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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 4 comments on BU Launches New Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Major

  1. I am excited to see the progress of this course/major.

    For some reason, I was hoping to to see a more expansive and provocative course listing for the HGHRS major. Maybe in the future, we’ll see something along the lines of:

    The Politics of Genocide – Why states refuse to recognize genocide or accept the occurrence of genocide? Why states refuse to prevent genocide in a timely manner?

    Course work covering the genocide of indigenous peoples is a must (and, unless I missed it, shamefully absent from the listed course requirements). This would cover: European/Canadian genocide of the First Nations peoples, European/US genocide of Native Americans in the US portion of North America, European/Australian genocide of the Aborigines, Russian genocide of ethnic minorities during the imperial period, Chinese genocide of Tibetans and Uyghurs, etc. There are way too many to list, but it would essentially explore the various types of genocide, to include historic and ongoing cultural genocide, against the indigenous groups/peoples in Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas.

    Why was genocide of indigenous peoples left out in the first place? Early colonial genocides against Native Americans occurred in Massachusetts. The Nazis were partially inspired by the British treatment of Indians before and during the Raj and US treatment of Native Americans.

    “The Holocaust was not the first genocide. There have been genocides ever since Armenia.”

    Ooof. Not off to a good start. The Herero and Namaqua (Nama) Genocide in present day Namibia was the “first genocide of the 20th century,” occurring between 1904 and 1908, preceded the Armenian Genocide.

    Regardless, keep improving and “advancing human progress.”

  2. This is wonderful. As always BU is ahead of the curve in making these necessary and important studies, especially with the now threat to our Democracy, as an academic study! Then to apply it!

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