Category Archives: Human Rights

Teaching Human Rights

In the spring of 2015, I taught Phillips Exeter Academy’s senior seminar on human rights for the first time. I had an extraordinary group of students, which included youth with strong passions for global justice and deep family connections to … Continue reading

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Remembering Srebrenica (2015)

I started this blog four years ago with a humble post called “Remembering Srebrenica (2011).” Today I reflect on recent, painful revelations that have shaken the ground beneath our feet. This spring, I taught a senior seminar on human rights … Continue reading

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Goran Simić: A Fresh Collection of Poems

Just this month, Smokestack Books released a new anthology of poems written by my dear Bosnian friend Goran Simić. Called New and Selected Sorrows, it includes some of the best of Simić’s postwar and diaspora writing — from collections like … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: “All We Have Left” in Numéro Cinq

Today, the Canadian literary magazine Numéro Cinq, edited by Douglas Glover, released a preview of its October issue, which will include my essay “All We Have Left,” along with poems about Bosnia-Herzegovina by the masterful Goran Simić and Sydnea Lea, … Continue reading

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Remembering Srebrenica (2014)

Today, remembering Srebrenica with words and images that have never left me. Click on the links below for essays, photographs, and links to Bosnian artists’ reflections. “Srebrenica, Bebolucija, and the Politics of Life” (2013) “Remembering Srebrenica” (2012) “Remembering Srebrenica” (2011)

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Fresh Wounds, and Sorrow, in Bosnia

Recent, severe flooding in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and neighboring Serbia, could not have come at a worse time. Words fail. If there is hope, it is in the outpouring of compassion, often irrespective of borders, toward the approximately one million uprooted; and … Continue reading

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The “Bosnian Spring”: Anniversaries, Protests, and an Uncertain Future

30 years ago this week, the 1984 Winter Olympics began in Sarajevo. 20 years ago this week, the Markale marketplace massacre in Sarajevo shocked the world. This week, riot police in Tuzla clashed with demonstrators fed up with the political … Continue reading

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