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March 25, 2024 | By Cole Hatcher

A. Dirk Moses, Ph.D., will discuss genocide April 11, when he delivers Ohio Wesleyan's Robert Kragalott Lecture on Genocide, Mass Atrocity, and Human Rights. (Photo courtesy of A. Dirk Moses)

'Crime of Crimes'

Scholar Explores Concept of Genocide During April 11 Ohio Wesleyan Presentation

DELAWARE, Ohio – A. Dirk Moses, Ph.D., will discuss "How and Why Did Genocide Become the 'Crime of Crimes'?" when he presents Ohio Wesleyan University's 2023-2024 Robert Kragalott Lecture on Genocide, Mass Atrocity, and Human Rights.

Moses, who serves as the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor of International Relations at the City College of New York, will speak at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Benes Rooms of OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Admission is free.

In his talk, Moses will explore, "What if 'genocide' had not become a distinct crime, and we had inherited the alternative of 'crimes against humanity' from the Nuremberg Trials?"

He is the author and editor of multiple publications on genocide and memory, including "The Problems of Genocide: Permanent Security and the Language of Transgression," and he has been described as the "most original and provocative scholar writing on the problem of genocide." He also is the senior editor of the Journal of Genocide Research.

Ohio Wesleyan's annual Kragalott Lecture honors the career, contributions, and memory of Robert Kragalott, Ph.D., a professor in the OWU Department of History from 1964 to 1991. The lecture series was endowed with a gift from 1969 OWU graduate Carroll P. "Pete" Kakel III, Ph.D. Learn more at

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