Center Affiliate Receives PeaceWriting Award

Playwright Catherine Filloux is the recipient of the 2006 PeaceWriting Award, presented by the Peace and Justice Studies Association and the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology. Filloux received the award for Best Imaginative Work for her play "Lemkin's House," which tells the story of the afterlife of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish American lawyer whose family died in the Holocaust and who invented the word "genocide." In the play, Lemkin, who devoted his life to seeing "genocide" declared an international crime, is besieged by people telling of the Rwandan and Bosnian genocides. Realizing that no law is enough to save humanity from itself, he weighs his accomplishments against his guilt for deserting his own family, ultimately seeking not only justice but also forgiveness.

In March, Filloux presented her Photographs of S-21 as part of "Wandering Souls," a series of events held in conjunction with Professor Cynthia Cohen's "The Arts of Building Peace" course.

PeaceWriting seeks to encourage writing about nonviolent peacemaking and peacemakers. The manuscripts must not have have been published nor be contracted for publication.