Personally Speaking Looks at 20th Century Genocide Beyond the Holocaust

The well-meaning but hollow term “Never again” has been invoked repeatedly since the Holocaust, but genocide has continued to plague our world. What are the social, historical, and cultural forces that produce genocidal violence? How can seemingly normal humans engage in such cruel, depraved crimes?

Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, for Personally Speaking with John Cox, author of To Kill A People: Genocide in the Twentieth Century, a book that serves as a warning against racism and xenophobia and offers insights into the possibilities of resistance and human solidarity.

Cox’s book speaks to two key debates within genocide studies: How to define “genocide” and place it in relation to other mass atrocities, and how to detect and analyze social, historical and cultural forces that produce genocidal violence.

The author’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City (320 E. 9th St., Charlotte 28202). A reception and book signing will follow.

Personally Speaking is open to the public without charge, but registration is required. RSVP here. Information about complimentary parking at 422 E. 9th Street will be emailed to those who register by noon on Jan. 30.

Cox is associate professor of International Studies and director of UNC Charlotte’s Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies.

This is the third of the four-author series for 2017-18 in which faculty from UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences talk about the books they have written and the stories behind the books. Christopher Cameron will talk about his book, To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Abolitionist Movement, on Tuesday, March 20.

Personally Speaking is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, J. Murrey Atkins Library and UNC Charlotte Center City.

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