Past Events

Posters of  PJR Events: Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

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PJR in the NEWS

Spring 2016 Events:

Rwandan genocide survivor speaks

Eugenie Mukeshimana talk – Wed April 13th at 1:45 A104

Dreamland: Addiction Series

APRIL 27th

Joining us from LA via Skype, author
Sam Quinones will speak, and answer questions, concerning his best-selling book Dreamland which tells the story of the overprescribing of opiates, the rise of the Mexican drug cartel and the heroin epidemic in the US

View this recorded interview on Adobe Connect’s web page


Holocaust remembrance Katka Reszke”Return of the Jew & The Meshugene Effect”

March 31s, 2016 – 12:30 -1:30 pm room C321
Overview: Katka Reszke shares the personal narratives of several Polish women (including her own), who embarked on a pursuit of Jewish identity following an uncanny intuition about their Jewish descent. These  extraordinary experiences of memory and transition set against the landscape of troubled Polish-Jewish history and a new curious Polish-Jewish present.

Katka Reszke is a Polish-born, U.S.-based writer, documentary filmmaker, photographer and researcher in Jewish history, culture, and identity. Currently affiliated with Brandeis University, Katka holds a Doctorate in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of “Return Of The Jew: Identity Narratives of the Third Post-Holocaust Generation of Jews in Poland” (2013) and the screenwriter of the acclaimed documentary film “Karski & The Lords of Humanity” (2015). Recipient of fellowships from the Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture and the Mandel Foundation, Katka is a member of the ROI Community – A Schusterman Initiative, and a contributor to the core exhibition of POLIN – The Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

The Meshugene Effect” – a book and an experimental documentary featuring personal narratives of several Polish women, who embark on a pursuit of Jewish identity following an irrational feeling, a hunch about having Jewish ancestry. For more info go to

Spring 2016 Forgiveness Project

logo“The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness” displayed Feb. 29 to March 10 in the hallway by room S-152 at the main campus. The F exhibition was created by The Forgiveness Project, an organization that uses personal stories to explore how concepts of reconciliation, conflict resolution and dialogue can be used to break cycles of violence and restore hope.

“Healing Power of Stories around Forgiveness and Reconciliation”

logoThursday, March 10 – room C-211 – main campus,
11 a.m. Panel – Gayle Kirschenbaum, film maker and director, will share her film “Look at Us Now Mother” which follows the transformation of an abusive mother & tumultuous mother-daughter relationship.
1:45 pm  “#CompassionCombos”  – Discussion on cross-cultural and inter-generational conversations on difficult and challenging subjects.

Fall 2015 “Teacher, Torturer, Executioner: Comrade Duch’s Trial at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal” lecture by Alex Hinton

Thursday, December 10th – 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Meadowlands Campus, Conference Center 5th Floor

Alex Hinton is Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights and Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs at Rutgers University, Newark. He is the immediate past president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, and currently holds the UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention. He is the author of the award-winning “Why Did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide,” and nine edited or co-edited collections on genocide and mass violence.

Sponsored by the Center for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, contact Sarah Shurts at [email protected] or Tom La Pointe at [email protected]

Fall 2015 Genocide – Humanitarian Resistance in Ottoman Syria 1915-1916

Speaker: Khatchig Mouradian
Thursday, October 22, 2015 Meadowlands Campus

Khatchig Mouradian is a visiting assistant professor at the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University and the coordinator of the Armenian Genocide Program at the University’s Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR). He is the recipient of the Gulbenkian Armenian Studies research fellowship, the Hrant Dink Freedom and Justice Medal, and was the editor of the Armenian Weekly from 2007-2014.

Spring 2015 Genocide Events: Armenian 100th & Holocaust Speakers

The 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide PDF

Thursday April 23 – 9:30 am – 4 pm TEC-128 Paramus campus

Holocaust speakers: Powel Goldherz & Isaac York – concentration camp survivors

Spring 2015 Armenian Genocide – Dr. Taner Akcam – Forced Assimilation and Islamization as Structural Elements  of Armenian Genocide

Dr. Taner Akcam – April 13 – Monday 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. • C-211

Historian and sociologist, Taner Akcam holds the Kaloosdian & Mugar Chair of Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University. Akcam, who was born in Ardahan, Turkey, was imprisoned for political speech while still a university student in Ankara and later adopted as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International in 1976. Akcam is widely recognized as one of the first Turkish scholars to write extensively on the Ottoman-Turkish Genocide of the Armenians in the early 20th century. He has more than 10 scholarly books that have been published on the Armenian genocide and Turkish nationalism, in several languages. His most well-known are “A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility;” “Judgment at Istanbul: The Armenian Genocide Trials,” and “Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire.”

Sponsored by The Center for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation, the Office of Student Life, and the Meadowlands History Club

Spring 2015 Hibakusha Panel Discussion with Survivors of the Atomic Bomb


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Deliberative Dialogues 2014