What's the story behind GAAW?

"I went to Rwanda and Uganda with the School for International Training to study post-conflict transformation. As we met with survivors of horrible violence, over and over again we were asked to bring their stories back with us — and that became my main motivation for founding Genocide Awareness and Action Week. Specifically, I wanted to bring those stories to Juniata, to a community I love and that has deep roots in peace, justice, and activism."
-Lily Kruglak '11

GAAW 2018

"This year we are moving away from looking at historical and current genocides "out there," and instead turning our focus inward to examine our own actions, policies, and belief systems that lead to horrendous mass atrocities." 
- Savannah Parson '18
 GAAW Co-Chair 

"We are hoping this week builds a foundation for us to create and sustain a community where everyone has access to justice. This week was inspired by King's 'Beloved Community.'"
-Maeve Gannon '18
GAAW Co-Chair

GAAW 2018

  • Dates: Sunday, April 8th- Saturday, April 14th 2018
  • Theme: Building Our Beloved Community 
  • Sponsored By: The Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, The History Department, The International Studies Department, Campus Ministry, Hillel, Beeghly Library, and PAX-O
  • Co-Chairs: Maeve Gannon '18 and Savannah Parson '18


*All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted


Monday, April 9th

Student Zine Distribution

11pm-1pm on the Quad (poor weather location: Ellis Lobby)
Grab a copy of a student-created independent pocket guide on how to build and maintain a Beloved Community. It is full of artwork, stories, poetry, favorite quotes, photography, short essays, tips, and advice.

The Sedgley Thornbury Lecture sponsored by the Politics Department: Skanda Kadirgamar

7:00pm Neff Lecure Hall
War Resisters League National Committee member Skanda Kadirgamar will discuss the implications of WRL's work on police militarization in the wake of the movement for gun reform post the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy. Their talk will address the racist act of normalizing gun violence when it is perpetrated by the police and military. WRL has recently drafted a statement as a gesture of empathy and critique with the calls to end violence and mass shootings, which have yet to substantially address the structural racism of American empire. That statement, 'No Arms, No Armies', will be unpacked over the course of this talk.

Tuesday, April 10th

Open Microphone Night 

4:30pm-5:30pm Standing Stone Coffee Company

The Delbert McQuaide Distinguished Lectureship in History: Dr. Arthur Kleinman

7pm Neff Lecture Hall
Kleinman will be giving a talk titled “Care in Global Health: The Secret of Success in Implementing Humanitarian Assistance, Global Health and Social Development Programs."

Wednesday, April 11th

One Item, One Hour Presentation

3pm-4pm in Beeghly Library
Join the GAAW chairwomen in their exploration of archived library materials from the 1800's and the connection that they have with our current justice system. 

The Liberian Women's Chorus For Change: Documentary Viewing and Discussion

7pm Brumbaugh Academic Center, Alumni Hall (A100)
"The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change initiative connects artists, community members, scholars, social service and cultural workers and activists of different generations. Together, they consider how best to foster change through the respectful and innovative combining of folk and traditional arts with social justice activism. Individual Chorus members have lost children to war; some have asked soldiers, through music, to lay down their weapons." 
Learn more here

Thursday, April 12th

Hillel Freedom Seder

5pm Sill Boardroom, VLB
Come enjoy an adapted Seder service hosted by Juniata Hillel and listen to a distinguished speaker.

Liberian Women's Chorus For Change: A Live Performance

7pm Brumbaugh Academic Center, Alumni Hall (A100) 
"The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change brings the power of Liberian traditional song to the forefront of efforts to make communities safe and strong. Composed of renowned singers and dancers from Liberia -- Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete, and Tokay Tomah -- the Chorus inspires awareness and dialogue about domestic violence and other concerns of Philadelphia-area Liberian immigrants."
Learn more here 

Friday, April 13th

Community Dinner: A Space for Reflection and Student Presentation

6pm-8pm Stone Church of the Brethren 
Come enjoy a home cooked meal by the GAAW committee to close out the week. Student, Liliane Umuhoza, will present her work that she has done to support women survivors of genocide from her home country, Rwanda.
*Donations will be collected* 

Saturday, April 14th

Culminating Workshop with Matt Meyer

10am-4pm Sill Boardroom (Lunch provided) 
"Matt Meyer, in addition to being the current national co-chair of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and a former chair of the War Resisters League, is the UN representative of the International Peace Research Association."
*Limited space available, sign-up ahead of time*
Email parsosd14@juniata.edu with inquiries