Faculty Member Selected to Attend Genocide and Human Rights Institute

photo of Mixon Ware

Eastern Kentucky University faculty member Dr. Mixon Ware, associate professor in Family and Consumer Sciences, was one of 23 international participants selected to attend the 9th annual Genocide and Human Rights Summer Institute, held at the University of Toronto Aug. 1-13.

The Genocide and Human Rights University Program, sponsored by the non-profit Zoryan Institute, was instituted in 2002 to address a gap in university curriculums concerning genocide. Admission is competitive and only a limited number of applicants are invited to the program annually.

The two-week intensive program features world-renowned genocide and human rights scholars addressing multiple and complex universal issues relating to gross violations of human rights. The purpose of the institute is to help develop a new generation of scholars to pursue research and publication in genocide and human rights.

According to the Zoryan Institute, “Each year’s graduating class has gone out into the world and spread awareness of the nature of genocide, the importance of human rights, and the necessity of genocide prevention. This awareness is fundamental to developing the political will crucial for enforcing and expanding the international justice system.”

“Engaging with top scholars in the field was wonderful, but the most rewarding part of this experience was meeting people from around the world who are committed to peace and to making a difference” said Ware. “In the fight for humanity, each one of us matters.”

Ware, who also teaches courses in Women and Gender Studies and the EKU Honors program, is currently working with students to organize an EKU chapter of STAND, the student-led division of Genocide Intervention Network, an international organization whose mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide” (STAND-GIN).

“STAND asks students to take a stand rather than standing by,” she said. “Genocide and mass murder by governments are not subjects relegated to our history books. They occur every day in ‘hot spots’ around the world. For example, violence and forced starvations are again occurring in the Southern Kordofan region of Sudan, and we need to act now to prevent another Darfur.”

Anyone interested in being a part of EKU STANDs and learning more about this current situation and others can contact Dr. Ware at mixon.ware@eku.edu.

Published on September 07, 2011