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GENOCIDE AND RELIGION

Religious Freedom PosterFebruary 11-13, 2007

Pepperdine School of Law's Institute on Law Religion and Ethics partnered with the Simon Wiesenthal Center for a conference examining the intersection of religion and genocide on February 11-13 at Pepperdine's Malibu campus and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

The conference considered genocides that began with Armenia and unfortunately continue to this day in Sudan. Participants discussed the roles played by perpetrators, victims, bystanders, and resisters. This conference ultimately addressed what role law should play in mediating the juncture of religion and genocide.

Panels and presentations included:
• Historical Overview of Genocide
• Genocide and Religion: The Victims
• Genocide and Religion: The Perpetrators
• Genocide and Religion: The Bystanders
• Special Memorial and Tribute Service for Victims and Resisters of Genocide
• Genocide and Religion: The Resisters
• Genocide and Religion: Collective Resistance
• Movie Screening: I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal

Featured speakers included:
Israel Charny, professor, Hebrew University, Israel; president, International Association of Genocide Scholars; editor-in-chief, Encyclopedia of Genocide; author of Fascism and Democracy in the Human Mind and Fighting Suicide Bombing
• The Baroness Cox of Queensbury, former deputy speaker, British House of Lords (1985-2005); chief executive officer, Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust; recipient, William Wilberforce Award; author This Immoral Trade: Slavery in the 21st Century

For more details, download the conference brochure here.