Events & Programs

An important component of the Strassler Center’s mission is education and outreach to the general public and the scholarly community. On this page you will find links to past events and academic conferences. We also invite you to learn more about our conferences and to visit our speaker archives, where you can listen to audio recordings.

For information on upcoming events and conferences, please visit our homepage or contact the Center’s program manager Robyn Conroy.

Upcoming Events & Conferences

Thursday, October 18, 2018
4:30pm – Fireside Lounge, Dana Commons

Speaker: Mishy Lesser (Learning Director of the Upstander Project and Educational Fellow at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut)

For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian.  In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation.  DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

Co-Sponsored by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Center for Gender, Race and Area Studies; the departments of English, History, Political Science and Higgins School of Humanities.

Abdul Hamid II Era and Beyond Conference Program

Thursday, October 25 – Friday, October 26, 2018
Dana Commons, Higgins Lounge

25 October 2018 | 7:00 p.m | Higgins Lounge
Dana Commons

Opening Panel: From Abdul Hamid II to the Genocide: Continuity and Rupture

Speakers: Ronald Suny (William H. Sewell, Jr. Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Michigan and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago) and Stephan Astourian (Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

26 October 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.| Higgins Lounge
Dana Commons

Conference: The Abdul Hamid Era and Beyond:  Massacres and Reform, Rupture and Continuity

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Sultan Abdul Hamid II, one of the most polarizing figures in Ottoman history.  This conference will examine key aspects of the Abdul Hamid period (1876-1909) and its aftermath by taking a closer look at policies toward Christians and Armenians in particular and the significant and large-scale massacres committed against them, the impact of reforms (both those initiated by Abdul Hamid and those attempted to be imposed by the Great Powers) on the policies towards these same groups, and the continuities or discontinuities with the catastrophic final years of the Ottoman Empire that saw the almost total annihilation of the Armenians and other Christians through genocide and other forms of mass violence.

Opening panel and conference are free and open to the public. Please contact if you plan to attend the conference.

Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Professor in Armenian Genocide Studies, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.