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Aug 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM

genocide

the most serious crime against humanity, has left a bitter trail and is ongoing. We must remember and understand to overcome and prevent it.

Oct 7 – Oct 9, 2016

515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver

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Genocide: The politics of denial, forgetting and the work of memory

Organized by South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD) in partnership with the Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University and with the support of Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation, Dean of Arts and Social Sciences SFU and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) SFU (Maggie Benston Lecture Series). Cosponsored by Radical Desi Collective, Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC), Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR), Canada Palestine Association (CPA), International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) Canada, Seriously Free Speech Committee, Canada Palestine Network, South Asian Film Education Society (SAFES), Amnesty Richmond Group 92, Independent Jewish Voices, Department of Sociology Langara College, School for International Studies SFU, and Department of History SFU. Asian Studies UBC. VanCity.

Contact:
Dr. Chinmoy Banerjee, President, SANSAD Tel: (604) 421-6752, Email: cb6752@telus.net

Anis Rahman, Secretary, SANSAD Cell : 778-389-2491, Email: abur@sfu.ca

SANSAD
South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy

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