WORKSHOPS/SEMINARS - Winter 2014
The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University is pleased to present a lecture by Professor Jan Grabowski about his recently published book:
Hunt for the Jews. Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland
Friday March 14, 2014
12 - 1:30 pm
George Rudé Seminar Room | LB-1014
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd W
Jan Grabowski is a professor of history at the University of Ottawa. His research interests focus on Jewish-Polish relations during the Holocaust. His publications have appeared in English, Polish, French, Hebrew and German. His latest book, Hunt for the Jews. Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland, was published in October 2013 by Indiana University Press.
REGISTRATION (required): http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/professor-jan-grabowski-lecture-tickets-10594621799
Past Workshops - Winter 2014
Google + Hang Out on the Global Humanitarian Twitterati
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, understanding that digital media revolution has transformed how we gather and share information to prevent and combat atrocity crimes, has mined the "twitterverse" to compile a global list of who's who in raising awareness online to protect vulnerable populations. We have assembled the world's first comprehensive list of the most active humanitarians on Twitter.
To launch the “Humanitarian Twitterati” MIGS is organizing a Google + Hang Out with people who are on our list, including Andrew Stroehlein (Human Rights Watch), John Hutson (@jonhutson), and Canadian journalist Geoffrey York, Africa Correspondent for the Globe and Mail. The event will be moderated by MIGS’ Kyle Matthews and will offer unique insight into how these professionals use Twitter to advance their work.
You will be able to ask questions on Twitter or through Google+ Hang Out's Q&A system.
Watch it here on Feb 18 at 1pm
Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy
Talk by Dr. Sophal Ear, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Friday, 21 February 2014
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Concordia University, 1400 de Maisonneuve, LB 1014
International intervention liberated Cambodia from pariah state status in the early 1990s and laid the foundations for more peaceful, representative rule. Yet the country’s social indicators and the integrity of its political institutions declined rapidly within a few short years, while inequality grew dramatically. International intervention and foreign aid resulted in higher maternal (and possibly infant and child) mortality rates and unprecedented corruption by the mid-2000s.
In his new book, Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2013), Dr. Ear argues that the more aid dependent a country, the more distorted its incentives to develop sustainably. Contrasting Cambodia’s clothing sector, with its rice and livestock sectors and internal handling of the avian flu epidemic, the international community’s role in preventing Cambodia from owning its national development is detailed. A postconflict state unable to refuse aid, Cambodia is rife with trial-and-error donor experiments and their unintended consequences, such as bad governance and poor domestic and tax revenue performance—a major factor curbing sustainable, nationally-owned growth. Dr. Ear will discuss these factors and others in the context of Cambodia's recent July election and its implications for the country.
Sophal Ear, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School where he teaches courses on political economy and post-conflict reconstruction. Prior to joining NPS, he taught international development at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He is a TED Fellow (2009), Fulbright Specialist (Chulalongkorn University, 2010), Council on Foreign Relations Term Member (2011), Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (2011), a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar (2012), an Independent Trustee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation (2012), and a Trustee of Partners for Development (2013). Dr. Ear also serves as Vice-Chair of Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program, a non-profit that builds laboratory capacity in the developing world. He advises the Master of Development Studies Program at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and is on the Boards of the Journal of International Relations and Development (Palgrave), the International Public Management Journal (Taylor & Francis) and Journal of South-East Asian American Education & Advancement (University of Texas). He is the author of Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2013) and co-author of The Hungry Dragon: How China’s Resources Quest is Reshaping the World (Routledge, 2013). He wrote and narrated the award-winning documentary film "The End/Beginning: Cambodia" (47 minutes, 2011) based on his 2009 TED Talk. Previously, he worked for the World Bank and the United Nations, and was an advisor for the private equity funds Leopard Capital (Cambodia) and MPIF (Macau). A graduate of Princeton and Berkeley, he moved to the United States from France as a Cambodian refugee at the age of 10.
Boot Camp: Twitter for Human rights
When: 31 January, 2-4pm
Where : Concordia University, CEREV Lab
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd W
Room LB 671.10
Montreal, QC H3G 1M8
As part of its Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab,
MIGS is organizing a Twitter Boot Camp for Human Rights Advocacy, a
2-hour crash course to introduce you to the basics, purpose and
potentials of Twitter. At first glance, Twitter may seem easy to use
but it can be an intimidating conversation to join.
is an invaluable medium for non-profits such as MIGS to call attention
to causes and promote social change at the local and at the global
level. MIGS has acquired a good sense of how people are using Twitter
and why you should be using it. We have tapped into Twitter to get
breaking news, share updates on our activities, engage with partners
around the world, keep the “Twittosphere” informed on crisis situations
and mass atrocity crimes, call people to action, and solicit
of the session is to learn the basics of Twitter, learn how to make it
an effective tool for your advocacy goals, put together a Twitter
strategy and get connected with the right people.
Find out more on our Event page
Registration in mandatory
Esther Brimmer: President Obama and the United Nations
How the Obama administration has re-oriented U.S. foreign policy toward the UN over the last 5 years
When: 10 January, 9.30-11 am
Where: De Sève Cinema, Webster Library Building- Concordia University, 1400 Maisonneuve Blvd W.
Esther Brimmer, former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, will speak about her experience working for the Obama administration with regards to the United Nations.
She is currently the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
Dr. Brimmer's career includes serving at the U.S. Department of State three times, most recently as the Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs in from April 2009 to June 2013. She was a member of the Policy Planning Staff from 1999-2001 and from 1993-1995 was special assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.
This event is organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University's Political Science Department and the U.S. Consulate in Montreal.
Registration is mandatory