Meet Dermot Groome

How 400 Bosnian Families Escaped a Murderer and Made the Cumberland Valley their Community

Join hundreds of people from the central PA community as we come together this October to watch the powerful PBS documentary, The Trial of Ratko Mladić.  It’s the story of how the general who ordered the murder of over 7,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica was finally brought to justice. After the film neighbors who survived will share their stories of loss, resilience, and the new lives they have built in our area.   After the presentations our Bosnian neighbors will host a festive reception for all.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Dickinson College, Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 360 West Louther St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Screening of The Trial of Ratko Mladic: 4 PM

The war crimes trial of one of the most infamous figures from the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

When this 90 minute BBC and PBS/Frontline documentary first aired in March, 2019, it revealed to the world the horrors of the genocide.  Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at multiple war crimes and the trial of Ratko Mladić, who ordered many of those crimes. The lead prosecutor in the trials, Dermot Groome, is now a professor at Penn State Dickinson Law, and a resident of Central PA.  He will briefly introduce the conflict and the film.

View the Trailer

Note: The film contains scenes of genocidal violence and therefore is not appropriate for children under 13.

Survivors' Stories: 6:15 PM

In the aftermath of the crimes, many Bosnians came to the United States as refugees. Now, after twenty years, over 400 families have settled in central Pennsylvania and are full members of our community.  Members of the community will share what life in Bosnia was like prior to the conflict, what it was like to live through a genocidal campaign, and what it was like to come to the United States as a refugee to begin a new life.

A Taste of Bosnia: immediately following Survivor's Stories

This culinary treat will be a gift from the Central Pennsylvania Bosnian Community:  “We would like to invite the attendees to a reception after we share our stories. We will serve a sampling of Bosnian food and refreshment as an expression of our gratitude for welcoming us.”

All Welcome

All Events Free

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Dickinson College students/staff: See CSSJ office in Landis House
Dickinson Law students/staff: See Anne Porter
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