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Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing, with Jim Waller

University Room: Judith Hermanson Ogilvie Grand Salon (C-102)AUP | 6 rue du Colonel Combes | 75007 Paris
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 17:30

Dr. James Waller is the Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College (NH). The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention is pleased to be hosting an evening with him to discuss his work on how ordinary people commit genocide and how perpetrators step back into the community to try and transform the very societies they once tore apart. 

Dr. Waller has held numerous visiting research professorships, including his current visiting position as Honorary Research Professor in the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Justice and Security at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  In the policymaking arena, Waller is also regularly involved, in his role as Director of Academic Programs with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), as the curriculum developer and lead instructor for the Raphael Lemkin Seminars for Genocide Prevention.  These seminars, held on-site and in conjunction with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, introduce diplomats and government officials from around the world to issues of genocide warning and prevention.   

Dr. Waller has published twenty-eight articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and contributed twenty chapters in edited books.  The most recent of his four published books is Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide (Oxford University Press, 2016).