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I Should Probably Say This First:

Sometimes I use humor when I get sad or uncomfortable. I’m fully aware that genocide and mass murder and killing people isn’t funny or something to be sarcastic about but as I’m writing I’m realizing that I’m saying “cool” and “great” and “lol” a lot 

Class Discussion Notes from Nov. 16 (More on Cambodia)

French imperialism explains Why everyone studied in France There are a lot of Vietnamese Catholics French Indochina (now Southeast Asia) (1884-1950’s) Laos Cambodia Vietnam WWII Japan occupied all of this area- Greater Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere Trying to kick out European Colonialism French: Indochina British: Hong 

Guidelines for a 10-minute Presentation

  • Not too much text on your powerpoint/prezi
  • Integrate the image with the text
  • Maps, photos, videos, cartoons, all good images
  • Don’t read the paper
  • Handouts are welcome


  • Clarity of thesis
  • Organization and development of the argument
    • A well-organized argument
      • Every sentence should be grammatically perfect
      • Don’t make unprovable arguments- but you can cite others’ arguments and comment on them
        • ex. “The Hutus hated the Tutsis” is an argument you can’t make but one that you can comment on
      • Make every statement lead into the next statement- TRANSITIONS
      • In the construction of an argument, each sentence should naturally flow into the next sentence. Don’t make any huge jumps between sentences
  • Historical detail and accuracy!
    • Detail: how small the argument is- how precise it is
    • Also about the information that you’re presenting
  • Delivery
    • Overcompensate for speaking
    • Vary sentence length to keep audience engaged (in presentation and in writing)
  • Assume your audience is smart but knows nothing about your topic
  • Your audience can’t reread your presentation
  • Background is descriptive- do spend time on background but not so much that you distract from your argument
  • Presentation is more approachable than the paper which is more technical
  • Conclusion- come up with a clear, structured ending. Talk about broader implications (why we should care)
  • Visual aids- be clear and simple
    • Illustrate your points
    • Never use a visual aid without telling the audience when to refer to it
    • Powerpoints are a potential trap
  • The more that’s going on, the more can go wrong
  • Don’t present for the first time to your actual audience

Class Discussion Notes from October 31

Differences between Gourevitch and Epstein Gourevitch focused more on Rwanda and less on Uganda Epstein kinda of indicted Gourevitch didn’t really talk about the United States but Epstein totally did Epstein didn’t villainize the Hutus or the Tutsis but Gourevitch made the Hutus the ‘bad 

America’s Secret Role in the Rwandan Genocide- Helen C. Epstein

America’s Secret Role in the Rwandan Genocide- Helen C. Epstein

When I read this the first time I just underlined and defined the words I didn’t know, and man, I wish I had read the content the first time around because I’m tired now, drinking my 9th shot of espresso this morning (it’s only 9:38 am) 

Class Discussion from Oct. 26

Juvenal Habyarimana of 1994 (created NRMD)


2nd Republic

Hutu Power

Another key player in Habyarimana’s regime: Madame Agatha (his wife?)- a fuckin crazy lady (wife of the Philippino president in the 1980’s)- helped make him powerful, an element of corruption

Rwandan Army- FAR (Rwandan Armed Forces) vs. RPF

Uganda- Museveni, Youeri 1986-now (Hima)

Zaine- Congo



There was a big massacre in the 1970’s, Tutsi’s Dictatorship

Bitter Harvest Movie Reflection

I’m actually 100% not going to write a reflection on this movie because I have to do a reading for this class but Wikipedia says it’s an action-romance-drama-type-thing so I don’t think I’m missing out on much, yikes.

Class Discussion Notes from Oct. 24

This book is a “narrative approach to a set of events.” Oops, we kind of had to read the whole thing, which I absolutely 100% did not do. Is this a primary source? “Primary source” is not a yes/no answer type thing- it’s more of a 

Class Discussion Notes from Oct. 12

Hunger Plan




Operation Hermann (Goering)

Lebensraum- Aryan race (white surpremacy, anyone?)

General Plan “Ost”

Operation Reinhard

Social Darwinism- 19th century idea that reaches its peak during the 1940s

“Winning race”: ubermensch, “losing race”: undermensch

They didn’t really think that they were better, just that they had to be better or they’d fuckin’ die. The Slavs and the Jews were the enemies

Madagascar Plan- All of the Jews in Europe go on boats and go to Madagascar (French came up with this plan)

Send Germans out East to the farmland to Leibensraum

Plan C: Hunger Plan
Plan D: Final Solution

Class Discussion Notes from Oct. 10

The Katyn (mass Polish massacre) (1940) Jewish Bolshevikism Soviets denied it and blamed the Germans, Germans invaded Russia in 1941 and were all “omg, look at these mass graves! look what the Soviets did!” but the Soviets were all “nah you did it we didn’t 

Survival in Auschwitz Ch 1-6

I know that this assigned reading is only one reading (the whole book) but I’m not about to have a page on my blog with only one post on it because that’s just dumb. I divided it. I also know that I had enough time