Ugly Subject

Tonight at 7, Victoria Holt delves into a subject that most people don’t like to think about: genocide. Holt, a senior associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, D.C., is an expert on the topic. She co-directs the Future of Peace Operations Program, which is part think tank, part nonprofit outreach. Tonight at the University of St. Mary (4100 South Fourth Street in Leavenworth), she’ll discuss the causes of genocide and what can be done to prevent future conflicts in her lecture tonight, “Contemporary Genocide: Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo.Holt’s presentation is the second in the St. Mary lecture series “Despair, Death & Denial: Genocide in the Contemporary Era.” The third event, on April 17, will focus on Darfur and include a panel of St. Mary students from the school’s Advanced International Peace Building course. “Most Americans often don’t understand the why of genocide,” says George Steger, director of St. Mary’s Global Studies Institute. “We hope the series will help to raise awareness.” For more information, call 913-758-6117 or see gsi.stmary.edu.

Thu., March 27, 7 p.m., 2008