Educational Division
An essential part of monitoring and gathering information on modern genocide abuse is how that information is then imparted to the public. The Genocide Prevention Center plans to open educational compo- nents that will help disseminate up-to-date information and methods for successful prediction, prevention and intervention in those abuses. Course curriculum at the pre-collegiate and collegiate level, lecture series, a training institute and a quarterly publication will all aid in the education of the public at large.
Curriculum Development
The center will employ genocide and human rights scholars and curriculum development writers to develop a base curriculum for a pre-collegiate and collegiate level target learner. These basic courses will be expanded to culturally specific models to be applied to specific international venues.
Human Rights Violations and Genocide Studies: Strategies for Prevention
This curriculum will be offered at three levels of instruction ranging from pre-collegiate to the master’s level of study. It will borrow from several of the humanities including; history, international relations, anthropology, psychology, conflict prevention & resolution, philosophy and genocide studies.
History/Anthropology
The course will use specific historical and anthropological examples of occurrences of genocide and massive human rights abuse with specific attention to the effects of indifference and acts of heroism. The material will illustrate the very practical application and pertinence of a need for coursework in this field. Examples will include: Pasteur Trocme and Chambourg, Raoul Wallenburg the Swedish diplomat, Captain Trapp and the Hamburg reserve unit, Oscar Schindler – industrial collaboration, sabotage and heroism, case studies of Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, France and Poland, intervention in East Timor, Bosnia & Kosovo.
Conflict Prevention & Resolution/Mediation/Cultural Diversity
Several individual, group, ethnic and religious case studies will be employed to train students regarding perceived differences and inherent dangers. Industry standard approaches and training in conflict prevention, mediation and intervention will be employed.
Philosophy of Conflict
A methodological approach to applications of these theories will be offered; Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. Several key authors and leaders’ work will be used in this application including: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Dag Hammerschold.
International Jurisprudence
Course content will include a developmental history of human rights law from the Magna Carta, including the 20th Century international treaties through the most recent burdens and applications of treaties. It will also look at the UN applications of those laws in preventative and interventionary deployments and actions.
Genocide Studies
A comprehensive study of precursors and backward analysis of indicators of genocide will be undertaken. Systems of analysis and classification will be studied and critiqued for their methodology. Several interactive role-playing lesson plans will use group dynamics to illustrate several of the psychological, social and anthropological theories illustrated.
The curriculum will be broken down into two courses, the semester – college and college preparatory installment and the two week intensive summer institute coursework.
Training Institute
The summer training institute will be held for two weeks and include two sets of coursework in that will include key components from each of the above categories.
Teaching the Curriculum
The methodology, pedagogy and suggested lesson plans will be taught to educators from around the world. There will be two break out sub-groupings of educators, the first to differentiate appropriate instructional material for pre-collegiate and collegiate coursework selection, the second for culturally specific collaboration and methodology differentiation.
Human Rights Violations and Genocide Studies: Strategies for Prevention
The coursework, outlined above, will be taught in an intensive and abbreviated series of sessions for bachelors and masters students only.
Genocide Lecture Series
The center will sponsor two distinct lecture series. Both focus on the dangers of genocide in the modern world. These series will travel widely and internationally to inform and education the public at large about the intensely personal and ever present experience of genocide in modern life and an academic lecture series on the modern adaptation of the age old phenomenon.
Witnesses and Victims of Modern Genocide Series
Survivors of modern genocide’s, largely from the past thirty-five years, will tell their stories of personal loss, victimization and indifference and heroism of others. Lecturers will include survivors from the Bengali(1971), Cambodian(1974-9), Hutu(1972,1988), Tutsi(1994), Bosnian(1994), Kosovar (1999) and East Timorese (1999) tragedies.
Modern Genocide: Scholarly Lecture Series
Experts and authors in the human rights and/or genocide field will offer lectures with discussion following regarding modern parallels, events, systems of prediction, preventative and legal measures surrounding the most serious issue of massive human loss of life. Historians will be among those scholars featured, however a strong presence will also be lent to theorists and practitioners who espouse specific proactive and preventative measures.
Genocide Prevention Quarterly
This publication will be a journal dedicated to practical applications of preventative academic and technical concepts.
The primary focus of this quarterly will be to draw on the lessons from the past to recommend specific strategies to prevent future acts of genocide. Themes will include the development of information technologies and communications to make abuse locations more transparent as well as editorials regarding potential strategies for resolving ongoing international and intra-national disputes. It will also feature educational, curriculum development, conflict prevention and recent eye witness articles.