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Marc Raboy on media and genocide

Submitted by Susana on

Professor Marc Raboy, Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications, was invited to participate in an interview for a short video completed as a class assignment by an undergraduate student group. The student group included Carolina Bisecco, Julie Chateauvert, Shanti Chopka and Raffi Povitz.

Interviews were conducted in Professor Norman F. Cornett’s class, Religion, Culture and Politics. The general theme of the class was a discussion on genocide with a specific focus on the Rwanda genocide. As part of the class, students read The Media and the Rwanda Genocide (Pluto Press/Fountain Publishers/IDRC 2007), edited by Allan Thompson.

The following guest lecturers were invited to the class:

Professor Frank Chalk

Yara El-Ghadban

Pauline Ngirumpatse

Professor Marc Raboy

Allan Thompson

Raffi Povitz and Shanti Chopka currently undergraduate students who both wish to pursue teaching degrees, share some concluding thoughts on the class project: “The group focused on the current events occurring in Darfur and their lack of representation in the media. The relationship between media and genocide is a topic that was discovered during a discussion premised on Allan Thompson's new book entitled The Media and the Rwanda Genocide. Despite being in two different geographic locations, Darfur is eerily reminiscent of Rwanda whereby genocide is occurring, governments are not acting and the media is not covering. The relationship between media and genocide is complex and our film introduces and explores a topic that we feel addresses the fundamental core of all social justice issues. Themes such as accessibility, censorship, education and true democracy are explored in Darfur: miXcommunications to demonstrate the immense gap between what people know and what is occurring in our global community. Despite there being a multiplicity of voices, miscommunication still occurs. We hope that this film will serve as a vehicle of knowledge to invoke action and positive change in the collective consciousness of the world”.

To view the short video completed by the student group, please click here.

To view Professor Raboy’s full-length interview, please click here.