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Alison Des Forges Memorial Committee Plans Symposium and Scholarship Fund Dinner

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To honor the memory of the internationally-known historian and human rights activist, Dr. Alison L. Des Forges (1942-2009), two events will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 highlighting the current human rights crises in the Middle East and in Central Africa.

Symposium:  “Human Rights in the Middle East and Central Africa: Comparisons and Contrasts between Rwanda and Israel”

Tues., April 16, 2013, 1-5 pm , 509 O’Brian Hall, UB North Campus. Free.


  • Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch: Are There Parallels between Rwanda’s and Israel’s Experience and Conduct?
  • Howard French, Associate Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism: Guilt, Oversimplification, and Inattention in Perspecitves and Policies toward the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa
  • Uri Zaki, Director of the U.S. branch of B’Tselem, Israel’s preeminent human rights organization: Israel at 65 – Democracy, Occupation and In-Between

Scholarship Fund Dinner and Discussion

Tues., April 16, 2013, 6:30-9 pm, Jacobs Executive Development Center, 672 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

The Fund supports 4-year scholarships at UB for promising Buffalo public school students interested in pursuing a course of study and career in human rights.  Reservations are required for the dinner. A $100 or greater contribution to the Alison Des Forges Memorial Fund is suggested, with the full amount in excess of $35 being tax deductible.

For more information, contact:  Dr. Roger Des Forges, ALD Memorial Committee,


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