Confronting Evil: Why Holocaust and Genocide Studies Matter Today
Date: October 17, 2019
Location: Western Libraries Reading Room, WL 4th Floor
In a world in which “Never Again” is better understood as “Again and Again,” this lecture addresses how genocide prevention is possible and why it matters in today’s world. Closer to home, we will explore why genocide prevention matters to us as we think about our country’s past, present, and future. Finally, the lecture will conclude with an understanding of why Holocaust and genocide studies matter so much in today’s world for the promotion and protection of civil and human rights.
Dr. James Waller is the inaugural Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College located in Keene, New Hampshire. Keene State College is home to the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, one of the nation’s oldest Holocaust resource centers. Keene State College also offers the only undergraduate major in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the United States. Within the Cohen Center, Dr. Waller teaches courses primarily focused on genocide and comparative genocide.
In addition to four books, he has published twenty-eight articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and contributed twenty chapters in edited books. His book on perpetrators of genocide, Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (Oxford University Press, 2002), was released by Oxford in a revised and updated second edition in 2007. In 2016, he published his latest book Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide. Dr. Waller also works as the Director of Academic Programs for the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, an international non-governmental organization devoted to genocide and mass atrocity prevention. His fieldwork has included research in Germany, Israel, Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Argentina, Chile, and Guatemala.
A video of Prof. Waller’s talk can be found in the Western Libraries CEDAR collection here.