Taylor Krauss, an Emmy-nominated independent American video journalist, addressed the Society of Skeptics on Tuesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. in Bogle Hall’s Cowan Auditorium.
Mr. Krauss discussed Voices of Rwanda, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the stories of Rwandans who have experienced genocide firsthand. The organization is devoted to listening to the voices of those who have experienced human rights atrocities, but also to educating others about human rights issues in the hopes of reconciling the many humanitarian concerns that exist worldwide.
During his first trip to Rwanda in 2004, Mr. Krauss heard first-hand accounts from survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, in which more than 800,000 Tutsi were killed by Hutu militias. He witnessed ongoing tensions within post-genocide Rwanda and understood the importance of documenting these narratives and using them in research and education worldwide.
Since graduating from Yale University with a degree in film in 2002, Mr. Krauss has worked for the Associated Press, BBC, PBS, CNN and HBO. Early in his career, he trained under Ken Burns, a distinguished producer and director of documentaries. In 2009, Mr. Krauss was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work in Democratic Republic of Congo. He was also recognized as an Emmy nominee for his films that delve into human rights issues, such as refugees, illegal immigration and genocide.
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