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“Genocides Are Processes, Not Events”: Discussion with Kerry Whigham

Smaller Narratives for a Larger World
Smaller Narratives for a Larger World
“Genocides Are Processes, Not Events”: Discussion with Kerry Whigham

There’s this precept by the philosopher George Santayana that gets said again and again: “He who does not remember the past is condemned to repeat it” and I think that is an incredibly naive point of view of memory. It requires a lot more than just remembering in order to stop something from recurring.

In this episode, Kerry and Cole talk about mass atrocities prevention, Auschwitz, the 1978 FIFA World Cup, the “US as WWII hero” narrative, and so much more. Kerry breaks down how genocides begin long before the violence peaks, how it’s easier than we think to become an oppressor, and the ways in which we can all do something to help our fellows.

Kerry Whigham is Assistant Professor of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at Binghamton University’s Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP). In addition to his academic work, he is the Director of Research and Online Education at the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities , an international non-governmental organization that works with over 90 countries around the world on creating public policy for the protection of vulnerable groups and the prevention of mass atrocities.

For more information please visit:

Kerry’s website

Kerry’s Book: Resonant Violence: Affect, Memory, and Activism in Post-Genocide Societies

Campaign for Uyghurs

James Waller’s Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killings

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