If find yourself in Chicago today or a few days from now, two events are worth checking out…
Tonight at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, a panel of experts will discuss the findings of the Genocide Prevention Task Force, which released Preventing Genocide: A Blueprint for U.S. Policymakers at the end of last year. The task force, co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and William Cohen, was a joint initiative of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the United States Institute of Peace, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. The task force’s findings highlight how genocide and mass atrocities threaten core American values and interests, and offer recommendations for how the U.S. government can help prevent these crimes worldwide.
Tonight’s event begins at 5:30pm and will feature:
Bartram S. Brown, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Program in International and Comparative Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Ambassador David Scheffer, Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law Director, Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law
John Heffernan, Director, Genocide Prevention Initiative, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Lawrence Woocher, Senior Program Officer, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention
United States Institute of Peace
For additional information and to RSVP, see this event posting from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
On Thursday, June 18, The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, an award-winning documentary by Lisa Jackson that profiles women survivors of sexual violence in eastern Congo’s war zones, will be featured at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in Chicago. The film will be shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art at 5:30pm. Details and tickets here.
On a related note, filmmaker Lisa Jackson and Enough’s John Prendergast recently appeared in a radio interview with NPR’s Diane Rehm. Click here to hear to them talk about the use of rape as a weapon of war in Congo.
Photo: From the poster for The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo