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Georgian Court to Tackle Tough Topic: Modern-Day Genocides

Presentation & Films Honor Victims and Heroes of Atrocities from Rwanda to Germany & Beyond

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 15, 2011— Memories of the greatest crimes against humanity are often filled with the greatest of hope, and this thought-provoking presentation aims to be a reminder that genocides are not only part of our history, but our present as well. Join Georgian Court University as they explore modern-day genocides in “Living a Nightmare—Genocides in the 20th and 21st Centuries” in commemoration of Holocaust Awareness Week 2011 on Monday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on the Lakewood campus.

The multimedia presentation will feature readings from the actual diaries and remembrances of victims and their families, combined with video clips from films and news reports. Included will be the reflections of Immaculée Ilibagiza, Dith Pran, Elie Weisel, Paul Rusesabagina, Anne Frank, and many more whose names are not as well known.

Holocaust Awareness Week continues with screenings of two powerful, award-winning films: The Killing Fields on Tuesday, May 3, and Hotel Rwanda on Wednesday, May 4.

All Holocaust Awareness Week events take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus and are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu.

About The Killing Fields (1984)
In 1970, the Khmer Rouge, a group of Cambodian Communists, began a large-scale insurgency against their government, quickly gaining control over more than two-thirds of the country. The Khmer Rouge was over 30,000 strong when they took control of the government in 1975. During their rule, it is estimated that two million Cambodians died by starvation, torture, or execution.

The Killing Fields is the true story of Dith Pran, a Cambodian native and war correspondent, and Sydney Schanberg, a New York Times correspondent trapped in Cambodia, who were arrested and sentenced to execution, but eventually released. Exiled to the “killing fields”—the forced labor camps in the Cambodian countryside—Pran endured starvation and torture for four years. In October 1979, Pran escaped to Thailand and to freedom. But his life was forever changed—he lost over 50 relatives in the holocaust, including his father, three brothers, one sister, and their families. The film, which stars Sam Waterston as Schanberg and Oscar winner Haing S. Ngor as Pran, received 26 awards, including three Academy Awards and a Special Award from the Political Film Society.

About Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Ten years ago, some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda—and in an era of high-speed communication and round-the-clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, one million people were brutally murdered. In the face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man, Paul Rusesabagina, summoned extraordinary courage to save the lives of over a thousand Tutsi and moderate Hutu refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia, by granting them shelter in the hotel he managed.

This true story stars Don Cheadle as Paul Rusesabagina and Nick Nolte as Colonel Oliver. The film was nominated for dozens of awards, including three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes, and received the Humanitas Prize for a Feature Film and a PFS Award for Human Rights from the Political Film Society.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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