|"Women and Genocide" is Topic of March 17 Virginia Frese Palmer Conferende Markgin Women's History Moth|
-- Eight Panelists, Including a Rwanda Survivor,
Will Explore War and Its Aftermath, From the Armenian Genocide and the
Holocaust to Ethnic Cleansing in Srebrenic --
NY, March 3, 2014—A term coined in reaction to World War II, genocide is gender
neutral. But strategic violence against women has long been a common component
in campaigns to destroy an entire ethnic group. Women have also played
significant roles as either perpetrators or community defenders. This
complicated record is the topic of the 2014 Virginia Frese Palmer Conference, “Women
and Genocide,” taking place at Queens College on Monday, March 17, from 9 am to
12:30 pm, on the fourth floor of the Student Union.
eight panelists will review nearly a hundred years of war and its aftermath. Donna-Lee Frieze, from New York’s
Center for Jewish History, will talk about women’s experience in the Armenian
genocide of 1915. New York University history professor Marion Kaplan will discuss the Holocaust’s female victims and
resisters, while Claremont McKenna College’s Wendy Lower will focus on the German wives, secretaries, and nurses
who abetted the Nazis. More recent conflicts resulted in the targeting of Mayan
women in Guatemala in the 1980s, to be explored by Lehman College anthropology
professor Victoria Sanford, and
gender-based violence during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, which will be reported by
one of its survivors, human rights activist Jacqueline Murekatete.
of the lectures explore women’s efforts to document atrocities and obtain
justice. Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence, whose six-week hunger
strike called attention to Canada’s treatment of indigenous peoples, will be
discussed by Columbia anthropology professor Audra Simpson. NYU’s Lisa
DiCaprio will relate the efforts of female survivors to hold people
accountable for mass murder and ethnic cleansing committed in Srebrenica in
1995. Cassandra Atlas, human rights
advocacy coordinator at the international human rights organization MADRE, will
look at healing and historical memory-building efforts after genocidal drives.
by the Queens College Women and Gender Studies Program in honor of Women’s
History Month, “Women and Genocide” will be the thirteenth Frese Palmer conference held at the college. A question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion.
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