On Sunday, November 15, 2009 an international group of historians, political scientists, anthropologists, legal authorities, philosophers, and policy-makers will gather at the Center for Jewish History in New York City to focus a lens on genocide through an exclusive examination of the writings of Raphael Lemkin, author of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The intention of the conference is to explore the intersection of historical documentation and contemporary interpretation, and to investigate the efforts of new generations of scholars, human rights advocates and activists to address, prevent and deal with the aftermath of genocide. For many, Lemkin’s writings have been the source for understanding and coping with cleavages in international law and human rights.
The conference is organized by the Center for Jewish History with the American Jewish Historical Society and the Yeshiva University Museum. For the conference program and a full list of participating scholars please visit www.cjh.org/lemkin.
A sizeable portion of the papers of Raphael Lemkin are housed at the American Jewish Historical Society, a partner institution of the Center for Jewish History.
This conference is being held in conjunction with “Letters of Conscience: Raphael Lemkin and the Quest to End Genocide,” a Center for Jewish History, Yeshiva University Museum and American Jewish Historical Society exhibition opening November 8, 2009.
To register for the conference, or for more information, visit www.cjh.org/lemkin.
Director of Special Projects
Center for Jewish History
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New York, NY 10011
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