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How do dramatic artists deal with mass atrocities? USC Shoah Foundation organizes evening of performances for Genocide Awareness Week

USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education participated in USC's Genocide Awareness week with a series of events, including an evening of dramatic arts on April 9, 2013.

Playwright Catherine Filloux presented her short play about the Cambodian Genocide, Photographs from S-21, and Yvette Rugasaguhunga, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide, performed her solo play A Survivor's State of Mind. Following the performances, Filloux and Rugasaguhunga sat with USC dramatic arts professor Stacie Chaiken and USC Shoah Foundation executive director Stephen D. Smith to discuss whether performance and storytelling have the power to transform perception, raise awareness and understanding about genocide, and bring about real change.

The event was co-sponsored by the USC School of Dramatic Arts and STAND. The series was sponsored by the USC Visions and Voices initiative.