1st annual film festival!

I'm excited to announce the first annual film festival! The theme of the festival is Women's Resilience and Resistance During and After Genocide. Now I know that you might be thinking this will be a very depressing festival. But it isn't! The topic is a heavy one to be sure, but I had my husband watch the films with me. He didn't feel like any of them were too hard to watch and they were mostly uplifting. The point of these films is not to portray women as victims, but to show that even in the darkest of times, women can come together to survive and even resist evil.

I've set it up so that you can buy a ticket to one film or come for the whole day. Each ticket automatically comes with access to the speaker panel at the end of the day. So far I have a genocide professor, Arthur Gilbert, from Denver University and myself speaking. I am waiting to hear back on a couple other speakers. It should be a good panel, so come with lots of questions! We are going to try to have a raffle at the festival as well and there will be t-shirts to buy. The money from the festival goes to support the other educational programs and research the Center is involved in. Come spend the day with us!

The start of something new

It hardly seems possible, but here I am writing the first blog post of my new nonprofit. I didn't set out to start a nonprofit. Quite the opposite. I changed careers from wildlife research to humanitarian assistance. To do this, I went back to school and got a degree in human rights with a certificate in humanitarian assistance.

My goal was to work with refugees, but life had other plans for me. While looking for a job that would allow me to also be with my family, I embarked on a writing venture with my former genocide professor. The relationship blossomed and we have now presented papers at two international conferences.

Although my focus has been on the use of sexual violence during genocide, I am interested in all aspects. My interest eventually led to the creation of the Center for Genocide Research and Education. I don't know whether I can make this work, but I feel very strongly about educating the public about genocide and making sound decisions based on research. Only if we all work together can we stop the scourge of genocide and mass violence.