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Celebrating the Life

April 3, 2012 - 9:06am

EVENT: Dr. Alan J. Kuperman delivers talk on civil war, genocide and humanitarian intervention in Africa

WHEN: 4:00pm-5:30pm, Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

WHERE: Fine Arts Library Reading Room (DFA 3.200)

BACKGROUND: The Human Rights Documentation Initiative, the Fine Arts Library and One Million Bones Texas present a talk by Dr. Alan J. Kuperman on the relationships between civil war, genocide and humanitarian intervention in Africa–specifically in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.

The talk coincides with a dual exhibition at the Fine Arts Library of artistic materials made for the One Million Bones Project and historical photographs from the Human Rights Documentation Initiative’s collections from the Genocide Archive of Rwanda. The exhibition is on view from through April 22, 2012.

Dr. Alan J. Kuperman is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the coordinator of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project and the leader of a Pentagon-funded project on Constitutional Design and Conflict Management in Africa. His scholarship focuses on ethnic conflict, U.S. military intervention and nuclear proliferation. He is the author of The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention: Genocide in Rwanda (Brookings, 2001) and co-editor of Gambling on Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Hazard, Rebellion, and Civil War (Routledge, 2006).

“One Million Bones” is a collaborative art installation employing education and hands-on art-making to raise awareness of ongoing humanitarian crises. Students at The University of Texas at Austin and across the state have contributed hand-made bones to this nation-wide effort.

April 28 marks the date of the Road to Washington, a series of mini-installations across the country. From noon - 3 p.m., a ceremonial placement of bones will happen on the South Lawn of the state capitol to provide a chance to reflect on the connection we share with those across the globe.

The University of Texas Libraries Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) works to preserve and provide access to fragile primary source documentation of human rights struggles worldwide. The Genocide Archive of Rwanda is a collaborative project between the HRDI and the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Kigali, Rwanda, that preserves and provides access to oral history videos, digitized photographs, publications and archival documents from the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis.

For more information, please visit the One Million Bones Texas Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/314583301917277/.

 

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