UNESCO Director General To Speak at USC Shoah Foundation
Ambassador Irina Bokova, director general of UNESCO, will visit USC Shoah Foundation and participate in a public discussion/Q&A on Monday, February 8. The discussion is open to all and will be held in USC Leavey Library room 17, 11 a.m. to noon.
The discussion will be hosted by Stephen Smith, USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director and UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education. Smith and Bokova will discuss new initiatives to use testimony-based educational resources to speak out against hatred and intolerance that turns into violence.
A leading champion in the fight against racism and anti-Semitism, Bokova has spearheaded UNESCO’s activities on Holocaust remembrance and awareness and is the first Director-General of the Organization to appoint a Special Envoy for Holocaust Education.
Smith was named UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education in 2013. The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Program links global universities and research institutions to work together to address pressing contemporary problems. The program involves over 700 institutions in 126 countries.
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