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Loyola speaker series to explore genocide, slavery, and racial justice

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Loyola University Maryland will hold its annual Bunting Peace and Justice Speaker Series, which brings leaders, scholars, and activists to Loyola to address timely issues at the intersection of peace and justice. Speakers in February, March, and April will explore genocide, slavery, and racial justice.

The speaker series is made possible by a gift from Mary Catherine Bunting. The lectures will take place in the Andrew White Student Center on Loyola’s campus at 4501 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. They are free and open to the public.

“Surviving the Bosnian Genocide: Lessons from Srebrenica”
Hasan Hasanović
Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
4th Floor Program Room

Born in Serbia, Hasan Hasanović is the head of oral history at the Srebrenica-Potočari Genocide Memorial Center in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he shares his story of surviving the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at the hands of Bosnian Serb forces. Following the war, Hasanović worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army and earned a degree in criminal sciences before joining the memorial center as a curator.

“The 272: The Families Who Were Enslaved and Sold to Build the American Catholic Church”
Rachel L. Swarns
March 21 at 6 p.m.
McGuire Hall West

Rachel L. Swarns is a journalist, author, and associate professor at New York University who investigates the history of American slavery and how it shapes the nation today. Swarns’ most recent book, The 272: The Families Who Were Enslaved and Sold to Build the American Catholic Church, tells the story of the nearly 300 enslaved people who were sold by a group of America’s most prominent Catholic priests to fund what would become Georgetown University.

“Truth-telling, Racial Justice and Healing in the United States”
Fania E. Davis, Ph.D., J.D.
April 2 at 5 p.m.
McGuire Hall West

Fania E. Davis, Ph.D., J.D., is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, professor, and scholar with a doctorate in indigenous knowledge. She was active in the Civil Rights, Black liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, anti-racial violence and anti-apartheid movements. Founding director of Restorative Justice of Oakland Youth, she has received numerous honors for her work.

To learn more about the speaker series and register for a lecture, visit the Bunting Peace and Justice Speaker Series website.