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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.

Stephen and Marian Mugar and Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian’52 Chair

Research Highlights

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 Applicants

The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A. seeks applications to its doctoral program in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies and to its cross-disciplinary PhD in Genocide Studies. Applications from any country are welcome.

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Hamas Terror Attacks

The massacres that occurred in southern Israel on Saturday October 7 have rightly been described as a pogrom, the scope of which has not been seen since the Holocaust. The images and testimonies from this day will not soon be forgotten.

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Genocidal Conditions in Artsakh

Scholars have long understood that targeting civilians by restricting access to food, medicine, and other necessities for life can become an act of genocidal violence. Such a situation is occurring in the Republic of Artsakh where an Azerbaijani blockade has caused a condition of politically motivated famine aimed at eliminating the civilian…
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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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