Lecture on Rwandan genocide set for April 17

Kate E. Temoney, assistant professor of religion at Montclair State University, will speak Monday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in Room 130 of Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center as part of the Jerry Jackson Lectures in the Humanities series.

Her topic will be “When Killers Become Victims: The 1994 Rwandan Genocide and Mythology” and the event is free and open to the public. The lecture will feature images from the genocide, some of which are graphic in nature.

Kate E. Temoney

Temoney is broadly trained as a comparative religious ethicist and is interested in patterns of reasoning and behavior that are coded as “religious,” especially among individuals and groups seeking to justify violent actions. Her current research focuses on the intersections of genocide, religion and sexual violence during the Rwandan and Bosnian genocides. Other areas of interest include human rights, the just war tradition, Buddhist applied ethics and Jewish applied ethics. Temoney is most recently the author of “The 1994 Rwandan Genocide: The Religion/Genocide Nexus, Sexual Violence, and the Future of Genocide Studies” in the December issue of Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal.

Jerry Jackson was an assistant professor of philosophy at WCU from 1982 to 1985, when he was killed in an automobile accident. The lecture series that carries his name is co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Honors College.

The Temoney lecture will have additional support from the departments of History, Anthropology and Sociology, and World Languages, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Provost. A reception hosted by the Honors College will follow the April 17 lecture.

For more information about this lecture or the series, contact John Whitmire at jwhitmire@email.wcu.edu or 828-227-7262.