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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  conferences or speaker archives pages, where you can listen to audio recordings.


Upcoming Events & Conferences

Colin Flug Graduate Study Wing Open House
19 September 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. |Colin Flug Wing
Strassler Center

19 September 2019 |4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m |Tilton Hall
Higgins University Center

President David Angel

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

Concluding Remarks:
The Strassler Center and the Future of Holocaust Studies
Thomas Kühne
Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Strassler Professor of Holocaust History

Reception to follow

Sponsored by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

20 September 2019 | 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.| Higgins Lounge
Dana Commons

Symposium: Agency in the Holocaust and Genocide

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. Agency addresses the choices that individuals have, their decisions and actions, as well as the consequence of these actions. The symposium participants, all of them former advisees of Debórah Dwork, will present diverse research projects that explore agency from multiple perspectives including victims, perpetrators, rescue, youth, gender, sexuality, education, religious observance, identity, humanitarianism, and memory.

Sponsored by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

26 September 2019 |4:00 p.m. | TBD

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 to mass deportations and the deaths of more than a million Armenians. In addition, forced assimilation and Islamization of Armenian women and children resulted in ‘hidden Armenians’ who became thoroughly Turkified/Kurdified. After one hundred years, the descendants of genocide survivors have learned about their heritage. Genealogy has helped them to discover family members and relatives. In this panel discussion, Raffi Bedrosyan introduces the phenomenon of Muslim Armenians and George Aghjayan presents how genealogical and historical research can help hidden Armenians discover their roots.

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

17 October 2019 | 4:00 p.m. | Higgins Lounge
Dana Commons

Speakers: Radwan Ziadeh (Senior fellow as the United States Institute of Peace), Melinda Rankin (Research fellow at the University of Queensland), Noah Aboueldahab (Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution)

The Syrian conflicts have claimed the lives of a half-million people since 2011. Nearly five million more people have fled the country in fear for their lives. The event will explain the key drivers of the conflicts and feature the efforts of local human rights organizations to document the atrocities committed. Discussion will focus on the fact-finding methods the organizations use now to lay the groundwork for transitional justice initiatives in the future.

Sponsored by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; the Political Science Department through the Chester Bland Fund, and Peace Studies

23 October 2019 | 4:30 p.m. | TBD

Speakers: Christian Parenti (Associate Professor of Economics at John Jay College, City University of New York) and Roy Scranton (Assistant Professor of English, University of Notre Dame)

More information to follow

Sponsored by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Clark University – New Earth Conversation


6 November 2019 | 3:00 p.m.| Tilton Hall
Higgins University Center

Especially for Students Lecture


Speaker: Adama Dieng (Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (OSASPG))

More information to follow

Sponsored by the Undergraduate Program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Ina and Haskell Gordon Endowed Fund)