New York University will host “Listening to the Women of Bosnia,” a screening and book presentation on the Bosnian genocide, on Monday, October 17, 7-9 p.m. at NYU’s Cantor Film Center, 36 E. 8th St. (at University Place).
The event’s speakers include: Margaret Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict at the United Nations; Mirsada Colakovic, Deputy Representative, Permanent Mission of Bosnia-Herzegovina at the United Nations; Peggy Kuo, former prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Mohamed Sacerby, former minister and ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina; George Mason University Professor Gregory Stanton, founder and director of Genocide Watch; PBS Producer Pamela Hogan; and author, University of Amsterdam Professor and CNRS NYU Research Fellow, Selma Leydesdorff.
The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 212.992.7488. Subway Lines: N, R (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).
The evening will include a screening of Hogan’s “I Came to Testify,” the story of how a group of 16 women who had been imprisoned and raped by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law. “I Came to Testify” is part of PBS’s five-part series, “Women, War & Peace,” which premieres in October.
In addition, participants will discuss Leydesdorff’s Surviving the Bosnian Genocide: The Women of Srebrenica Speak (2011), an account of the July 1995 Srebrenica killings by the Serbian Army. Srebrenica had been designated a “safe area” by the U.N. and was ostensibly under the protection of Dutch soldiers. Leydesdorff’s work is composed of interviews with female survivors of the Srebrenica massacre, many of whom still live in refugee camps.
The event, in collaboration with PBS, is co-sponsored by the Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences/UMI 3199 “Transitions”, a joint initiative of France’s CNRS and NYU, the University of Amsterdam, and NYU’s Center for NYU’s Center for Mediterranean and European Studies. The event will be podcast at www.cnrsnyu.com.
Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or email@example.com.