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We will share a common intellectual experience as we read the novel When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka. The book follows one Japanese American family's experience when they were forced to live in an internment camp during World War II. Programs will be held throughout the semester, centered on the novel’s themes of racism, prejudice, and the dangers of stereotyping. READ MORE

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Perpetrator or Rescuer: Women's Choices During the Rwandan Genocide

Rwandan women

By sharing examples of actions undertaken by women bystanders, rescuers, victims, and perpetrators, the program will shed light on the experiences of women, the deeply entrenched patriarchal system that limited their capacity to act, and offer some insight into continued reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts. With the upcoming 20th commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide in April 2014, it will also stress the need to develop a comprehensive narrative of the Rwandan genocide that includes women who exercised agency.


Sara E. Brown, doctoral candidate at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, will discuss the difficult choices made by women during the Rwandan Genocide.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 PM

Brookdale Community College
Warner Student Life Center, Navesink Room 2
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, New Jersey 07738

Register online for The Rwandan Genoicde: Where are the Women?

Read about 100 Days of Silence, a special Chhange education program commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.

About Sara E. Brown

Sara E. Brown is the Stern Family Fellow and the first comparative genocide doctoral candidate at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. Her dissertation, Gender and Agency: Women Rescuers and Perpetrators during the Rwandan Genocide, explores women who exercised agency during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Brown has worked and conducted research in Rwanda since 2004. She regularly travels there to conduct firsthand interviews with survivors, perpetrators, rescuers, and witnesses of the Rwandan genocide.

Brown was an adjunct lecturer at Worcester State University; researched globalization and conflict at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel; worked in refugee resettlement in the Dallas Metroplex; and served as a project coordinator in refugee camps in western Tanzania. She received her MA in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies from the IDC.


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