The University of Maine at Augusta, Colby College, and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine will jointly cosponsor a free international conference to explore and advance awareness of gendered issues as it relates to human rights abuses on Oct. 9 and 10. Exploring Women’s Tesitmony: Genocide, War, Revolution, The Holocaust and Human Rights will explore the unique tapestries of women’s experiences as they recount and tell stories, and the fluctuation of memory.

The program begins Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Michael Klahr Center of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine on the campus of UMA. Four panels and presentations will be held during the day focusing on issues of women’s voices of the Holocaust, testimony in cinematic narrative, digital circulation and memorialization, and Art and the Representation of Women’s Trauma.

Following a dinner break, the evening will feature a lecture/play reading of Joyce Van Dyke’s “Deported/A Dream Story,” a play focusing on the Armenian genocide. The event will be led by the author.

On Friday, Oct. 10, the conference will shift to Colby College, in Waterville, where the panels and planned presentations include: Worldwide Perspectives: Women’s Voices, Voices from Rwanda, and The United States: Retelling American Women’s Lost Voices.

The event will conclude with a reception at the Colby Museum of Art.

For more information, the complete schedule, or to register for this free conference, visit or email [email protected].