Lecture and Film
(Oakdale, N.Y.) As part of Dowling College’s Annual Theme of America Past & Present, cinematographer David Pettigrew will be presenting a lecture and film, discussing the Geography of Genocide in Bosnia on Tuesday, October 5th at 2:30 in the Fortunoff Hall Hunt Room at the Rudolph Campus in Oakdale. David Pettigrew’s 50-minute film is titled, “The Geography of Genocide in Bosnia: Redeeming the Earth” and has had limited select screenings at conferences and universities around the world.
After the film, cinematographer David Pettigrew will be discussing the film that he created with filmmaker, Johan Quickmire Pettigrew. “The Geography of Genocide in Bosnia: Redeeming the Earth” explores the extent to which the perpetrators of the genocide in Bosnia (1992-1995) violently transformed the terrain. They destroyed natal villages and razed over 1,000 Mosques and other cultural institutions. In many cases, they replaced Mosques with Serbian Orthodox Churches. In addition, they murdered more than 70,000 Bosnian Muslims and attempted to hide the evidence in more than 350 mass graves that scar the landscape. Approximately 2 million Bosnian Muslims were forced into exile. Today, this genocidal geography has imposed a dehumanizing zone of exclusion in the form of the political entity named Republika Srpska, a zone of exclusion to which, the film suggests, a “geography of justice” must respond.
David Pettigrew is a professor of Philosophy at Southern CT State University where he has taught since 1987. He teaches and writes about ethical responses to genocide. He created a genocide studies website for his students: “Ethical Responses to Genocide” http://home.southernct.edu/~pettigrewd1/index.html His recent authored essays have been published in English, French and Arabic. He has co-edited or co-translated ten books on contemporary European philosophy and psychoanalysis. He is co-director of a book series with SUNY Press devoted to Contemporary French Thought and serves as a member of the International Team of Expects for the Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada, http://www.instituteforgenocide.ca/
About Dowling…The Personal College
Dowling College is an independent, coeducational college that serves more than 6,000 students at its historic Rudolph Campus on the banks of the Connetquot River in Oakdale, NY, and the 105-acre Brookhaven Campus in eastern Long Island and a business center located near the Nassau-Suffolk border in Melville. Dowling offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in several disciplines through its four schools: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Education.