5 2018

6:00 pm BCJS "We Charge Genocide" Presentation Featuring Anson Rabinbach

6:00PM - 9:00PM  

Roemmele Global Commons, Williams Hall, Lehigh University 31 Williams Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015

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"We Charge Genocide:" American Racism, Memory and the Genocide Convention in the Cold War 

Featuring Anson Rabinbach of Princeton University • Sponsored by the Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Jewish Studies at Lehigh University ​

The United Nations Genocide Convention was deeply entwined with the politics of race in early post World War II America. In 1951, a group of prominent African-American intellectuals and political activists, including W.E.B. Dubois and Paul Robeson, saw the Convention as an opportunity to address lynching in the American South. The result was a petition entitled “We Charge Genocide; The Crime of Government Against the Negro People,” presented to the United Nations in December 1951. Despite its adoption by the United States in 1948, the Convention was not ratified until 1987. It was effectively blocked by southern senators, who feared an infringement of states’ rights and Jim Crow. Trapped in the politics of the Cold War, the Genocide Convention became a casualty of the confrontation between the African American experience of slavery, segregation, racial violence and its origins in the immediate postwar experience of the crimes of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. ​ 

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Free and open to the public. Public metered parking on campus at $1/hr. 
For any questions, please contact Tara Coyle at 610-758-4869.