Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Genocide, mass atrocities, crimes against humanity and their prevention stand at the core of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Home to a uniquely rich undergraduate program and a landmark doctoral program, the Strassler Center is the first and only institute of its kind. Since it was established in 1998, it has gained international standing as the sole program to train students for Ph.D. degrees in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies. The Center's growth and development demonstrate that a small research university can achieve excellence and broad regard with a flagship program.

Our Public Programs

Public programs engage the world in which we live.  Unless noted, all events are free and open to the public.  To learn more about the events listed below, contact Robyn Conroy at  To receive notifications about all upcoming events and to join our mailing list, contact Alissa Duke

Upcoming Events & Conferences

Thursday, September 20, 2018
The Past, Present, and Future of the Rohingya Crisis
4:00pm - 6:00pm - Dana Commons, Higgins Lounge

Speakers: Tun Khin (Burmese Rohingya Organization), John Knaus (Associate Director for Asia, National Endowment for Democracy), Debbie Stothard (Director of Altseam-Burma and Secretary General of International Federation for Human Rights) and Matt Wells (Amnesty International Senior Crisis Advisor)

Who are the Rohingya? And why do so many people in Burma/Myanmar regard them as a threat to the nation? More than 900,000 Rohingya have taken refuge in Bangladesh after a series of attacks by the armed forces of Burma/Myanmar and Buddhist nationalists, making it the fastest growing humanitarian crisis in the world. The panel discussion will present the historic roots of the contemporary crisis, which the UN has called a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing,” outline the broader political and military context in which the forced migration is occurring, and evaluate proposed solutions.

Sponsored by Judith T. '75 and Lawrence S. '76 Bohn, Department of Asian Studies, Peace Studies, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, International Development and Social Change (IDSC), IDCE, STAND and co-sponsored by the Political Science Department through the Chester Bland Fund.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Democratization and Memories of Violence: Ethnic Minority Rights Movements in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador
4:00pm - Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House

Speaker: Mneesha Gellman (Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, at Emerson College, Boston, USA. Her research interests include comparative democratization, cultural resilience, memory politics, and social movements in the Global South and the United States.) 

Especially for Students Lecture

Democratization and Memories of Violence: Ethnic minority rights movements in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador examines how ethnic minority communities use memories of state and paramilitary violence to shame states into cooperating with minority cultural agendas such as the right to mother tongue education. Shaming and claiming is a social movement tactic that binds historic violence to contemporary citizenship. Combining theory with empirics, the book accounts for how democratization shapes citizen experiences of interest representation and how memorialization processes challenge state regimes of forgetting at local, state, and international levels. Democratization and Memories of Violence draws on six case studies in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador to show how memory-based narratives serve as emotionally salient leverage for marginalized communities to facilitate state consideration of minority rights agendas.

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Ina and Haskell Gordon Endowed Fund)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Survival, Hope, and a Lifetime of Service
7:00pm - Dana Commons, Higgins Lounge

Speaker: Michael Ross

A survivor of 10 concentration camps, Steve Ross emigrated to the Boston area after the war where he became a civic leader and the driving force behind the creation of the Boston Holocaust Memorial.  Please join us to watch a powerful film about his life and hear from his son Mike who will discuss his father’s incredible journey and the important lessons this new memoir, “Broken Glass: My Story of Finding Hope in Hitler’s Death Camps to Inspire a New Generation” has to offer. 

Light reception and book signing to follow

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation, Ant-Defamation League, Clark Hillel and the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Thursday, October 25 - Friday, October 26, 2018
Conference: The Abdul Hamid Era and Beyond: Massacres and Reform, Rupture and Continuity
Dana Commons, Higgins Lounge

25 October 2018 | 7:00 p.m | Higgins Lounge
Dana Commons.

Opening Panel: Continuity and Break from Abdul Hamid to Genocide
Open to the public

26 October 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.| Higgins Lounge
Dana Commons

Conference: Details to Follow
Registration required

Sponsored by the Friends of the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Professor


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