Campus Events to Commemorate Sarajevo

Campus Events to Commemorate Sarajevo

Boston College will host a series of events beginning next week that will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the siege of the city of Sarajevo and remember victims of conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

"From Requiem to Renewal: A Decade of Balkan Conflict" will begin on Wednesday, April 3, with a benefit concert, "Sonatas of War and Peace," featuring Sarajevo-born composer Vuk Kulenovic at 7:30 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased in advance for $15 ($10 for students) from the Slavic and Eastern Languages Department and McElroy Commons box office, or at the door for $18 ($12 for students). Proceeds will be donated to Friends of Bosnia, which is undertaking reconstruction projects in former Yugoslavia.

On Friday, April 5, a panel discussion titled "Writing the Siege of Sarajevo: Poetry and Prose on the Bosnian War and Its Aftermath" will be held from 7-9 p.m. in Devlin 101. Admission is free.

A free lecture and symposium on April 6 will examine legal and social justice aspects of the conflict. "War Crimes, Forensic Science and International Justice," which takes place from 2-4 p.m. in Cushing 001, will feature Samantha Power, executive director of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy; Susannah Sirkin, deputy director of Physicians for Human Rights; and Anne-Marie Slaughter, J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School.

The Balkan conflict also is being commemorated through visual art. The photographic exhibitions "Selections from Zones of Separation: The Struggle for a Multi-ethnic Bosnia" and "Reconstructing Kosovo" are on display in the Social Work Library in McGuinn Hall, with accompanying text by Barbara Ayotte '86, now communications director for Physicians for Human Rights. In addition, posters made by artists and designers in Sarajevo can be viewed in the Academic Development Center of O'Neill Library.

The exhibitions will be in place through April 8.

Information on all events is available online.

-Sean Smith


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