AH 103    CONFRONTING THE DARKNESS  Class Presentation Available

The term genocide was coined only in1944 and recognized as an international crime four years later when its punishment was also fashioned. But such crimes have existed far into the past.  Considered from four inter-disciplinary perspectives, we attempt to make a space for some new understandings regarding the complexity of the topic.

Friday, September 30: Degenerate Art. The Nazis did more than censor the artistic community in art, music, literature, and theater.  They created and presented a narrative of the idealized Aryan master race, setting the stage for marginalization, exclusion, and the ultimate destruction of the other. Click here for the presentation: https://www.dropbox.com/s/czhnumw9a7ckv0y/OLLI%20Lecture.pdf?dl=0

Presenter: Jeanne S.M. Willette, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Art History at the prestigious Otis College of Art and Design, specializing in modern and contemporary art as well as critical theory. She is the author of the website Art History Unstuffed.


Friday, October 7: Design and Architecture of Memory.  Genocide memorials labor to validate the experience of their victims, survivors, rescuers, and/or liberators and also attempt to fix often contentious social meanings and even the issue of facticity attached to the events in question.

Presenter: Ted Wells is an architectural historian, author, principal of a design firm, and the trustee managing the restoration and operation of historically significant and protected architectural sites. He is the Director of Guardian Stewardship, a private foundation dedicated to arts and architecture, thought and culture.


Wednesday, October 19: International Humanitarian Law and Criminal Justice.  The categories of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity are differentiated in international law.

Presenter: David A. Kaye, JD, is UCI Clinical Professor of Law and Director of its International Justice Clinic. He holds an appointment as United Nations Special Rapporteur and has taught and lectured internationally.


Friday, October 28: Inter-generational Transmission of Trauma. The trauma from atrocities is not over when the trauma is over.  Recent research suggests that trauma is also transmitted inter-generationally and not only through psychosocial dynamics but on a biological level as well.

Presenter: Andrei Novac, MD, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Clinical Professor at UCI Medical School, Director of the Traumatic Stress Program at UCI Medical Center, and a consultant to the Government of the Netherlands regarding War Trauma Compensations.

Developer: Rochelle Ambersound


Fridays, September 30, October 7 and 28

Wednesday, October 19

2:00 – 4:00 PM


The Irvine Station-Onken





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