Since 2013, Scottsdale Community College (SCC) has hosted Genocide Awareness Week, a time when thousands gather for lectures, exhibits and events where genocide survivors, scholars, politicians, activists, artists, humanitarians and law-enforcement officials share their knowledge about genocides that have occurred across the globe. This year’s Genocide Awareness Week takes place on April 17-22 with ongoing events that are free and open to the community.
“Phoenix is the fifth-largest city in the U.S., and it holds the largest conference on genocide in the nation at a community college,” said John Liffiton, co-founder of Genocide Awareness Week and SCC professor. “SCC has been ranked fourth-best in the nation for community colleges. [Genocide Awareness Week] is important as it validates those populations whose history has been unwittingly filled with violence; the American Indians, the Armenians, the Jews, and the Rwandans to name a few. It honors those who were murdered and, at the same time, makes their senseless deaths into something that can help mankind.”