Saint Louis, Mo. - An exhibit that originated in St. Louis - in part, on the campus of Fontbonne University - is traveling to the nation's capitol this month. Titled "Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide," this multimedia exhibit will be displayed on Capital Hill Feb. 26. Hosted by the Congressional Caucus on Bosnia, in cooperation with the Bosniak American Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina, it focuses on the genocide that occurred during the Bosnian war in the mid-1990s, with special attention given to the Bosnian city of Prijedor.
A video documentary, interview transcriptions and other exhibit content were created as a long-term research project by students in a 2007 Fontbonne honors class, and resulted from extensive collaboration between the Union of Citizens of the Municipality of Prijedor, the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, Fontbonne University and the American Red Cross of St. Louis. As part of their coursework, the students conducted video-recorded interviews of genocide survivors from Prijedor who are now living in St. Louis.
The exhibit will be introduced during an opening program and reception featuring keynote speakers Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ). Guest speakers will also include Dr. Benjamin Moore, chair of the Fontbonne English and communication department and contributor to the multimedia exhibit, and Amir Karadzic of the Union of Citizens of the Municipality of Prijedor in St. Louis, a leader and contributor to the exhibit.
"Students who participated in the project have said that the experience has been transformative," Moore said. "Our hope is that through increased exposure, more people will be informed about this dark event in human history and touched by the acts of courage that emerged from it."
Fontbonne's contribution to this exhibit is part of the university's ongoing Bosnia Memory Project, dedicated to establishing an enduring record of the experiences of Bosnian immigrants in St. Louis. The exhibit uses interviews, text, photographs, maps and video to tell the story of genocide in the Bosnian city of Prijedor between 1992 and 1995.
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