2011 Conference Speaker Biographies (from original site)

About The Speakers:

Welcome: James Smith, Aegis Trust

Dr. James Smith is co-founder and Chief Executive of the Aegis Trust, both in the UK and Rwanda. During the crisis in Kosovo in 1999, Dr. Smith initiated the East Midlands Kosovo Appeal and worked with the International Medical Corps in Albania and Kosovo as a volunteer physician. (He is a medical doctor, qualified Leeds, 1993). Dr Smith worked with the Rwandan Government and Kigali City Council to develop the Kigali Memorial Centre in 2004. Hundreds of thousands of genocide victims are buried there. The site is now an internationally renowned educational exhibition and documentation centre. He is also co-founder of the UK Holocaust Memorial and Educational Centre, where the lessons of history are applied to the prevention of mass atrocities and is visited by over six hundred students each week.

What You Do Matters- Andrew Beiter

 Andrew Beiter is an 8th Grade Social Studies teacher at Springville Middle School in Springville, New York. Mr. Beiter is co-director of the nonprofit organization Educators Institute for Human Rights.  Graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Political Philosophy from Michigan State University and a Master's degree in Education from Fredonia State College, Mr. Beiter is a Regional Education Coordinator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a Teacher Fellow for the Lowell Milken Center for Tolerance in Kansas, and the Director for the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies in Buffalo, New York, which was the national winner of the 2009 Francois Manchuelle Award from the Association of African Studies Programs.. 

As a board member for Buffalo for Africa and the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, he has organized numerous workshops on human rights and genocide prevention, studying these topics in Germany, Poland, and in Rwanda with humanitarian Carl Wilkens.  Drew was the national winner of the 2008 Irena Sendler Award for Repairing the World, the 2009 Toby Ticktin Back Award for Holocaust Education, and the 2009 New York State United Teachers Local Leadership Award. He is the proud parent of Margaret and Mitchell Beiter, and has been married for 15 years to his wife Mary, living in Hamburg, New York.  

Conference Overview: Mark Gudgel

Mark Gudgel is a professional educator of Literature and Holocaust Studies at Lincoln Southwest High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. Mr. Gudgel is the co-director of the nonprofit organization Educators Institute for Human Rights.  He earned a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nebraska in 2004, a Master's degree in Theology from Grace University in 2009, and is presently working on a doctoral degree in Character Education.  Gudgel has studied genocide and human rights in such places as Israel, Poland, Rwanda, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom.  . 

A fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Imperial War Museum of London, he is the author of two books, no/sixteenths and Accessing Darfur, a teachers' guide to addressing the ongoing genocide in Sudan.    Mark is also the author of more than a dozen articles, published in Teaching Tolerance, Prairie Fire, Relevant Magazine and others, and ranging in topic from education and pedagogy to the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and social justice issues.  He presently lives in Lincoln, Nebraska

  • “Genocide And Children; Education In Rwanda” – Aloys Mahwa

 Aloys Mahwa is an Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center (IGSC) a collaborative of Rwandan and International Scholars founded in 2005 to reinforce researches to prevent mass violence, genocide and promote human rights through interdisciplinary approaches. Graduated in Development and Project Management (Catholic University of Central Africa), Aloys Mahwa has also a BA in Philosophy from the Jesuit Faculties of Paris (Centre Sèvres). Aloys Mahwa's research works and consultancies are based on Post-genocide studies, Economie, Management, Education, Gender studies and Health Financing. I also lecture at the Center for Cultural, Gender Studies and Development at KIE (Kigali Institute of Management).

Teaching The Holocaust,  Pete Fredlake, USHMM

Peter Fredlake is the Director of National Outreach for Teacher Initiatives at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. In that role he coordinates training opportunities for teachers in the United States, which in the last year reached nearly 4,000 educators. Before accepting his current position in 2005, Peter taught secondary school English in Arizona for 30 years in which he emphasized the study of the Holocaust in his classes.. His current interests include integrating the study of contemporary genocide into the study of the Holocaust, and evaluating the impact of learning about the Holocaust on students. Peter and his wife, Mary, live in Washington, DC. They have three children and one grandchild.

Private Guided Tour Of The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre: Freddy Mutanguha

Freddy Mutanguha is a survivor of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi and is currently  the director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center (KMC) in Rwanda.  A coordinating member of Aegis Trust, he was one of the people in charge of coordinating countrywide events for the  15th commemoration ceremony of the genocide in 2009. Having taken both President George W. Bush and Chelsea Clinton on tours of the memorial center, he is a continual symbol of hope for survivors across Rwanda. "I want to help other survivors as we join together to fight against the consequences of the genocide. I dream of a developed Rwanda and I’m determined to fight all genocidal ideologies.  I want to see us build our nation. We can only do that if we consider the younger generations.". 

"The Study Of Genocide And Humanities In Rwanda Today"- Jean-Pierre Karegeye

Jean-Pierre Karegeye is an Assistant professor, recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. Trained in Social ethics, philosophy, African Linguistics and literary analysis and theory, he specializes in African literature. His research focuses on the 1994 Rwandan genocide in literature in dialogue with ethical, political and philosophical discourses. He is the co-founder of IGSC (the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center) in Kigali, Rwanda. Publications include edited books: L’Eglise catholique à l’épreuve du génocide (Africana, 2000), Récits du génocide, traversée de la mémoire (Espace de Libertés, 2009).

"Holocaust Remembrance And Genocide Prevention" -Kimberly Mann

Kimberly Mann has been the manager of the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme at United Nations Headquarters in New York since the Programme began in January 2006.  She develops educational materials, organizes seminars, briefings and other events, and leads a global campaign to raise awareness of the lessons of the Holocaust and draw links between this history and the promotion of human rights and democratic values today.

Since joining the United Nations in 1993, Ms. Mann has held several positions in the Department of Public Information, including chief of special projects, manager of the United Nations Messengers of Peace Programme, and desk officer for the information centres in Africa.  Prior to her work at the United Nations, she worked for various public relations firms as well as for nonprofit organizations. She holds a B.A. in history and an M.A. in linguistics from the University of South Carolina.

"Teaching The Literature Of The 1994 Genocide Against Tutsi"- Aimable Twagilimana

Professor Aimable Twagilimana works at Buffalo State, the State University of New York where his teaching and research interests are in African American literature and theory, world literature (with focus on African Diaspora literatures), postcolonial literature and theory, genocide studies, ethnic studies (covering Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo), and literatures of Continental Europe (France, Italy, and Germany). He was the 2008-2009 Chair of the Association of African Studies Programs (AASP). He is also director of the African and African American Studies Interdisciplinary Unit at his current institution. Dr. Twagilimana has degrees from the National University of Rwanda, the University of Reading (United Kingdom), and the State University of New York at Buffalo. A native of Rwanda, he came to the US in July 1992 on a student Fulbright scholarship. In 2008-2009 he returned to Africa, this time as a US Senior Fulbright scholar to Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal.  He is the author of Historical Dictionary of Rwanda (new edition) (The Scarecrow Press, 2007), The Debris of Ham: Ethnicity, Regionalism and the 1994 Rwanda Genocide (University Press of America, 2003), Race and Gender in the Making of an African American Literary Tradition (Routledge, 1997) He has received awards and scholarships from the Fulbright program, the British Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.

"Useless Eaters-Historical And Contemporary Treatment Of The Disabled"- Mark Mostert


Dr. Mark Mostert is CEO of Disability Consultants International (DCI), a company that comes alongside international partners to conceive, develop, implement, and evaluate projects to benefit people with disabilities in their home country. DCI also provides state-of-the-art training in disability awareness for companies to access the buying power of more than 700 million people with disabilities worldwide.  

"Janus Korczak"- Jonathan Salt

  Jonathan Salt was born in Cambridge UK in 1964.  Having completed his school education he studied Theology and Philosophy at the University of Innsbruck and lived in the international community of the Canisianum.  Returning to the UK in 1990 he was ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest.  Five years later he 'retired' from active ministry and, after a couple of years living and working in London, he trained as a secondary school teacher in Religious Education.  In 2001 Jonathan established the St. Ives Youth Theatre, Cambridgeshire's leading theatre company for young people, and is currently its Artistic Director.  In 2005 he staged the musical 'Korczak'.  This was life-changing in so many ways.  In 2007 he established Ojemba Travel, and now works closely with the education department at the State Memorial Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, to provide an in-depth educational experience for young people visiting the former concentration camp.  After graduating as a Fellow of the Imperial War Museum London in Holocaust Education, Jonathan continues to work in the field of Holocaust Education, and is currently preparing for another production of the musical 'Korczak' in 2012 as well as a one-man theatre production about the inspiring Polish educator.  He continues his work of producing edgy and challenging theatre with the St. Ives Youth Theatre and works in various schools and a prison education department.  This is his first visit to Rwanda.  

"Irene Sendler"- Kinga Krzeminska

Kinga Krzeminska, born 1984, in Warsaw, Poland, did her master in Cultural Studies at Warsaw University. Her master thesis focused on representations of the Holocaust in the popular culture. While writing her master she became a personal translator of Irena Sendler, woman who, during the WWII, saved 2500 Jewish children from a certain death in Warsaw Ghetto by smuggling them to save places.  After Irena Sendler’s death in 2008 Kinga made an internship in The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. Her internship focused on research  and interpretation of artifacts and translations of personal diaries and documents. Later that year she traveled with American education project: Life in a Jar, whose mission is to tell Irena Sendler story in the US. The project is part of Lowell Milken Center, that supports educational school projects concerning unraveling stories of unsung heroes, who fought for tolerance.  Since 2008 Krzeminska works as a screenwriter and script-editor. In the same time, she established and NGO named Propaganda Foundation, that aim is to promote and create cultural and educational events.

"I'm Not Leaving"- Carl Wilkens

 As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide was launched in April 1994, Carl refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church and the United States government. Thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. Carl was the only American to remain in the country. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. His actions saved the lives of hundreds. 
    Carl returned to the United States in 1996. After being featured in the 2004 PBS Frontline documentary, "Ghosts of Rwanda", about the Rwanda genocide, he began to receive letters, phone calls and offers from teachers around the country to come and share his experiences with students.
    In January 2008, with no end in sight to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan, Carl decided quit his job and dedicate himself full time to accepting these invitations.  He and his wife Teresa have since formed an educational nonprofit, World Outside My Shoes, to facilitate this important work. Carl uses a storytelling format to talk about the genocide and the treacherous thinking that says we can solve a problem by excluding someone.  Surviving is more than just staying alive; surviving is learning how to live.