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Confronting Genocide: Never Again?
Sixth edition. October 2010.
The genocides of the twentieth century elicited horror and revulsion throughout the world. Yet both the international community and the United States have struggled to respond to this recurring problem.
Confronting Genocide: Never Again? traces the evolution of the international community's response to genocide and examines how the United States has responded to five cases of genocide. The evaluation of multiple perspectives, informed debate, and problem solving strategies that are encouraged in this curriculum enable students to develop their own policy suggestions concerning the U.S. response to future genocide.
The readings trace the development of the United Nations and the Genocide Convention as well as examine five case studies of genocides from the twentieth century.
The Choices Role Play
At the center of this curriculum is a simulation in which students debate four distinct options for U.S. policy concerning genocide. By exploring four clearly defined alternatives, students gain a deeper understanding of the values underlying specific policy recommendations and the trade–offs that accompany each of the choices. The role play is designed to help students clarify their thoughts and, ultimately, articulate their own views on the future of U.S. policy on genocide.
Introduction to Genocide
By exploring the language of the Genocide Convention, students will understand the difficulty of defining "genocide."
Genocide Reported in the Media
By assessing The New York Times coverage of the Armenian genocide, students think critically about the impact of media reporting on policy decisions.
Role-Playing the Four Options
Working cooperatively to develop and present four options for U.S. policy to a Senate committee, students are able to clarify and evaluate alternative policies.
Joining the Debate on U.S. Policy
Armed with historical knowledge and a sense of their own values, students articulate coherent recommendations for U.S. policy and apply their recommendations to three hypothetical crises.
Building a Memorial
This hands-on and uplifting lesson challenges students to use diverse forms of expression to memorialize a genocide. Students explore the purpose of memorials, as well as the complex decisions involved in their design and creation.