological Sciences, "Environmental Geophysics" (existing UG course)
- David Campbell, Public Administration, "Introduction to Nongovernmental Organizations" (existing Grad course)
- Heather DeHaan, History, "Genocide and Mass Atrocity in Soviet Eurasia" (new Grad course)
Alumni and Friends Reception
Alumni and friends gathered in Rye, New York on April 17, to learn how the Institute will
impact not only Binghamton University but society at large. They met the Institute's directors as well as alumni and friends who are closely engaged supporters of the University.
I-GMAP in NYC
On March 25 and 26, 2018, Co-Directors Max Pensky and Nadia Rubaii were guests of
Ambassador Masud Bin Momen at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City. On Sunday, March 25, they each spoke as part
of the Genocide Remembrance Day, and on Monday, March 26, they joined in the celebration
of National Independence Day. They also had private meetings to discuss opportunities
student externship placement opportunities.
I-GMAP homecoming events
Binghamton University’s Homecoming Weekend on October 6-8, 2017 provided the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention with the opportunity for an on-campus public launch of the Institute.
On Friday afternoon, in partnership with the Department of Political Science, I-GMAP was honored to welcome back to campus Edward Weisband who taught for many years in Binghamton’s Political Science Department and now serves as the Edward S. Diggs Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences at Virginia Tech. Weisband spoke to a group of students, alumni and faculty about his book, The Macabresque: Human Violation and Hate in Genocide, Mass Atrocity, and Enemy-Making (Oxford University Press) and challenged our thinking about the human desires that motivate perpetrators to engage in mass violence, and how theories from multiple disciplines have informed the models he has developed to categorize historical and recent genocides.
On the evening of Friday, Oct. 6, students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, and members of the community attended a public talk by our first practitioner-in-residence, Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, on the topic of "African Regional and National Mechanisms on Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocity: The Missing Link." She spoke about the importance of partnerships across sectors (governmental, civil society, private, and academic) and among neighboring countries in a region, and the importance of learning from and contributing to prevention efforts in communities throughout the world.
The evening concluded with a reception for the Institute which featured remarks by Nancy Steinson Ehrlich about the life, accomplishments, and vision of Rafael Lemkin, based on her close friendship and professional relationship with him. She also honored I-GMAP with the presentation of a large poster of Lemkin which is now displayed in our offices.
I-GMAP co-directors evaluate the warning signs of mass violence in the United States
I-GMAP co-directors discuss whether State Department cuts are a major setback for genocide prevention
UN Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff praises I-GMAP at launch in New York City