NEH Seminar Series, "Genocide, Justice and Human Rights" 2012-2013

This Series has been made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This Seminar Series is organized by Dr. Sarah K Danielsson, Associate Professor of History at CUNY-Queensborough. The Seminar series provides an academic program throughout the Academic year geared to different constituencies of the college community: faculty, students and the community at large. The program deals with the intersections of genocide, justice and human rights and is interdisciplinary in nature. Academic faculty and students from all universities and colleges are welcome to attend. For more information see contact information.


For Information on this seminar series, please contact:

Dr. Sarah K Danielsson

Associate professor of History


Office Phone: 718-281-5044


MAY 3, 2013

Problems of Justice, Jurisdiction and Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Genocide

Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives 10:30 am

Alex Hinton, Rutgers University

Daniel Feierstein, Universidad de Tres de Febrero, Argentina

Donna Frieze, Center for Jewish History and Deakin University, Australia

Victoria Sanford, CUNY-Lehman

Lawrence Douglas, Amherst College


Holding the Monster's Gaze:

The Fight Against Impunity in Latin America

Carlos Castresana Fernández


Room S112

Carlos Castresana Fernandez is the Public Prosecutor of the Supreme Court in Spain since 2005 with more than 30 years of professional experience as a Lawyer, Investigating Judge, Court Magistrate, Anti-drug Special Prosecutor, and over ten years as Special Anti-corruption Prosecutor.

He authored the lawsuit and subsequent legal reports building the legal strategy in the Pinochet Case before the Spanish Audiencia Nacional.

In 2007 he was appointed by the UN Secretary General as Head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, with the level of Assistant Secretary General. He resigned in 2010, after receiving the Legion of Honor from France, the Star of Solidarity from Italy, the Order of Civil Merit from Spain and the Great Cross of the Quetzal from Guatemala.

He has taken part as an expert in CoE, EU, and UN missions in Europe, Middle East and the Americas, and has lecturer at some of the most prominent universities and other institutions in Europe and America.

DECEMBER 5, 2012

Legacies of Mass Atrocities:

The Quest for Justice for the Disappeared in Argentina

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012, 6-9pm EST John Jay College of Criminal Justice

524 West 59th Street

New Building

Conference Room 9.64



Associate Professor, Department of History, CUNY-Queensborough


Argentinean judge presiding over genocide trials of the disappeared


Member of the Association of the Mothers of La Plaza de Mayo, Founding Line

Argentine women leading the search for their disappeared relatives


Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Moderated by:


Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR),

Columbia University

NOVEMBER 15, 2012


Author of

Not Even My Name: A True Story

“The Genocide of the Greeks of the Ottoman Empire

1913—1923: Myths and Facts”

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Science Building

Room S-112


Genocide and Human Rights: A Fraught relationship?

Friday September 7, 2012

CUNY Graduate Center, located corner of 5th Avenue and 34th Street

Room C197

One day workshop/conference.


9:00-9:30am Refreshments

9:30-9:40am Introduction

Sarah Danielsson

9:40-11:00am Session 1

"How Human Rights became Entangled with Holocaust Memory (and why we should regret it)"

Samuel Moyn, Columbia University

"How and Why did Genocide become a Non-Political Crime?"

A. Dirk Moses, European University Institute

11:00-11:30am Coffee Break

11:30-12:50 Session 2

"Toward a Critical History of Human Rights"

Eric Weitz, City College of New York

"Genocide and Human Rights: From Civilization to Democracy"

Devin Pendas, Boston College

12:50-2:00pm Lunch

2:00-3:20 Session 3

"What is genocide (as we now use the term)?"

Jens Meierhenrich, London School of Economics

"Silenced Communities in the Aftermath of Genocide and War in Guatemala"

Marcia Esparza, John Jay college of Criminal Justice

3:20-3:50pm Coffee Break

3:50-5:00pm Session 4

"What's in a Name? Mass Violence, Human Rights Crime and the Question of Genocide in Indonesia and East Timor"

Brad Simpson, Princeton University

"Where Fellow-Travelers Part Ways: Genocide and Human Rights through Law, Narrative, Politics and Ethics"

Bridget Conley-Zilkic, Tufts University

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.