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Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada

Putting a Face to Genocide – Panel Discussion

Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada
Published: November 5, 2011  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information

Melanie Nelkin:   404-431-3741 and genocideprevention@me.com

Lili Baxter:  404-870-1872 and lbaxter@thebreman.org

ATLANTA, GA – The Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum is pleased to announce, in partnership with the Georgia Coalition 2 Prevent Genocide, the inauguration of the Genocide Prevention Institute, Sunday, November 6 and Monday, November 7, 2011.

Shirley Franklin, former mayor of Atlanta, will launch this significant initiative on November 6, 1 PM, by moderating a conversation with four genocide survivors from Rwanda, Bosnia, Sudan and the Holocaust (bios attached).  All of the survivors are now United States citizens, but arrived as refugees.  This opportunity to hear survivors of genocide share their eye-witness accounts will put a human face on this critical global problem that is too often eclipsed by overwhelming numbers.   At 3PM the panel will be followed by the screening of historian Daniel Jonah Goldhagen’s groundbreaking film, Worse Than War, the first major documentary to explore the preventable phenomenon of genocide.  Educators and Students  will be admitted free with ID to all events on November 6.

There will be an opportunity for all to visit Breman’s galleries; in particular the new special exhibition, Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee.  Today, more than 30 million people around the world have been displaced due to war and violence, making nearly 10 million children refugees.  Through this inspiring, hands-on journey, visitors of all ages can explore what it means to be a refugee and better understand their hardships and hope for a brighter future.

Monday, November 7, 9:30AM – 4:30 PM, the Genocide Prevention Institute continues with the Breman’s  newest teacher course.  For the first time in Georgia, teachers will learn about past genocides and how to prevent them in the future.  Through lectures and discussions with experts and fellow teachers, they will be learn of available curricula and resources, applicable Georgia Performance Standards, organizations their students can join, and clubs their schools can sponsor. Teachers who attend the program will receive 10 hours of professional  credit.  Registration is $70 for non-members and $55 for Breman members.  Teacher scholarships are available for a $10 application fee.

All events will be held at the Breman, 1440 Spring Street NW (at Spring & 18th St.) Atlanta, Georgia 30309.  For more information, visit thebreman.org or Phyllis Lazarus at plazarus@thebreman.org or 404-870-7684. Programs are free to the public with museum admission and free to Breman members.    Museum admission: $12 adults, $8 seniors (62 and over.

The mission of the Genocide Prevention Institute is to create a permanent anti-genocide constituency by educating and empowering our community with effective responses and tools to prevent genocide.

Torn From Home was created by the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum in Las Vegas with generous support from Pam and Pierre Omidyar, and tours nationally thanks to a grant from Unbound Philanthropy.

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