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April is Genocide & Human Rights Awareness Month

Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Month (GHRAM) is an annual initiative of the Florida Holocaust Museum.  The goal of GHRAM is to build public awareness about the current genocide in Darfur and past genocides including the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, the Rwandan Genocide, as well as other human rights violations.  Programming during GHRAM includes exhibitions, commemorative events and programs focused on public awareness.

 

Special Events During GHRAM

 

OPENING RECEPTION

Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Month and Peace Should Not Be This Fragile - A Portrait of Panzi

 

Special guest:  Michael Berenbaum, Ph.D.

Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Genocide

Sat., March 31, 2012, 6:30 pm

Location:  Florida Holocaust Museum

 

Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films.  He is the author and editor of twenty books, scores of scholarly articles and hundreds of journalistic pieces. Berenbaum is the director of the "Sigi Ziering Institute:  Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University," where he is also a professor of Jewish Studies.  He was the Director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Hymen Goldman Adjunct Professor of Theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  Berenbaum served as Project Director of the United States Holocaust memorial Museum, overseeing its creation.  He also served as the Deputy Director of the President's Commission on the Holocaust where he authored its Report to the President. 

 

Seating is limited.  RSVPs are required by calling 727.820.0100, ext. 236  The event is free to all.

 

Carl Wilkens

I'm Not Leaving - Rwanda's Remarkable Journey Out of Genocide

Thurs., April 5, 2012, 6:30 pm

Location:  Florida Holocaust Museum

 

As a humanitarian aida worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990.  When the genocide was launched in April 1994, Wilkens refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church and the United States government.  He was the only American to remain in the country.  Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city.  His actions saved the lives of hundreds.  Wilkens will discuss his experiences which are recounted in his book, I'm Not Leaving

 

RSVPs are not required.  The event is free to all.

 

Yom HaShoah Commemoration (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

My Lost Childhood - Survival - Revisiting Poland 68 Years Later:  Have Faith, Never Give Up, Never Lose Hope.  Witnessing the Terror and Calamity of the Holocaust as a Child.

Thurs., April 19, 2012, 6:30 pm

Location:  Florida Holocaust Museum

 

After a commemorative ceremony led by the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis, keynote speaker, Dr. E. Edward Herman will share his story as a Holocaust Survivor and his experience of returning to Poland where he lived in the ghetto before escaping to Hungary. 

 

RSVPs are not required.  The event is free to all.

 

Erase Hate Tampa Bay Festival

Sat., April 21, 2012, 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location:  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Tampa, FL 33602

 

The Erase Hate Tampa Bay Festival will raise awareness of the dangers of bullying and hate driven behaviors.  The family-friendly event features live music and performers.  Activities include rock climbing, facing painting and more.

 

RSVPs are not required.  The event is free to all.

 

Armenian Genocide Commemoration

Tues., April 24, 2012, 6:30 pm

Location:  St. Hagop Armenian Church

7010 90th Avenue

Pinellas Park, FL 33782

727.545.0380

 

Keynote speaker, Ronald Grigor Suny is the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History and Director of the Eisenberg Institute of Historical Studies at eh University of Michigan and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago.  He was the first holder of the Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of Michigan, where he founded and directed the Armenian Studies Program.  He is the author of several books, including Armenia in the Twentieth Century.  He is currently working on a two-volume biography of Stalin for Oxford University Press, a short history of the Armenian Genocide, a series of essays on empire and nations and studies of emotions and ethnic politics.  He has appeared numerous times on the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, CBS Evening News, CNN, Voice of America and National Public Radio. 

 

RSVPs are not required.  The event is free to all.

 

Pardoll Family Lecture Series

Escape from Slavery

Francis Bok

Mon., April 30, 2012, 6:30 pm

Location:  Florida Holocaust Museum

 

Francis Bok was a seven year-old Sudanese Dinka boy when he was captured by Arab gunmen and forced into slavery.  He spent ten grueling years as a slave, tending large herds of goats and cattle, enduring numerous beatings, and living on scraps from his owner's meals.  Finally, on his third attempt, he was successful in escaping.  Bok made his way to a refugee camp where he spoke openly abiout his captivity.  he was soon sent to prison for "speaking out against the government."  After his release from prison, he eventually was granted UN refugee status and came to the United States.  He was the first escaped slave to testify before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and has met with former President George Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright and other important leaders.  His book, Escape from Slavery is considered an important record of the experience of contemporary slavery. 

 

RSVPs are not required.  The event is free to all.

 

 

 

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