7th annual Genocide Awareness Week returns with full conference slate

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The seventh annual Genocide Awareness Week at Scottsdale Community College is scheduled April 15–20.

Officially called “Genocide Awareness Week: Not on our Watch,” is one of the largest genocide conference in the nation, according to a press release.

The week-long conference includes speakers recounting and analyzing genocidal periods in world history through first-person survivor accounts, academic discussions led by experts, author presentations and talks by humanitarians and activists engaged in the struggle to end human suffering.

“The conference gives a greater awareness of atrocities past and present and instills the desire to end all forms of genocide,” said SCC faculty member John Liffiton, founder and director of the program.

This year features an opening session with Rwandan survivor and author Clemantine Wamariya.

A Shevet Shemesh Holocaust Memorial Ceremony will be held at Two Waters Circle amphitheater on April 16. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

Ms. Wamariya was a refugee at age six and on the run for more than six years in seven African countries, the press release stated. She was eventually granted asylum in the United States and later graduated from Yale University.

She has spoken on Ted Talks and also appeared on The Oprah Show. She was appointed to serve on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by President Obama in 2016 and has recently published “The Girl Who Smiled Beads.”

The opening event starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Turquoise Room located in the Student Center of Scottsdale Community College at 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale.

Other events during the week-long commemoration include presentations from the country’s leading experts genocide and climate change, the Armenian genocide, and the film premiere of “My Sekret War,” on Kosovo.

New to this year’s program will be the Shevet Shemesh Holocaust Memorial Ceremony at the amphitheater in Two Waters Circle on April 16.

There will be six survivors representing the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch will return to the event to share his inspirational boyhood experiences in WWII surviving life in a SS Headquarters in Krakow during the Nazi occupation of Poland.

All events throughout the week are open to the public and free to attend.

To see the full schedule, visit scottsdalecc.edu/genocide.

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