The BCC Holocaust Center presented a program entitled "Crimes Against Humanity: Native American Genocide" in the Jackson Arts Center Auditorium on March 31, 2017 as part of its spring series. "Today we're going to be talking about a genocide that people don't think about that extended over a long period of time in our country's history," stated  BCC Holocaust Center Director Ron Weisburger. He then introduced Columbia University History Professor Dr. Karl Jacoby who gave an hour lecture entitled "A History of Violence, The Violence of History: Native American Genocide." His talk was followed by a panel composed of four local Native Americans, Mashantucket Pequot and Wampanoag tribal member Tall Oak Weeden, Aquinnah Wampanoag member Linda Coombs, Niantic Narragansett member Loren Spears, and Shinnecok and Montauk member Sheena Lee. Following questions from the audience and a break for lunch, tribal members led audience members in several traditional tribal dances. The Holocaust Center provides historical information, educational experiences, and multimedia resources to communicate the suffering, pain and deaths of innocent millions during the Holocaust and other genocides. Click here for a one-hour video of Dr. Jacoby's talk, here for a 90-minute video of the panel discussion, and here for a 37-minute video of the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers from Mashpee, Aquinnah and Herring Pond, MA.. Click here for photos of another Holocaust Center presentation. For more information, contact Center Director Ron Weisburger at 508-678-2811, Ext. 2444.

(Top row) BCC Holocaust Center Director Ron Weisberger welcomes the audience to the six-hour event at the Jackson Arts Center Auditorium at Bristol Community College. (Row two) College President Jack Sbrega praises the Center for brining attention to the various genocides that have occurred around the world before Columbia University History Professor Dr. Karl Jacoby speaks and introduces himself to tribal members Tall Oak Weeden and Linda Coombs. (Row three) Discussion panel moderator and loal historian Michael Simpson talks with Tall Oak before panel members Linda Coombs, Loren Spears and Sheena Lee speak. (Row four) The audience listens as tribal members drum at the instruction of Tall Oak. (Rows five and six) Tribal member Jonathan Peters leads a group of dancers on stage, including Jim Peters, center, and invites members of the audience to join them in several traditional dances..

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