Erna’s best-selling, award-winning book, The End of Days: A Story of Tolerance, Tyranny, and the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain, will be re-published in an updated edition by Cormorant Books, Toronto. The new title is: From Tolerance to Tyranny: A Cautionary Tale from Fifteenth-Century Spain
Pre-order at Amazon.ca
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Erna Paris will deliver the keynote address at
the Providence Spirituality Centre,
1200 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario.
For more information:
International Women’s Day 2014 Conference
Read the full Keynote Address
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, Ottawa Citizen
We almost missed our flight several weeks ago at the end of a lengthy stay in Mexico. A raucous demonstration by thousands of the country’s teachers was blocking traffic near the historic centre of the capital.
The powerful teachers’ unions had been fighting back since President Enrique Peña Nieto announced education reforms last September. The reforms demanded testing and advancement according to merit. The unions objected. Many teachers are themselves poorly educated; in addition, many had inherited or bought their jobs. [more]
Wednesday October 30, 2013, Confucius Institute Edmonton (CIE)
Local volunteer group Edmonton ALPHA announced today that internationally-recognized Canadian writers, Erna Paris and Joy Kogawa, will address students in several Edmonton senior high schools on November 21 and 22. In addition, the authors will address a symposium, entitled Why History Matters: The Need for Learning about the Past so that We Can Avoid a Catastrophic Future 1:30 Saturday, November 23rd. The Confucius Institute. Free Admission.
Award-winning historian Erna Paris, author of Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History, will talk to students about how unaddressed war crimes continue to impact our lives today, and the need for survivors to seek justice and reconciliation. In her public lecture War Crimes: Why Germany Remembers, Why Japan Forgets, and What Can Be Done, Ms. Paris will speak about the legacy of Imperial Japan’s war of aggression and why this continues to matter in today’s world. [more]
Monday November 4, 2013, Globe and Mail
In 1998, when 120 countries at a United Nations conference in Rome agreed, miraculously, to a treaty that would govern the world’s first permanent international criminal court, few thought the road ahead would be easy.
The United States was opposed, as were other major powers, such as Russia and China, who viewed the future institution as a threat to their sovereignty. Although the U.S. now offers important strategic support and has facilitated ICC interests at the Security Council, it still has not ratified the Rome Statute, meaning that its citizens remain largely immune from potential indictments. This political positioning has damaged the reputation of the court as a purveyor of even-handed justice, through no fault of its own. When George W. Bush and Dick Cheney remain unaccountable for having approved torture at prison sites around the globe, people elsewhere notice. [more]