October 21, 2013
On Thursday, October 24, 2013, the Yale Club of New York City will host a book launch of Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities. The event will be held from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, New York 10017. The event will feature:
October 15, 2013
On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, Georgetown University will host a book launch of Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities. The event will be held from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW 36th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20007. The event will feature:
The event will be moderated by Sultana Ali, Chair, Human Rights Committee, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area.
The event is co-sponsored by:
To register for the event, please click here.
October 07, 2013
On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, starting at 7:00 PM, Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman, editor of Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities, will deliver a book talk at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, Washington, 98447-0003. The event is supported by a grant from the United States Institute of Peace. A press release distributed by PLU is copied below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2013
Contact: The Wang Center for Global Education
Pacific Lutheran University
Dr. Ami V. Shah, Visiting Assistant of Political Science
PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE TO SUPPORT PEACEBUILDING EDUCATION
Funds to support visit by Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman regarding post-genocide reconstruction and justice
Pacific Lutheran University has received a grant from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The support will enable PLU to host Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman, a Visiting Fellow at Yale University’s Genocide Studies Program and an expert on post-genocide reconstruction and justice in Rwanda, for an on-campus lecture Oct. 8, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Executive Director of PLU’s Wang Center for Global Education, Dr. Tamara Williams, said, “We are proud of our focus on global education and peace building at PLU. Additionally, we sincerely appreciate that the United States Institute of Peace supported our interest in bringing Zachary Kaufman to campus.”
Dr. Kaufman’s visit to PLU is organized by the Department of Political Science, the Wang Center for Global Education, and Holocaust Studies, and is supported by various departments and programs on campus. In addition to the lecture, Dr. Kaufman will participate in a variety of on-campus activities, including meeting with faculty and students interested in genocide studies and co-teaching a class on the challenges atrocities create for development activities.
“Dr. Kaufman’s work is unique in that it not only focuses on governmental reconstruction efforts, but also those led by ordinary members of society,” stated Dr. Ami V. Shah, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science. “Through his own efforts at reconstruction in Rwanda, he has seen the power of individuals working together to rebuild societies.”
Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman, is the co-editor of After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond and editor of Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World. He is a recurring commentator on Voice of America, and his research and commentary have appeared in the Yale Journal of International Law, the Yale Law & Policy Review, the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal, the Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice, The Criminal Law of Genocide, Criminal Law Forum, the Inter-American Law Review, Africa South of the Sahara, Central African Magazine, the Diplomatic Courier, the St. Antony’s International Review, and other international publications. He is a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School, at Yale University’s Genocide Studies Program, and at the Yale School of Management’s Program on Social Enterprise. He is also a Lecturer in Yale’s Department of Political Science and affiliated with Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy. Dr. Kaufman is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on boards of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Humanity in Action, Genocide Watch, Indego Africa, and the Association of Marshall Scholars. He was instrumental in creating Rwanda’s first public library, the Kigali Public Library.
Dr. Kaufman said he is thrilled to visit Pacific Lutheran University because he greatly admires the university’s commitment to social justice and emphasis on global education in preparing its students to be world citizens and future leaders. He added, “As part of that cutting-edge, interdisciplinary curriculum, the university, which features the endowed Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies and the annual Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education, is one of the country’s premier centers for Holocaust and Genocide Studies—my own area of concentration. I very much look forward to engaging with PLU students, faculty, and staff.”
At PLU, he will address the topic of his latest book: “Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing our World.”
The talk marks the beginning of yearlong programming at PLU regarding Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Later this year, a documentary on Rwanda will be screened. In February, the Wang Center for Global Education will host two-day symposium entitled Legacies of the Shoah: Why do people kill? Understanding Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. The seventh annual Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education will take place in March.
In USIP’s statement of support, President Jim Marshall said, “USIP is pleased to support organizations like Pacific Lutheran University and their contribution to the national conversation around international conflict – and methods for resolving those conflicts nonviolently.”
The United States Institute of Peace is the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Baghdad, Iraq, and Kabul, Afghanistan.
As part of its congressional mandate, USIP devotes a portion of its budget to support organizations that will advance the field of conflict management by developing new techniques, establishing best practices, and professionalizing the field through education and training. The Public Education for Peacebuilding Support is a program of USIP administered by the Institute of International Education.
This splendid book is more than a primer on social entrepreneurship for human rights in the developing world. It is also a compendium of searing testimony about the immense practical challenges that idealistic changemakers can overcome by dint of their unflagging energy, incandescent visions of humanity and justice, and on-the-ground skills and resourcefulness. Zachary Kaufman has performed a great public service in orchestrating this admirable volume about how hope for the future can be vindicated even under the most unpromising conditions.”