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Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) promotes academic research, education and public awareness on the Holocaust and the recurring problem of genocide. CHGS relies on your generous support to help us maintain and fulfill our mission.

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  • Student Opportunities

    CHGS guides and mentors undergraduate and graduate students by organizing courses and workshops, offering grants and fellowships and providing unique opportunities for interaction with leading experts in the field. To find out more click here.

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  • Professional and Educational Resources

    CHGS supports educators through interactive workshops and institutes, facilitated by leading experts of Holocaust and genocide education. CHGS's website offers a myriad of resources for teaching age appropriate lessons about the Holocaust and genocide. To learn more click here.

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  • New Topics course on 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide announced for Spring 2015

    The Armenian Genocide: Disrupted History, Fractured Identities
    Global Studies 5900-Sec. 003
    Bi-weekly: Thursday's 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
    1 credit advanced seminar
    Dr. Artyom H. Tonoyan, Baylor University


    The course will explore the socio-historical dimensions of the Armenian Genocide and the contemporary effects of its denial on Armenian and Turkish societies. Particular emphasis will be placed on the rise of Turkish nationalism, the structure of the Armenian Genocide, particularly its social and ideological components, and the efforts to deal with the fallout of the extermination of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.

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  • Bearing Witness 70 Years after the Liberation of Auschwitz

    5:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Weisman Art Museum
    Monday, January 26, 2015


    The Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies and its campus and community partners invite you to a special evening of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. CHGS will unveil the eight Minnesotan portraits of the forty overall paintings done for the "Portraits & Conversations with Survivors of the Shoah" project we coordinated with Spanish artist Felix de la Concha. The evening will also include a reception, a talk from Auschwitz survivor Dora Zaidenweber, and an interview and Q&A with Felix de la Concha conducted by Professor Leslie Morris, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch.

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  • Call for Applications:Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

    The University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History invite applications from current doctoral students in the UMN College of Liberal Arts for the Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies for the academic year 2015-16.

    The Badzin Fellowship will pay a stipend of $18,000, the cost of tuition and health insurance, and $1,000 toward the mandatory graduate student fees. All application materials must be received by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies electronically at, no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, March 13, 2015.

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  • 100 Years of Genocide: Student Conference Call for Papers

    As we approach the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Program and the Institute for Global Studies will be hosting three days of events to commemorate this centennial. The events will include the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lecture featuring Professor Bedros Der Matossian, which is open to the public (April 23), a student conference, entitled "One Hundred Years of Genocide" (April 24) and a K-16 teacher workshop (April 25). The objectives of these events are to promote public understanding of the genocide and the fates of those who lost their lives and those who escaped. The events will also analyze responses by the international community (and/or lack thereof), and discuss the long-term implications for international policy and actions to prevent and respond to genocide. In addition to these events the Armenian Community of Minnesota will also be commemorating the genocide with there own special programming.

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