70 years after Duke professor coined 'genocide,' events further legacy

From staff reportsApril 4, 2014 

— The roots of the word “genocide” involve Duke University. Raphael Lemkin, a professor at the school, coined the term in 1944. His legacy continues this month with a series of events at the university.

Duke’s Coalition for Preserving Memory will recognize the victims of genocide with a series of four events focused on modern atrocities.

The series begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at Duke’s Divinity School. Sunday is Rwandan Genocide Awareness Day, and the series’ opening ceremony will include a survivor of the 1994 slaughter and a reading of names.

Monday brings a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. on the importance and implications of the collective memory of genocide to be held at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Panelists include William Chafe, a co-founder of the Center for Documentary Studies; Jehanne Gheith, an associate professor of Slavic and Eurasian studies; and Patrick Stawski, an archivist for the school’s collection on human rights.

A music night will be held Tuesday at Baldwin Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., featuring tenor Noah Stewart, student musicians, Duke faculty and the group United in Praise.

The series’ conclusion is the April 14 opening of a multimedia art exhibit, created by students, on six modern genocides. The exhibit opens 7:30 p.m. at the Brown Gallery in the Bryan Center.

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