Panel Discussion, Partner Event, Online Video     

Restoring Culture to Combat Genocide: Rohingya Stories of Hope

The Rohingya of Burma have been called the most persecuted community on the globe. For decades, the Burmese military has sustained a genocidal campaign aimed at erasing the Rohingya through any means possible, including the stripping of rights — education, worship, livelihoods, citizenship, and more. In the face of this relentless campaign, the Rohingya within Burma and throughout the world have persevered.

Join us for a discussion with Rohingya activist Yasmin Ullah and Artolution executive director Max Frieder about the work that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are doing to restore culture through creative projects and finding stories of hope despite the obstacles and struggles the community faces. This program is part of Rising Up for Human Dignity, a free series of events in April for Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Hearing-impaired
  • Handicap Accessible

Yasmin Ullah is a Rohingya social justice activist born in the Northern Rakhine state of Myanmar. She fled to Thailand in 1995 along with her parents and remained a refugee in Thailand until 2011. She currently serves as a board member of ALTSEAN, on the steering committee of the Bridges MM project which helps train and connect young people across Myanmar. She has worked on various projects such as the Time to Act: Rohingya Voices exhibition with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Genocide Learning Tool with the Montréal Holocaust Museum, and Anthology: I Am A Rohingya where she published her poetry along with other Rohingya poets from around the world. In 2021, she was included on the FemiList100, the Gender Security Project list of 100 women from the Global South working in foreign policy, peacebuilding, law, activism, and development.

Yasmin Ullah

Max Frieder is the executive director and co-founder of the international community-based public arts organization Artolution. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with honors and a degree in painting and received his masters of education (Ed.M) in “Community Arts” in art and art education from the Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a trans-disciplinary artist, sculptor, puppeteer, teacher, and he facilitates collaborative mural programs that address critical local issues with children, youth, and families. His projects have taken him from Syrian, South Sudanese, Palestinian, and Greek refugee camps to conflict zones, traumatized communities, and across borders to over 26 countries globally. He planted the seeds for the first ongoing public arts program for Rohingya artists in the largest refugee camp in the world, in Bangladesh on the border of Myanmar. He is a published author contributing to Art Making with Refugees and Survivors: Transformative Responses to Trauma after Natural Disasters, War and Other Crises as well as has published with Global Citizen. For his global work, he was awarded the International Crisis Award from World of Children and UNICEF in 2018. His work focuses on cultivating ongoing programs by educating local artists globally on how to transform communities through public engagement, creative facilitation, and inspired participation as the next phase in the history of the arts.

Max Frieder

About Rising Up for Human Dignity: Resisting Cultural Erasure

In the face of cultural erasure, what can a community do to ensure the survival of its core identity? What are the shared responsibilities of the greater community? Join community partners for a series of events, in honor of Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, exploring historical attempts at erasure of various communities’ ancestral cultures, the lived consequences of existing within ongoing erasure, and the radical resilience communities are exhibiting to not only secure survival but to thrive. 

Rising Up for Human Dignity: Resisting Cultural Erasure, April 7-28 (logo)