February 11 – 13, 2008
In 1944 a lawyer named Raphael Lemkin published a comprehensive account of Nazi actions and defined them with a new word – genocide, formed from the Greek geno, meaning “race” or “tribe,” and from the Latin cide, meaning “killing.” The term was adopted by the United Nations in 1948 at the “Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide," establishing genocide as an international crime.
California State University, Long Beach is instituting a new initiative: the President's Forum on International Human Rights. The 2008 focus will be "Modern Genocides and Global Responsibilities."
The primary objective of this Forum is to increase global engagement and broaden our understanding of some of the most difficult challenges facing human advancement. This three-day Forum focuses on modern genocides and the global responsibilities we share as world citizens to prevent and eradicate such atrocities from contemporary society.
Through the eyes of international experts, genocide survivors, film makers and many others, it is expected that this event will serve as a significant educational tool and resource for CSULB and the Southern California community.
All events are open to the public and are free of charge. No registration is required. Please arrive early as seats will be occupied on a first-come basis.