Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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2014-2015 Events
Free and Open to the Public

11 September, 2014
7:30 pm Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons

Narrating Genocide

Popular author Chris Bohjalian (The Sandcastle Girls 2012) and Khatchig Mouradian PhD'14 (Rutgers University) discuss literary representation and historical accounts of genocide and its aftermath. First lecture in annual series, Critical History: Public History.

24 October, 2014
7:00 pm Ghosh Auditorium, Room 102, Ghosh Science and Technology Building, Worcester State University

The Challenge of Denial — Why people refuse to accept unwelcome facts

Professor Brendan Nyhan (Dartmouth College) will give a keynote address opening the conference Manufacturing Denial and the Assault on Scholarship and Truth.Social scientists, natural scientists, and historians converge to discuss the interrelated forms of denial: genocide denial and science denial. The participants will repsent papers that focus on the ways in which scholarship has become the battleground in this struggle which resonates far beyond academe.

Co-sponsored by Clark University's Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Kaloosdian/Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at the Strassler Center, The Armenian Genocide Program at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR) at Rutgers University, The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and Worcester State University

13 November, 2014
7:00 pm Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons

Geographies of the Holocaust

The Holocaust separated families, destroyed communities, displaced millions, and created new kinds of places — densely crowded Jewish ghettos and concentration camps — where people labored and died. Each of these traumas was fundamentally geographical, yet few scholars have examined geographies of the Holocaust. Professor Anne Knowles (Middlebury College, Geography Department) will highlight the work of the Holocaust Geographies Collaborative, in international team of historians and geographers who have explored this complex event using geographic methods of analysis — notably Geographic Information Systems (GIS) — and data visualization.

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University

2 February, 2015
4:15 pm Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House

Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

Wendy Lower (Claremont-McKenna College) addresses aspects of her ground-breaking work on the enthusiastic involvement of German women in anti-Jewish atrocity in EAstern Europe. Lower's lecture is grounded in research conducted for her book of the same title, which allows for a nuanced understanding of women's participation in carrying out the Holocaust beyond the roles as mothers, wives, and supporters.

21 February, 2015
7:30 pm Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts

La Vorágine

Genocide and mass violence in Latin America are explored through expressions of cultural identity in musical works from Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Brazil that speak to the resilience and joy of the human spirit.

Second event in annual series, "Critical History: Public History"

Co-sponsored by the Traina Chamber Music Residency and Worcester Chamber Music Society

18 March, 2015 4:00pm-7:00pm Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House

Public History of the Holocaust

The Strassler Center hosts three eminent scholars to explore different aspects of public history related to the Holocaust: Simone Schweber (Univeristy of Wisconsin, Madison); Harold Marcuse (University of California, Santa Barbara); and Andrew W. Port (Wayne State University).

Finalevent in our annual series, "Critical History: Public History"

Critical History: Public History

The field of public history has expanded exponentially over the past decade as a growing number of trained historians have turned to work in museums, parks, films, literature, music and historice sites. This year's Critical History series examines public awareness of historical events and howto engage audiences in critical discussions about how history in represented.

9 April, 2015 7:30pm Tilton Hall, Higgins University Center

Twenty Years of Genocide Studies; A Critical Appraisal

Eric Weitz (City College of New York) delivers the keynote address opening the Third International Graduate Students' Conference on Genocide Studies; The State of Research 100 Years after the Armenian Genocide. Due to the emergence of Genocide Studies as a field, we know vastly more not only about theHolocaust and the Armenian Genocide, but also numerous other cases.Comparative studies have flourished and an array of university centers, scholarly associations, and journals provide the institutional bases for research and education. Now we needto broaden the lens to include the history of human rights. Genocide is about human destruction; systems of rights provide the protections and opportunities that allow human life to flourish. both are about the way states and societies treatdiscrete categories of human beings.Both are about population politics broadly construed. We need to integrate the two fields and make human populations the focus of our study.