Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Students talking at Graduate Conference

Conferences at the Strassler Center

The Strassler Center advances knowledge by organizing and hosting cutting-edge academic conferences. These symposia foster important scholarship while honoring the Center's mandate for community outreach: Leading scholars open with a public keynote address in which they present crucial insights about issues of concern to an educated society.

3rd International Graduate Students' Conference for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

9 – 12 April 2015
Strassler Center

The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University will host the Third International Graduate Students' Conference on Genocide Studies on 9 – 11 April 2015, in cooperation with the Danish Institute for International Studies, Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Copenhagen. The conference will provide a forum for doctoral students to present their research projects to peers and established scholars.


Manufacturing Denial: The Assault on Scholarship and Truth

24 – 25 October 2014

Social scientists, natural scientists, political theorists, and historians will discuss different forms of denial and why they persist in the face of facts. Participants will consider how scholarship has become the battleground in this struggle — which resonates far beyond academe. Presentations will focus on genocide denial, scientific denial, and political denial.


Israel Academic Exchange

3 - 6 April 2014
Strassler Center

The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University held the first Israel Academic Exchange workshop April 3 – 6, 2014. The aim of the Exchange was to forge ties and build community among advanced doctoral students and postdocs who study the Holocaust and other cases of mass violence. Doing so, we hope to strengthen the field in Israel, as well as to enrich scholarly discourse at the Strassler Center. Our inaugural workshop was held in partnership with the Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Research, Haifa University.


Policy and Practice; Pedagogy about the Holocaust and Genocide

11 - 13 April 2013
Strassler Center

The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies hosted an international symposium, Policy and Practice: Pedagogy about the Holocaust and Genocide. The conference opened with a keynote panel History, Politics, and Education: Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide. Panelists addressed key questions: Is Holocaust teaching in the United States and Europe morally driven, possibly at the expense of historical content? What are the politics of education about genocide in a post-conflict society like Cambodia? And what is the impact of curriculum silence in a denialist society such as Turkey? The symposium continued with a series of closed workshop panels on: Formal and Non-Formal Education; Content Orientation vs Civic Education; Challenges and Best Practice; Politics and Policy; and Looking Ahead. Educators, leading academics, museum curators, and doctoral students from around the world will participate.


The Second International Graduate Students' Conference for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

29 March – 1 April 2012
Strassler Center

The first conference in 2009 was a landmark event co-sponsored with the Center's partner institution, the Danish Institute for International Studies. Collectively envisioned by the Center's doctoral students, the conference provided a forum for these younger scholars to present original research to their peers and invited eminent figures in the field. By sponsoring such an international conference tri-annually, the students assume a leadership role in growing a robust international community of genocide scholars.


Informed Activism: Armed Conflict, Scarce Resources and Congo

24 – 25 September, 2011
Strassler Center

In another first, the Strassler Center collaborated with groups of undergraduate students to organize this international summit. The event featured a list of experts and organizations.


The State of the Art of Armenian Genocide Research

April 2010
Strassler Center

This conference was organised under the guidance of Kaloosdian Mugar Professor, Taner Akçam. The Strassler Center planned a fall 2011 conference, Beyond the Armenian Genocide: The Question of Restitution and Reparation in Comparative Review.


Past conferences include:

  • Holocaust and Genocide in the 20th Century
  • Democracy, Economy, and the Middle Class