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Each year, approximately 400,000 Central Americans enter Mexico “irregularly,” using unofficial entry points. The vast majority are fleeing the extreme violence in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, countries whose murder rates consistently rank among the world’s highest. Most hope to obtain asylum in the U.S., but that’s now becoming virtually impossible.
Americans often wonder why people would choose to take such a dangerous journey. A volunteer in a Mexican shelter summarized it this way: “They think, ‘If I stay in my home country, I will die. If I go, I may die.’ They choose between certain and possible death.”
Follow the trail of these migrant lives as documented in photographs by Joseph Sorrentino under the auspices of the Puffin Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism and The Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute.Find out more »
Between 2000 and 2007, a far-right terrorist group known as the National Socialist Underground (NSU) murdered ten people in Germany, nine of them of immigrant backgrounds. The group’s racist and neofascist ideology echoed the belief systems of other right-wing organizations, including the white supremacist Blood and Honour. In 2011, after a failed bank robbery, two members of the NSU committed suicide while the third member, Beate Zschäpe, turned herself in. In the ensuing trial, which ended in July, it became clear that German intelligence agencies had known of and even colluded with the NSU. The failures of the security authorities to stop the group’s crimes highlights the persistence of structural racism in Germany.
Written and performed as documentary theater, The NSU Monologues features the words of three relatives of the NSU’s victims: Elif Kubaşık, Adile Şimşek, and İsmail Yozgat. The stories of Elif, Adile, and İsmail testify to the survivors’ courage and determination. Whether they marched at the head of a funeral procession, organized demonstrations, or demanded that a street be renamed in the victims’ memory, their small acts defied the narrow “official” accounts of German authorities. With their testimonies, they reclaim a space for a historically accountable and anti-racist mode of remembrance.
This performance will feature the work of Bard German Studies students, who have translated the original German-language script into English.Find out more »
The Human Rights Project and the Bard Center for the Study of Hate invite you to join us for a talk and discussion on Hate and Otherizing: The Psychology of Perpetrator Behavior with Dr. James Waller Cohen Endowed Chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College and featuring presentations by Artun Ak '19 and Britt Shacham '18 2018 Rosenberg Internship Award recipients date: Thursday, October 25th time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM venue: Olin 101 Dr. James Waller is…Find out more »
The Human Rights Project and the Hannah Arendt Center invite you to join us for a screening of NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL (2018, 61 mins.) Followed by Q&A and discussion with filmmaker Richard Ledes and Bard students who work with Samos Volunteers Richard Ledes is the director and producer of the new film, NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL. It is a documentary about refugees currently detained on the Greek island of Lesvos. They are indefinitely awaiting a decision from the European…Find out more »