JANUARY 4, 2024, FFD: Finding Beauty in the Dark: Love, Creativity, and Resilience during Genocide and Mass Atrocities


Dr. Berry’s research shows how during periods of mass atrocity, humans have long resisted their own destruction through solidarity, art, non-violent direct action, and other creative strategies to reclaim their humanity together. Weaving together stories from the Holocaust, Bosnia, Syria, Sri Lanka, Colombia, and Rwanda, she argues that the way people find beauty in bleak and impossible situations helps us re-center our politics and improve our ability to stop genocide and other mass atrocities going forward.   


Marie Berry Ph.D. is a feminist sociologist and writer focused on mass violence, gender, politics, and social movements. She is the director of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is also the co-founder and director of the Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative, an effort to elevate and amplify the work that women-identified activists are doing to advance justice across the world. Her award-winning first book, War, Women, and Power (Cambridge University Press 2018), examined the impact of mass violence on women’s mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia. Together with Milli Lake (LSE), she runs the Women’s Rights After War Project. She is an Associate Professor at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a 2021 recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award. She is also a frequent public speaker on gender, violence, and activism, and the host of many events focused on imagining how to build worlds free from oppression and harm. 

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