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Educating about Genocide and Mass Atrocities

The history of genocide, mass atrocities, crimes against humanity and their continuing consequences stand at the core of the Strassler Center at Clark University. 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 1998, it has gained international standing as the foremost PhD program training students in Holocaust History, the Armenian Genocide, and other genocides perpetrated around the globe.  Center faculty and students foster important scholarship and germinate significant ideas as conveners of a robust series of international symposia, workshops, and conferences that broaden the boundaries of genocide studies by introducing less known cases and novel approaches. The causes, conduct, and consequences of genocide are complex and require multifaceted approaches. The Strassler Center is committed to pushing boundaries in order to foster greater knowledge as well as to train professionals who hope to find solutions, offer healing and aid, education, and opportunities for memorialization.

Our Faculty and Expertise

Dr. Kuhne Teaching Class

Thomas Kühne, Ph.D.

Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Strassler Colin Flug Chair in the Study of Holocaust History;  Professor, Department of History

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Elyse Semerdjian, Ph.D.

Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair of Armenian Genocide Studies; Professor, Department of History

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Dr. MacLean Teaching

Ken MacLean, Ph.D.

Professor, International Development and Social Change (IDCE) & Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Director: Genocide and Human Rights Concentration

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Strassler Center in Focus

Call for Papers: Lessons & Legacies of the Holocaust

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University (HEFNU) is pleased to announce the Lessons & Legacies of the Holocaust Inaugural Emerging Scholars Conference, convened in cooperation with and hosted by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University.

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Strassler students organize workshop

Strassler Center students Hana Green and Daan de Leeuw organized, together with five colleagues, the “26th Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Camps and Killing Sites: Bodies and Borders,” which took place in Łódź, Poland, from 4-10 September 2023.

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Emily Clarke ’24 unmasks the propaganda behind the postcards

Intern helps Strassler Center stage exhibition of Nazi letters

‘Justice means a lot to these people’

Clark student helps keep alive memories of the Gatumba Massacre

Uncovering the stories of Rwandans fleeing violence in Congo

How did victims become perpetrators, and perpetrators become victims?

From Ukraine, images of violence, resistance, and hope

Strassler Center hosts ‘The War in Ukraine Through a Camera Lens’

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Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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  • Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
    Clark University
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610

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