Spring 2019 Events
In Spring 2019 the HGHR Center is co-organizing the Third Annual "Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence" program (April 9-10) featuring Debra Hopkins (below, middle, with Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau and John Cox) and others, who will speak on trans issues and experiences.
We are also organizing our first international conference, "Denial: The Final Stage of Genocide" (April 13-14 at UNCC's "Center City" location). Scholars, activists, and artists from more than 15 countries will participate. The conference program will be published by late January.
The conference’s keynote speaker will be Lerna Ekmekçioğlu, hIstorian of the Modern Middle East at MIT and author of Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Belonging in Post-Genocide Turkey (Stanford University Press, 2016). Her keynote address will be titled, "What Can Genocide and its Denial Do to Feminism? The Existential Paradoxes of Armenians in Post-Genocide Turkey." Henry C. Theriault, Ph.D., President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, will deliver a closing keynote address, "Is Denial truly the final stage? Consolidation and the Metaphysical Dimensions of Denial."
On March 13 we welcome Dr. Willie Griffin, the official Staff Historian at the Levine Musem of the New South, who will speak on the role of African-American journalism in the Black freedom struggle. The life and work of Trezzvant Anderson, in particular, tells us much about the hidden history of civil-rights activism in & around Charlotte. The event will be in Friday 137 (UNCC campus), 2:30 - 3:45 pm.
The Center also co-sponsors many events and symposia and we are proud to support this workshop, May 14 - 17, 2019.
We are also organizing a field trip to the amazing, overwhelmingly powerful new museum & memorial in Montgomery, AL, which opened last April
More details, and other Spring events, TBA soon.
Lecture by Haitian-Québécois author Marie-Célie Agnant: “Writing from the Silence”
Thursday, January 10th, 2:30-3:45, CHHS 155
This presentation will include readings of extracts of some of the author´s prose and poetry, as well as the various legacies which intervene in her writing process. Among those: Silence. “It is out of that silence, from the silence and against that silence that I write, and from that place where silence becomes violence. By so doing I also try to question the ways of representation of the political, historical and literary discourse, as well as the boundaries dictated by fiction.”
Born in the Haitian capital city, Port-au-Prince, in 1953, Agnant worked as an interpreter and as a translator for many years. After moving to Quebec, Canada at the start of the 70's she also worked as a French teacher before reentering the world as a storyteller. With many shorts, full blown novels, children's books and poems under her belt, Agnant has truly transitioned into a storyteller of more than simple worth to the Haitian literary heritage.
The French Club at UNCC, Department of Languages and Culture Studies, Department of English
Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies, Alliance Française of Charlotte
And Then They Came for Us
Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII
50-minute documentary followed by discussion
November 12 5:30 – 7:00 Fretwell 121
AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US is a cautionary and inspiring tale for all societies. It chronicles the moral and human damage done after President Roosevelt signed an Executive Order ordering the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Thousands of American citizens lost their homes, their businesses, and their families due to war hysteria and racism.
Featuring Japanese Americans who were incarcerated, rediscovered photos by Dorothea Lange, and the story of Fred Korematsu’s long journey to justice, the film brings history into the present, as it follows Japanese Americans speaking out against the current Muslim travel ban and other regressive immigration policies.
Part of International Education Week, organized by UNCC’s Office of International Programs
Tuesday, November 13th at 5:30pm in Student Union Room 340D.
The 1994 Rwandan Genocide: The Voice and Struggles of a Child Survivor
Monday November 5, 2:30 – 3:45 pm, Fretwell 100
After the Holocaust, survivors and representatives of the international community solemnly intoned a "never again." Yet, genocides became a recurring reality in the Cold War and post-Cold War worlds. The 1994 genocide in the East African country of Rwanda is but one of too many examples. In roughly three months, the Hutu Power perpetrators slaughtered some 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu opponents.
Mugabo Yves will speak about these mass murders in Rwanda from the perspective of a child survivor. In April 1994, he was seven years old. His Tutsi family lived in the capital, Kigali, which became one of the key sites of the killings. His mother and many close relatives perished.
Yves survived with the help of Hutu civilians. He fled to a refugee camp in neighboring Uganda, where he stayed for eight years before he managed to immigrate to the United States along with his surviving sisters. He now resides in Charlotte.
Children's Desks and Blackboard at Kabgayi Hospital - Genocide Site - Outside Muhanga (Gitarama) – Rwanda. Photograph courtesy of Adam Jones
Anti-Semitic Terrorist Attack in Pittsburgh:
Open Mic and Panel Discussion on Antisemitism and the Recent Upsurge in Hate Crimes and Violence / Wednesday October 31, 4:00 – 5:15, Fretwell 100 (UNCC) / Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights (HGHR) Studies and the Departments of Global Studies, History, Languages and Culture Studies, and Religious Studies; More information: John Cox, firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Sanctuary Stained Glass Windows, Tree of Life / L’Simcha Synagogue, Pittsburgh
Events earlier in 2018
A warning from history and a story of survival
Lecture and dialogue with Holocaust survivor Susan Cernyak-Spatz
February 20 ♦ 11 am – 12:15 ♦ Cone University Center, McKnight Hall
April 2 / 5:30 pm / Rowe Hall 130
Yazidi Survivors of ISIS Occupation Speak Out
Panel discussion with representatives of Yazda, "a multinational organization established in August 2014 by members of the Yazidi diaspora in the US and Europe as an immediate response to the genocidal attacks by ISIS on Yazidis and other desperate ethno-religious minorities in Iraq and Syria."
Salema Mirza, deputy executive director of women affairs for Yazda; fled ISIS-controlled Sinjar in northern Iraq, which was the site of a massacre by ISIS in 2014. “Before I travelled to the U.S., I worked in many NGOs that dealt with IDPs (internally displaced persons) in Iraq. Prior to that, I was working as a teacher with children who are at high school and elementary level. I also worked as a social worker with women who suffered from trauma, in addition to serving as a coordinator and program manager of Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights.”
Jamal Aldakhi, also from Sinjar, where ISIS “raided and looted all my stores and took everything. I lost about half million dollars due to the ISIS attack. I was able to migrate to the U.S. through my brother, who worked for the U.S. army as an interpreter in Iraq. Currently, I attend English classes in Lincoln, NE hoping to learn English so I can advocate more effectively for my people.”
Photo: Yazidi refugees from ISIS violence, Dohuk, in Iraqi Kurdistan, August 2014
Co-sponsored by UNC Charlotte's Center for HGHR Studies, Data Science for Social Good, Women's & Gender Studies Program, the Departments of Religious Studies and of Philosophy, and the Office of International Programs; and by Johnson C. Smith University's Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Thursday April 12, 2:00 – 3:15pm / Rowe 130 (UNCC campus)
April 27, 2018, 7:30 pm, Robinson Hall (UNCC main campus): Symphony of Diversity
The Chamber Orchestra presents a concert celebrating the diversity of thought, background, life experience, culture, ethnicity, and orientation that exists in American society. The UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra will be joined by other University students; 31 high school students from Charlotte, Greensboro, Fayetteville and Boone; members of the Charlotte community; and four students from Givat Washington Academic College in Israel. The program features music by composers from Latvia, Mexico, Italy, and the United States, as well as the composer Suad Bushnaq, who grew up in Jordan of Syrian and Bosnian/Palestinian parentage, studied in Canada, and now lives in North Carolina. Dr. Jonathan Govias, director of orchestras, will conduct.
Elmer Bernstein: Overture to Magnificent Seven
Clara Schumman: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.7
Sara Davis Buechner, piano
Jose Pablo Moncayo: Huapango
Christine Donkin: "Frosted Pane" from Four Poems for Orchestra (US Premiere)
Stella Sung: Chorale from the Partita for Orchestra (Erica Hefner, Guest Conductor)
Aaron Copland: "Hoedown" from Rodeo
The Center for HGHR Studies is proud to be a co-sponsor of the 2018 Feminist Decolonial Politics Workshop
May 22 - 25, 2018, UNC Charlotte. More information: Dr. Elisabeth Paquette, email@example.com
A warning from history and a story of survival: Lecture and dialogue with Holocaust survivor Susan Cernyak-Spatz
October 24, 4 – 5:15 pm, Rowe Hall room 130
Susan Cernyak-Spatz, who is a Professor Emerita of German Literature at UNC Charlotte, was born in Vienna in 1922 and moved with her family to Berlin in 1929, where they witnessed Hitler’s rise to power. As she has commented in her recent public lectures, in present-day America she sees certain developments that are alarmingly reminiscent of the bigotry and fear-mongering; right-wing nationalism and populism; and hate-filled mobs and rhetoric of Berlin and Vienna in her youth.
Susan's family fled to Prague in March 1938. Her father managed to escape to Belgium, but the Nazis arrested and eventually deported Cernyak-Spatz and her mother. She survived Auschwitz-Birkenau and the women’s concentration camp of Ravensbrück. Her mother died in the Theresienstadt ghetto.
In July 1946, Cernyak-Spatz emigrated to the United States. She completed a dissertation on German Holocaust literature in 1971. In 2005, Dr. Cernyak-Spatz published her memoirs, copies of which will be available at the talk. Dr. Cernyak-Spatz will speak not only as a survivor but as a teacher and academic whose professional career was closely related to the horrors she experienced.