Portland State of Mind: Lecture: The Politics of Testimony - Aftereffects of Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities
Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union, room 338 | 1825 SW Broadway
Join The Portland Center for Public Humanities for a lecture by John Roth:
The Politics of Testimony: Aftereffects of Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities
Without testimony spoken and written by and about persons whose lives have been destroyed by genocide and other mass atrocities, awareness would be dimmed, understanding diminished, memory dulled, forgetting facilitated, and accountability betrayed. Jarring, disruptive, and destabilizing, the presence of such testimony raises ethical and political questions such as, what effect(s) should this testimony have? What responsibilities, if any, does it confer upon me? Focusing especially but not only on Holocaust-related testimony, this lecture explores important aftereffects of genocide and other mass atrocities by considering the politics of testimony--the fraught but pivotal roles of testimony in Holocaust and genocide studies, in courts that try defendants accused of genocide and crimes against humanity, in post-conflict resentment, and in the prospects for ethics in a world where the slogan “Never again!” seems increasingly problematic, if not banal.
John K. Roth is the Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights (now the Center for Human Rights Leadership) at Claremont McKenna College, where he taught from 1966 through 2006. In 2007-2008, he served as the Robert and Carolyn Frederick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. In addition to service on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and on the editorial board for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, he has published hundreds of articles and reviews and authored, co-authored, or edited more than forty books, including Approaches to Auschwitz: The Holocaust and Its Legacy; Ethics During and After the Holocaust: In the Shadow of Birkenau; The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies; and Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide. Roth has been Visiting Professor of Holocaust studies at the University of Haifa, Israel, and his Holocaust-related research appointments have included a 2001 Koerner Visiting Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in England as well as a 2004-05 appointment as the Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Washington, D.C. Roth has served on the Church Relations Committee at USHMM, and presently he chairs the national board of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. In 1988, he was named U.S. National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
You might also be interested in the Workshop "Rape. Weapon of War and Genocide" with John Roth on Friday, 10/5 10am.
This event is free and open to the public. It is part of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project Series at the Portland Center for Public Humanities. Co-sponsored by the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center.
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