Cynthia Cohen Gives Keynote Address at Genocide Conference


January 25-28, 2007

Cynthia Cohen, executive director of the Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence and director of Coexistence Research and International Collaborations, gave one of the keynote addresses at "Arts in the One World: Culture and Identity," a January 25-28 conference in Valencia, California. The conference was organized by the California Institute of the Arts and the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center in Kigali, Rwanda, a nonprofit organization that studies genocide through a study of the arts.

Conference attendees told stories of their own experiences with genocide, including the 1994 Rwanda killings that left more than 1 million dead. Others discussed Cambodia, Northern Ireland, and Uganda, which have all seen violent conflict over the years.

The conference also included a panel discussion on how oral history can be used to promote healing after violence.