Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing




The Museum of Tolerance and the Auschwitz Institute invite you to

Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing

An Evening with Author Dr. James Waller

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dr. James Waller is the Academic Programs Director of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College.

In this lecture, Dr. James Waller uncovers the internal and external factors that can lead ordinary people to commit extraordinary acts of evil and debunks the common explanations for genocide—specifically, group think, psychopathology, or unique cultures. Waller offers a more sophisticated and comprehensive psychological view of how anyone can potentially participate in heinous crimes against humanity. He outlines the evolutionary forces that shape human nature, the individual dispositions that are more likely to engage in acts of evil, and the context of cruelty in which these extraordinary acts can emerge.

Dr. James Waller joined the Auschwitz Institute staff July 2012 as Academic Programs Director. From 2008 to 2012, he held the position of AIPR Affiliated Scholar, as well as Curriculum Coordinator for the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention. He continues to serve as an instructor at the Lemkin Seminar series. In March 2010, Waller was named Cohen Professor for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His book on perpetrators of genocide, Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (Oxford University Press, 2002), was released by Oxford in a revised and updated second edition in 2007 and is scheduled for a third edition release in 2014. His fieldwork has included research in Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and Argentina.

$15 - General Admission.


Seating is limited. Registration is required.

For more information contact Melissa Hooper via email or call (212) 697-1180 ext. 102




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