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April 29, 2021: Collective Trauma and the Armenian Genocide: Armenian, Turkish and Azerbaijani Relations since 1839 

Zoom (Online)

Speaker: Pamela Steiner (Ed.D., Senior Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University) Dr. Pamela Steiner, a Senior Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a practitioner whose research is dedicated to promoting reconciliation between opposing […]

April 6, 2021: Book Talk: “The Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba: A New Grammar of Trauma and History”

Zoom (Online)

Speakers: 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 (Indiana University Press 2018.) He is now finishing a book on the Warsaw […]

March 17, 2021: Stories from the Ground: Perspectives on Refugee Law and Policy

Zoom (Online)

Speaker: Sabrineh Ardalan (Clinical Professor, Harvard Law School and Director, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program) Following the Second World War, nations recognized the need to establish protections for vulnerable people who were endangered in their home countries, as had occurred on such a vast scale during the Holocaust. The resulting multilateral treaty and its […]

March 3, 2021: The Escalating Risk of Mass Violence in the United States

Zoom (Online)

Speaker: James Waller (Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College) Escalating political violence in the United States raises red flags regarding the erosion of democratic ideals and reveals growing distrust in political and governmental processes. Had these symptoms developed elsewhere, risk analysts would have instituted precautions and the international community would […]

November 20, 2020: Holocaust Education in Desperate Times

Zoom (Online)

Speaker: Simone Schweber (Goodman Professor of Education and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison) Simone Schweber, Goodman Professor of Education and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has dedicated her academic career to researching how we teach and learn about the Holocaust. With the expansion of its academic agenda to include issues […]

October 8, 2020: Race, Racism, and Policing: A Long History

Zoom (Online)

Speakers: Ousmane Power-Greene (Clark University), Carl Suddler (Emory University), and Anne Gray Fischer (University of Texas-Dallas) A tidal wave of social and political unrest during 2020 culminated in widespread demands for change. Protests in response to the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor inspired debates and movements that drew attention to the long struggle […]

November 6, 2019: 1994 Genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda: Twenty-Five Years Later

Tilton Hall

Speaker: Adama Dieng (Special Adviser, Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (OSASPG)) The Genocide Against the Tutsi took place in 1994, when nearly one million Tutsi and moderate Hutu were killed in just 100 days in the small, land-locked country of Rwanda. What lessons can we learn about UN intervention, genocide […]

October 23, 2019: Genocide. Ecocide. Climate catastrophe. Naming it, owning it, going from here.

JF320, Jefferson Academic Center

Speakers: Christian Parenti (author, journalist and Associate Professor of Economics, John Jay College) and Roy Scranton (author and Assistant Professor of English, University of Notre Dame) A powerful shift in American collective awareness of the climate crisis has occurred thanks to scientific reports released in fall 2018, a new level of attention in the media, […]

October 17, 2019: Documenting Mass Crimes and Envisioning Justice for Syrians

Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons

Speakers: Radwan Ziadeh (Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace), Ora Szekely (Clark University), Noha Aboueldahab (Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution) The Syrian conflict has claimed the lives of a half-million people since 2011. Nearly five million more people have fled the country. The panelists will explain the key drivers of the […]

September 26, 2019: The Continuing Impact of Genocide: Islamized Armenians and Genealogy

Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons

Speakers: Raffi Bedrosyan (civil engineer, concert pianist, and author of Trauma and Resilience: Armenians in Turkey – hidden, not hidden and no longer hidden (2018)) and George Aghjayan (Director of the Armenian Historical Archives and the chair of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Central Committee of the Eastern United States ) The 1915 Genocide led […]

September 20, 2019: Symposium: Agency in the Holocaust and Genocide

Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons

A symposium to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Strassler Center’s doctoral program and to celebrate the long-term leadership of founding Strassler Center Director and inaugural Rose Professor Debórah Dwork gathers graduates to respond to the theme of agency in the Holocaust and Genocide. Agency addresses the choices that individuals have, their decisions and actions, […]

September 19, 2019: Colin Flug Graduate Study Wing Open House

Colin Flug Wing and Tilton Hall

Welcome President David Angel Introduction: Debórah Dwork and the Strassler Center Mary Jane Rein Executive Director Keynote Address: Americans in Dangerous Territory: Relief and Rescue Operations during the Nazi Years Debórah Dwork Inaugural Rose Professor and Strassler Center Founding Director A number of Americans — Quakers, Unitarians, secular people, Jews — traveled to points around […]