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Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) promotes academic research, education and public awareness on the Shoah, other genocides and current forms of mass violence. Your generous support is key to maintaining the important work of the Center, advancing the hightest quality of scholarship, programs, and educational resources.

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.

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.

Center News

  • CHGS Fall 2016 Event & Program Calendar

    Wednesday-Friday, September 21-23
    “Local Action in Response to Migration” third annual international conference
    Room 101, Walter Library
    Organized by the Human Rights Program, the Local Action in Response to Migration Network, and Hispanic Issues Online; cosponsored by The Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair, Institute for Global Studies, Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Department of Chicano & Latino Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies, Immigration History Research Center, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change.


    Thursday, September 29, 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM 
    “Displaced: Photos and Remembrances of Maxine Rude, 1945-1946” exhibit tours (12-4pm) and opening reception (4pm)
    Sabes Jewish Community Center, St. Louis Park
    With support from the Sabes Jewish Community Center.

    Thursday-Friday, September 29-30 
    “State and Society in Late Imperial Austria: A Symposium in Honor of Gary Cohen”
    1210 Heller Hall 
    Organized by the Center for Austrian Studies; cosponsored by the Institute for Global Studies, the Center Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of History, and the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch.

    Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 PM
    “Can the Story Be Told? History, Memory and Fiction in the Representation of Extreme Violence in Latin America” lecture by CARLOS PABÓN, University of Puerto Rico
    710 Social Sciences
    Cosponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of History.


    Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 PM
    “Reflections on the Unspoken” event featuring UMN faculty REBECCA KRINKE and LESLIE MORRIS reading from her memoir on her family’s Holocaust history, with vocalist RYLAND ANGEL
    Weisman Museum of Art, Davis Gallery
    Organized by the Weisman Art Museum in conjunction with its exhibition
    The Talking Cure; cosponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Department of Art History, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, and the Institute for Advanced Study.

    Monday-Tuesday, November 14-15
    “Futures, Challenges and Transformations for Transitional Justice” workshop with CHGS talk by SIDNEY BLANCO, Chief Justice of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of El Salvador
    University of Minnesota Law School
    Organized by the Transitional Justice Institute (Belfast), and UMN Human Rights Center and Human Rights Program; cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair, and Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.


    Wednesday, November 16, 5:00 PM
    “Necropolitics: Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights” panel with FRANCISCO FERRÁNDIZ, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), ANTONIUS ROBBEN, University of Utrecht, and BARBARA FREY, UMN
    1210 Heller Hall
    Made possible by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.



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  • THIS WEEK! Exhibition Tours and Reception -- "Displaced: Photos and Remembrances of Maxine Rude: 1945-1946"

    Thursday, September 29
    Displaced: Photos and Remembrances of Maxine Rude: 1945-1946

    12:00pm - 4:00pm: Exhibition open house and tours
    4:00pm: Light reception with remarks at 4:15pm


    Eiger-Zaidenweber Holocaust Resource Center, Sabes Jewish Community Center 
    4330 Cedar Lake Rd S, Minneapolis, MN 55416


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  • THIS WEEK! “State and Society in Late Imperial Austria: A Symposium in Honor of Gary Cohen”


    Thursday-Friday, September 29-30
    “State and Society in Late Imperial Austria: A Symposium in Honor of Gary Cohen”
    1210 Heller Hall

    In honor of Gary Cohen's retirement the Center for Austrian Studies will host "State and Society in Late Imperial Vienna," bringing to campus leading historians of Habsburg Europe to examine questions central to Cohen's career.
    Program details available here 


    Organized by the Center for Austrian Studies; cosponsored by the Institute for Global Studies, the Center Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of History, and the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch.
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  • Course Offering for Spring 2017! GLOS 3900 (section 003) Topics in Global Studies: "Holocaust Art: History and Commemoration"

    GLOS 3900 - 003 Topics in Global Studies

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  • Spring 2017 Symposium on Comparative Genocide Studies

    Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8, 2017
    “Comparative Genocide Studies and the Holocaust: Conflicting Perspectives” international symposium


    The symposium will address the particular place of Holocaust scholarship and commemoration in the U.S. and Western Europe, against the background of a new generation of historians, social scientists, and other scholars dedicated to the empirical study of mass violence in a variety of cases across the globe. The symposium will foster and intellectual space for productive dialogue between scholars and educators in the fields of Holocaust and Genocide studies.

    Keynote Address will be the 2017 Ohanessian Lecture by Timothy Snyder. 

    Thursday, April 6, evening event
    TIMOTHY SNYDER, Yale University
    “The Holocaust as History and Warning”

    Organized by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair

    Friday-Saturday, April 7-8 Symposium Sessions to include a special session for educators, with the following confirmed speakers: 

    Alejandro Baer - Sociology, UMN
    Hollie Nyseth Brehm - Sociology, Ohio State University
    Irit Dekel - Sociology, Bard College, Berlin
    Wolf Gruner - University of Southern California, and Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research
    Elke Gryglewski - House of the Wannsee Conference, Berlin
    Joachim Savelsberg - Sociology, UMN
    Phillip Spencer - History, Kingston University
    Eric Weitz - History, The City College of New York
    Andrew Woolford - U. Manitoba, current president of IAGS
    Laura Zelle - Tolerance Minnesota, Smithsonian


    Symposium co-organized with the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair; made possible by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.
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  • Upcoming in October: Lecture on History, Memory and Fiction in the Representation of Extreme Violence in Latin America

    Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 PM
    “Can the Story Be Told? History, Memory and Fiction in the Representation of Extreme Violence in Latin America” 
    Lecture by CARLOS PABÓN, University of Puerto Rico
    710 Social Sciences
    Cosponsored by the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese and the Dept. of History. 

    Prof. Pabón will reflect on the relation between history, memory and fiction in the representations of traumatic pasts, with particular focus on the debates in Latin America. He will address the often contested politics of memory and the uses of forgetfulness with respect to events of massive political violence in cases such as Argentina and Chile; and the relation of these politics with historical writing and other modes of representation, such as witness testimony.

    What aspects of a traumatic or catastrophic event must be remembered and how must we remember? What are the aesthetical, ethical and political implications of the narratives or representations of traumatic events of recent pasts? What are the limits of these representations?





    Carlos Pabón is professor of History at the University of Puerto Rico. He is the author of the books Nación postmortem. Ensayos sobre los tiempos de insoportable ambigüedad (San Juan, Ediciones Callejón, 2002); Polémicas. Política, intelectuales, violencia (San Juan, Ediciones Callejón, 2014); and Mínima política: textos breves y fragmentos sobre la crisis contemporánea (San Juan, Ediciones La Secta de los Perros, 2015). He is editor of the collection of essays titled El pasado ya no es lo que era. La historia en tiempos de incertidumbre (San Juan, Ediciones Vértigo, 2005); and has published a great number of articles and essays on nationalism, globalization, intellectuals, historiography and memory. At present he is working on a book on the ethical and political implications of the representations of genocide and other forms extreme violence in the Twentieth Century; and the problem of history and memory of traumatic events in Latin America.
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