Genocide: Past, Present, and Future

Join us this Sunday afternoon at 5pm for our Artistic Director Roundtable Series!

November 9, 2008 Artistic Roundtable Discussion:
Responding to Genocide: The US, the UN, and
the International Community

Our esteemed panelists include:

Iain Guest is the Executive Director of The Advocacy Project, an organization that seeks to help community-based human rights advocates produce, disseminate and use information, and in so doing advance social justice. The Advocacy Project currently has projects in the Balkan region in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo (as well as numerous others around the world). Iain has an extensive background in information and working with civil society in countries in conflict. He was a Geneva-based correspondent for the London-based Guardian and International Herald Tribune (1976-1987); authored a book on the disappearances in Argentina; fronted several BBC documentaries; served as spokesperson for the UNHCR operation in Cambodia (1992) and the UN humanitarian operation in Haiti (2004); served as a senior fellow at the US Institute of Peace (1996-7); and conducted missions to Rwanda and Bosnia for the UN, USAID and UNHCR. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where he teaches human rights.

Motti Lerner is an Israeli Playwright and screenwriter. He’s been a Peace Activist since 1973; most of his plays and films deal with political issues. His plays were produced in Israel, the US, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Australia. He won the Meskin Award for the best play (1985) and two Israeli Motion Picture Academy awards for the best TV drama (1995, 2004). In 1994 he won the Prime Minister’s of Israel Award for his writing. He teaches playwriting at Tel Aviv University and frequently lectures at European and American Universities on playwriting, the Israeli theater, and especially on the Israeli theater and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Edib Korkut is a native Bosniak, who remains active in advocacy regarding issues related to Bosnia. He completed medical studies in Sarajevo, and Internal Medicine and Oncology training at the Sarajevo Institute of Radiology and Oncology, where he worked as a medical oncologist. In 1985-86 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for cancer research at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In 1989 he started work in cancer research with Professor Schally through Tulane University, New Orleans. He helped establish the sister state relationship between the State of Arkansas and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina just before the war. When the war began, he was unable to return home, so he started practicing medicine in Maine, then at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. His wife, Halima, was very active in promoting the story of Sarajevo Haggadah.

Kathryn Wichmann is the Director of Membership & Communications at the United Nations Association of the National Capitol Area. Kate recently completed an internship with the UN International Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. In 2006 she participated at the 36th session of the UN Committee Against Torture during its evaluation of US commitment to the Convention Against Torture. She comes with a diverse background including working as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles, house manager at Arena Stage and Woolly Mammoth theaters and ten years at The Washington Post. She worked in Chambers on the Government II case with a focus on Justin Mugenzi, the Minister of Commerce. Kate received a masters degree in Humanitarian Action from the Programme Interdisciplinaire en Action Humanitaire at the University of Geneva. She has an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University and a certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University. Kate volunteers on the Disaster Assistance Team for the American Red Cross and as a refugee mentor for the International Rescue Committee.

One thought on “Genocide: Past, Present, and Future

  1. Wish I could have attended last night, the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, only rehearsal went too late. Wish I could attend Motti Lerner’s play reading tonight, only I am already committed to Laura Zam’s wonderful solo performance lab. Hope to catch up with you at some of the remaining fabulous events expanding on and triggered by your great Honey Brown Eyes, especially the Artistic Director Roundtable Sunday, November 30, at 5 pm, that features Laura and her work in Bosnia.

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