September 20, 2019: "The Mass Killings of 1965-66 in Indonesia: Questions of Responsibility"
12 – 1:30 p.m. Ingraham Hall, Room 206
Lecture by Geoffrey Robinson, Professor of History, University of California- Los Angeles.
Long ignored or deliberately misrepresented, the mass killing of some 500,000 Indonesian communists and leftists in 1965-66 has recently become the focus of serious historical inquiry. Among those who have undertaken this work is historian Geoffrey Robinson whose new book, The Killing Season, challenges conventional narratives that portray the violence of 1965-66 as arising spontaneously from religious, cultural, and social conflicts. Robinson argues instead that the violence was the product of a deliberate campaign led by the Indonesian Army, and explores the principal dynamics of that campaign. He also details the pivotal role played by the United States, Britain, and other major powers in facilitating the violence. The paper concludes with reflections on the significance of this history for the more than 50 years of silence and inaction that has followed, and for the pressing current problem of impunity for the perpetrators of those crimes.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Human Rights Program, and the Department of History.
October 3, 2019: The Dance of Feminism with Human Rights: Reflections on three decades of Global Women's Human Rights Organizing"
4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center
Annual Soffa Lecture by Professor Charlotte Bunch, Rutgers University (https://womens-studies.rutgers.edu/faculty/core-faculty/117-charlotte-bunch). Reception after the lecture. Sponsored by The J. Jobe Soffa and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Distinguished International Visitor Fund, The Human Rights Program, Global Legal Studies Center, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and the International Division.
November 19, 2019: "For Sama" Documentary Film Screening and Discussion
4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Marquee Theater, Union South
Screening of the documentary film "For Sama" a captivating and honest testament to the experiences of one woman and her community through the recent Syrian War. It tells the incredible story of Waad al-Kateab, a journalist/filmmaker who filmed her life for over five years during the conflict in Aleppo, Syria. Waad documented her personal journey as she married a doctor who operated the only functioning hospital in their besieged area, gave birth to a daughter (Sama), and continued filming the cataclysmic events unfolding around her. At its core, this documentary serves as a love letter from a mother to her daughter, as Waad captures deeply moving scenes of love, laughter, loss, sacrifice and survival. (HRP)
"For Sama" has captured the attention of national and international audiences, winning the Golden Eye Documentary Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and multiple audience awards at both the Munich Film Festival and SXSW. This week the film will screen at the United Nations, where the filmmakers have been invited to participate.
Followed by film commentary by UW Professors Nevine El Nossery and Sara McKinnon
- Trailer: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/for-sama/
- Film Website: https://www.forsamafilm.com/