Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Genocides of the 20th Century Compared, Discussed at Annual A&M-Kingsville Faculty Lecture April 17

KINGSVILLE - April 03, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Free public event takes place at 7 p.m. in Nierman Hall, room 251

The term genocide is heard often, but its definition and use have become muddied by governments, the media and others. Genocide as it relates to Nazi Germany, Rwanda, Cambodia and elsewhere will be explored at the annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Faculty Lecture, happening at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in room 251 of Nierman Hall.

Dr. Brenda Melendy, associate professor of history, will give the presentation, “Refocusing the Commemoration of Genocide: A Comparative Approach.” In it, Melendy will examine similarities and differences in the structures often present in genocides, as well as how genocides figure into national identity and how they are remembered.

The public is invited to attend this free event.

Melendy has been with A&M-Kingsville since August 1999.  In that time, she was named by Texas Monthly as one of three teachers of Best Classes at Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2004.  Some of her other awards and honors include the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Fellowship Award; the Be All You Can Be Faculty Mentor and Role Model Awards at A&M-Kingsville; and a nominee for the Distinguished Teaching Award at A&M-Kingsville.

Previous teaching positions for Melendy include instructor at Evergreen Valley College and serving as a teaching fellow and lecturer at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Melendy has been published in World History Review, German Studies Review, The Social Studies Texan and The Stanford Humanities Review, among others.

She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.A. in history from San Jose State University and a B.A. in American studies from Stanford University.

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