The second annual Initiative for Moral Courage symposium at San Diego State University will begin today, with a focus on the 1992-95 Bosnian War.
Today’s events, at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, are scheduled to include talks about humanitarian aid by various religious and ethnic groups to a Jewish center in Sarajevo, efforts by Muslims to save an ancient Jewish manuscript and a screening of a film about 16 women who were raped while imprisoned.
A photography exhibit on the Jewish center in Sarajevo will also open today at SDSU’s Love Library. The symposium is sponsored by the university’s Jewish Studies program.
The event continues Monday night with the screening of “Grbavica: Land of My Dreams,” about the long-term effects of war on a woman and her daughter.
The Bosnian conflict resulted from the breakup of Yugoslavia into smaller, more ethnically homogenous nations. Various sources estimate that more than 100,000 people were killed, much of it due to ethnic cleansing.