The Perils of Memory: Does Remembering Genocide Make Us Safer?

March 30, 2023 Boston Free
Philip Gourevitch reporting in Rwanda (Courtesy: Jonathan Silvers/Saybrook Productions)

Join us for the 30th Annual Robert Salomon Morton Lecture at Northeastern University. Drawing on his groundbreaking reporting from Rwanda, and in the light of Putin’s war on Ukraine, author and longtime New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch considers whether the moral and political lessons we draw from the Holocaust can, in fact, safeguard us against repeating the past. Join us for a vital discussion of the uses and abuses of memory and history.

Philip Gourevitch is a long-time staff writer at The New Yorker and former editor of The Paris Review. He is the author of “Standard Operating Procedure: The Ballad of Abu Ghraib” (2008), “A Cold Case” (2001), and “We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda” (1998), which won numerous honors, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was counted by The Guardian among the 100 best nonfiction books of all time. In 2024, he will publish a new book: “You Hide That You Hate Me and I Hide That I Know.”

Presented by the Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Committee, Jewish Studies Program, Humanities Center, School of Journalism, and Department of History at Northeastern University. Sponsored by the Robert S. Morton Lectures and Events Endowed Fund.

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Thursday, March 30, 2023, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex
805 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02120

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