Holocaust Expert to Lecture on Psychology of Genocide

November 17, 2011 – Dr. James Waller, professor and Cohen Chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire, will come to Dutchess Community College on Thursday, Dec. 8 to discuss “Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing.” The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the James and Betty Hall Theatre, and is free and open to the public.

In Waller’s presentation, and book of the same name, he explores both historic and current acts of genocide and the multiple factors that influence human behavior and can lead to acts of mass killing.

His book, the second edition of which was released in 2007, was short-listed for the biennial Raphael Lemkin Award from the International Association of Genocide Scholars. In addition, Publisher’s Weekly praised the book for “clearly and effectively synthesizing a wide range of studies to develop an original and persuasive model of the process by which people can become evil.”

Waller was invited to campus by DCC History Professor Dr. Werner Steger, recipient of the Greenspan Trust-Handel Foundation Endowed Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The event is sponsored by the DCC Foundation.

Waller is a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, the International Network of Genocide Scholars, the International Society of Political Psychology, the Peace and Justice Studies Association, Psychologists for Social Responsibility and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

For more information, call the DCC Foundation at (845) 431-8400 .

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