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Holocaust Remembrance

Holocaust Remembrance

January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day (chosen as the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp), a time to commemorate and honor the victims of one of the worst genocides in the entirety of human history. The ramifications of human evil displayed in the Holocaust changed the world’s understanding of and responses to genocides, and memory of this horror has influenced virtually all responses to genocides since, from Indonesia to Cambodia to Sudan to Bosnia. This pivotal point in history has thus been the topic of significant vital scholarship, from those grappling to understand evil to those hoping to improve humanity’s moral bearing. IU East is a participant in this scholarly endeavor, with several upcoming events occurring … Continued
We Remember Four Little Girls

We Remember Four Little Girls

In 1963, on September 15th, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed by members of the Klu Klux Klan. Five young girls were preparing for church services in the basement when the bomb went off, killing four of them, and injuring many others of the congregation. During the 1960’s Birmingham, Alabama was one of the nation’s most segregated cities and had one the strongest and most violent KKK chapters. Racial tension was extreme and because of this, several civil right leaders made Birmingham the focus of many efforts to desegregate the South. Unfortunately, these efforts made Birmingham a dangerous place, earning the nickname “Bomingham” for as many as 80 bombs had been set off within the city … Continued
Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 – October 15, 2012 *Art Exhibits * Service Learning * Film * Poetry * Visiting Authors* National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed in America each year, from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. This observation also honors Mexico, Chile, and five Central American countries, who all celebrate their independence in September :Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Beginning in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, the observation was extended by Congress twenty years later to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15. Upon the approval of Public Law 100-402, National … Continued