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April 11, 2006
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UMD Opens New
Center for Genocide, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies

Sets Three Inaugural Events

UMD has set three grand opening events to inaugurate the opening of the new UMD Center for Genocide, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies. All three events are free, and the public is cordially invited.

April 20 Professor Steven Feinstein, renowned Holocaust expert and director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, will speak April 20 at 4 p.m. in the UMD Tweed Museum of Art, Lecture Room. His talk, entitled "Art and Remembrance," is presented as complement and enrichment to the Holocaust exhibition by clay artist Daisy Brand, currently on display in the Tweed Museum. A reception will follow Professor Feinstein's talk.

April 25 A screening of the documentary, "The Armenian Genocide 90 Years Later," a production of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus will be held April 25 at 11:45 a.m. in the Rafters Room, 3rd floor Kirby Student Center.

May 2 Two leading human rights attorneys, Bret Thiele and Mayra Gomez, will speak on the topic, "Enforcing Economic and Social Rights: Global Experiences," May 2 at 12 noon in the Rafters Room, 3rd floor, UMD Kirby Student Center. The talk will focus on the work of the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) with examples from Sudan (Darfur), Guatemala, Colombia, Sri Lanka, U.S., and elsewhere.

About the UMD Center for Genocide, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies:

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) recently established the Center for Genocide, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies thanks to the generosity of the Regis Foundation of Minneapolis. The programming of the new Center will be tied to that of the University of Minnesota's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the Twin Cities. The UMD Center, with speakers, films, and other commemorative events, will supplement UMD's curriculum and the annual events sponsored by the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee. The Center at UMD will also seek to support the work of teachers in the schools of our region who seek to expand or supplement their curriculum in the areas of concern to the Center.

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