The USC Shoah Foundation Institute invites you to attend "Rwanda: Confronting a Painful Past," a panel discussion sponsored by the ACE Charitable Foundation. The discussion will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 2, 2010, at the Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library at the University of Southern California. A reception will follow the discussion.
In the 16 years since the Rwandan Tutsi genocide, Rwanda and Rwandans have struggled to move beyond just peaceful coexistence. The world has seen a number of international, national, and communal measures intended to construct a unified future without forgetting about the past.
Are these measures bringing about the desired effect of reconciliation or are they advancing confrontation?
This panel will discuss the various efforts in Rwanda to face its recent past and move towards a reconciled future.
Recent attempts at justice include the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)—which tried high-profile perpetrators—and local Rwandan Gacaca courts, which have sought to create justice by and for the community. Other efforts are geared towards memorialization, such as annual days of mourning and remembrance, which aim to provide remembrance on a national level. Numerous NGOs and other organizations are also engaged in dealing with the aftermath of 1994.
In the context of these discussions, particular attention will be given to the role of testimony (from both survivors and perpetrators) and questions such as:
· How does testimony help/hinder the process of mourning or memorialization?
· How is testimony mobilized in the search for justice?
· What are the implications of using testimonies in these larger socio-cultural processes?
For 30 years, Beth Meyerowitz, a Professor of Psychology at the
University of Southern California, has investigated the distress and
disruption associated with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and the
factors that aid individuals in coping and adjustment. This work, which
included a focus on diverse groups of patients and their family members,
involved collaborations with physicians and other health-care providers
in the United States and Europe.
Current research projects include investigation of quality of life and coping
among the partners of cancer survivors and their impact on patient adjustment;
adjustment following the diagnosis of prostate cancer over the years after
treatment; cognitive functioning among older, long-term cancer survivors; and
quality of life and attitudes toward preventive behaviors among Latina women with
gynecological cancers. These studies are being conducted in a variety of
clinical settings, including cancer centers and public and private hospitals.
In addition to her work with cancer survivors, Meyerowitz has been studying
trauma and resilience among survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda. Through
close collaboration with organizations in Rwanda, she is gathering interview-
and questionnaire data about experiences during the genocide and their relation
to post-genocide adjustment.
Mathilde Mukantabana Mathilde Mukantabana was born
and raised in Rwanda before
she moved to the United
States to pursue her studies. She is a professor of history at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California, and President of Friends of Rwanda Association (FORA), a non-profit American relief
association created in the wake of the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide. Under the
aegis of FOR A, she has organized numerous workshops and international
conferences dealing with the Rwandan experience.
is Director of the Kigali Memorial Centre, Secretary
General of IBUKA, and a coordinating member of the Aegis Trust. Coping with the loss of both of his parents and four sisters to the
Rwandan Tutsi genocide of 1994 by becoming an advocate for peace and human
rights education, he is an inspiring leader for the survivor community in Rwanda and
beyond. Mr. Mutanguha was also one of the people responsible for coordinating
countrywide events for the 15th commemoration of the genocide in April 2009. He
frequently travels internationally as a speaker on genocide and reconstruction.
Dr. James Smith is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Aegis Trust,
both in the UK and Rwanda. During
the crisis in Kosovo in 1999, Dr. Smith initiated the East Midlands Kosovo
Appeal and worked with the International Medical Corps in Albania and
Kosovo as a volunteer physician. (He is a medical doctor, qualified Leeds,
1993). Dr. Smith worked with the Rwandan Government and Kigali City Council to
develop the Kigali Memorial Centre in 2004. Hundreds of thousands of genocide
victims are buried there. The site is now an internationally renowned educational
exhibition and documentation center. He is also co-founder of the UK Holocaust
Memorial and Educational Centre, where the lessons of history are applied to
the prevention of mass atrocities and is visited by over six hundred students
Lyn Boyd-Judson is Director
of the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics. Her previous affiliations include the CarterCenter, the Hong Kong Legislative
Council, the United StatesEmbassyBerlin-ThirdReichDocumentCenter, RAND,
and USC’s Center for International Studies. Boyd-Judson's research and teaching
focus on ethics, diplomacy, global governance, and international negotiation.
She has published in International
Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy
Analysis, GeorgetownUniversity (Institute of Diplomacy)
Case Studies, and Leiden Journal of
International Law. Her book, Strategic
Moral Diplomacy: Understanding the Enemy's Moral Universe, is forthcoming
October 2010. She is currently co-editing a volume on the ethics of state
involvement in women's global health issues. She is a University Fellow at
the USCCenter for Public Diplomacy and has
served on the executive boards of the International Political Science
Association RC29, the International Studies Association-West, and WCIS. She is
currently Chair of the Women's Caucus of the International Studies Association.