Human Rights Institute At Kean University Announces Fall Events

UNION – The Human Rights Institute at Kean University will sponsor a series of events this fall. All events are free, open to the public, and will take place on various locations on the main campus, located at 1000 Morris Ave. in Union. The events include:

Friday, October 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in Hennings Hall, Room 113
U.S. Ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, Marcia Bernicat, will discuss human rights issues in Africa, careers in the Foreign Service and business opportunities in Senegal. A New Jersey native, Bernicat graduated from Monmouth Regional High School and Lafayette College and earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.


Friday, October 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre
General (Ret.) Scott Gration, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, will be the featured speaker at a conference, Darfur Genocide: Remnant or Current Reality? The daylong event will explore ideas for achieving peace and reconciliation, and ways to impact the U.S. national agenda in order to end the genocide in Darfur. A panel of refugees from Darfur will examine the current status of the situation in Darfur and South Sudan, and at the refugee camps in Chad.

Other topics include the status of international diplomacy, as well as the complex history of Darfur. Drs. Jay Spaulding and Charles Boateng of Kean’s history and political science departments, respectively, will be among the participants. The event is co-sponsored with the NJ Coalition for Darfur. For more details visit Please send reservations to or

Sunday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre
The second-annual International Conference on Bangladesh 1971: Addressing Claims of War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes against Humanity is an interdisciplinary investigation of the critical issues surrounding the atrocities which occurred in Bangladesh in 1971. Highlights include eyewitness accounts from victims, family members and freedom fighters. Detailed information about the conference and the featured guests is available at

Wednesday, October 21, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in University Center Little Theater
Representatives from Invisible Children, a grassroots effort by students to eliminate child soldiers – particularly Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda and Sudan, will discuss their efforts and documentary. Invisible Children were instrumental in advocating legislation dealing with the LRA atrocities that has since been introduced in Congress. For more information, visit

Tuesday, October 27, at 6 p.m. in Kean Hall, Room 127
There will be a screening of 40 Years of Silence: an Indonesian Tragedy, followed by a panel discussion with its producer and director, Dr. Robert Lemelson, a professor of anthropology at UCLA. Drs. Dennis Klein, Sue Gronewald and Keith Nunes, all professors at Kean University, will serve as panelists. Information about the film can be found at

Monday, November 30, at 7:50 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre
Holocaust Resource Center Scholar, Professor Samuel Kassow, will lecture on The Secret Archives of the Warsaw Ghetto. For more information, visit

Kean’s Human Rights Institute aims to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide among the general public, teachers and students. The Institute’s goals are to combat genocide and promote conflict resolution through wide-ranging activities, including conferences, seminars, teacher training and curricula development for New Jersey schoolchildren. A forthcoming state-of-art gallery will highlight issues, artwork and publications related to human rights violations and victories around the world.

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