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Events and Conferences

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An important component of the Strassler Center’s mission is education and outreach to the general public and the scholarly community.  For more information on upcoming events and conferences, please contact the Center’s program manager Robyn Conroy.  To receive notifications about all upcoming events and to join our mailing list, contact Alissa Duke.

If you would like to learn more about past events and academic conferences, we invite you to visit our previous events page, where you can listen to or watch audio/video recordings.

Upcoming Events

17 March 2021 |3:00 p.m. EST| Zoom (Online)
Especially for Students Lecture

Stories from the Ground: Perspectives on Refugee Law and Policy

Speaker: Sabrineh Ardalan (Clinical Professor, Harvard Law School and Director, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program)

This talk will draw on Sabrineh Ardalan’s personal experiences representing asylum seekers in the U.S. and address current policies that put refugees at specific risk during the pandemic, from family separation to detention conditions and the immigration court system. Learn how you can get involved and take action to help protect refugees and immigrants.

Registration required

Email Strassler Center Program Manager Robyn Conroy at for more information.

Sponsored by the Undergraduate Program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Ina and Haskell Gordon Endowed Fund), Law and Society Concentration, and Pre-Law Society.

6 April 2021 | 2:00 PM EST |Zoom (Online)

Book Talk: “The Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba: A New Grammar of Trauma and History” 

In this public webinar, leading Arab and Jewish intellectuals examine how and why the Holocaust and the Nakba are interlinked without blurring fundamental differences between them. While these two foundational tragedies are often discussed separately and in abstraction from the constitutive historical global contexts of nationalism and colonialism, the recent book by our speakers, The Holocaust and the Nakbaexplores the historical, political, and cultural intersections between them. The majority of the contributors argue that these intersections are embedded in cultural imaginations, colonial and asymmetrical power relations, realities, and structures. Focusing on them paves the way for a new political, historical, and moral grammar that enables a joint Arab-Jewish dwelling and supports historical reconciliation in Israel/Palestine.

Prof. Amos Goldberg is the Jonah M. Machover Chair in Holocaust Studies and the Head of the Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His recent book is: Trauma in FIrst Person: Diary Writing During the Holocaust 2018 Indiana University Press. He is now finishing a book on the Warsaw Ghetto.

Bashir Bashir is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Political Science, and Communication at the Open University of Israel and a senior research fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He is the co-editor of The Arab and Jewish Questions: Geographies of Engagement in Palestine and Beyond (Columbia University Press, 2020).

Registration required.

Email Program Manager Robyn Conroy at for more information.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Professor in Armenian Genocide Studies

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