Today is the 56th anniversary of the premier of Star Trek. Unique among Human Rights Studies programs globally, at UC Davis we emphasize the role of literature, the arts, music and film and television in human rights thought, practice and advocacy.
This week brings the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, when a militant Islamist organization, al-Qaeda, mounted a series of terrorist attacks on US soil, murdering thousands. The American government’s response to those attacks over the last two decades, primarily its “War on Terror,” and the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, left deep scars on global human rights.
April is Genocide Awareness Month: In the Face of Ongoing and Unacknowledged Genocides, What Does this April Mean?
Listen to Dr. Watenpaugh talk about Genocide Awareness Month on CapRadio.
It’s a tough juxtaposition.
April in Northern California is our most beautiful month. The poppies are in bloom. The vineyards are turning green. Students spread blankets on the Quad and study and sleep under a warming Sun. We experience Aprils, especially this April, as a time of renewal and rebirth.