My own path to establishing the Center dates back to the 1990s, when I went to Cambodia as a graduate student in anthropology. There I witnessed first-hand the effects of effects genocide and made a commitment not just to conduct scholarly research into the origins and effects of such violence, but to seek ways to prevent it by raising awareness and undertaking educational initiatives. This conviction has only strengthened over time as I have traveled to places like Argentina, Armenia, Auschwitz, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kurdistan, and Senegal.
CGCHR has quickly grown to become a leader in its field. We hold the UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention and run projects on issues ranging from a U.S.-Mideast Dialogue to our annual Raphael Lemkin Award and Lecture. In keeping with the Rutgers slogan, “Jersey Roots, Global Reach,” we have partnerships with institutions all over the world. The Center now hosts a cutting-edge book series on “Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights” and a student e-zine, The Rutgers Humanist. And we hold regular international conferences and thematic speakers series.
I invite you to learn more about our activities by exploring our website. Please take a look at our on-line brochure, which has been translated into multiple languages, and the profiles of our internationally renowned faculty and dynamic student associates. You can listen to podcasts of past talks given at CGCHR. If you go to our new YouTube site, you will find a remarkable interview with Professor Saul Mendlovitz about his own work and the legacy of studying genocide and human rights issues at Rutgers-Newark. And you will find a list of our upcoming events and activities, to which you are invited.