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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.

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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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  • 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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  • TODAY! Canadian scholar, Adam Muller, will speak about the creation of an immersive virtual education tool representing an Indian Residential School in an attempt to bring survivors of genocide closer to secondary witnesses

    Embodying Empathy: Canadian Settler-Colonial Genocide and the Making of a Virtual Indian Residential School
    Adam Muller, University of Manitoba  
    Wednesday, November 18
    4:00 PM
    710 Social Sciences
    West Bank, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    This presentation introduces and reflects on some of the key challenges facing researchers involved with the multidisciplinary critical and creative Embodying Empathy project now underway at the University of Manitoba. Embodying Empathy seeks to construct a digital representation of a Canadian Indian Residential School (IRS) using virtual and augmented reality technologies. The project’s digital “storyworld” is being designed as a museum-quality educational tool that will instruct those immersed in it about Canadian settler-colonial genocide. It also seeks to ascertain whether immersive representations can bridge the empathetic distance separating victims from secondary witnesses to atrocity.

    Adam Muller is Associate Professor of English at the University of Manitoba (Canada). He specializes in the representations of war, genocide and mass violence, human rights, memory studies, critical theory, cultural studies, and analytic philosophy.

    Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, the Institute for Advanced Study collaborative "Reframing Mass Violence," and the Minnesota Humanities Center.
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  • November 30 APPLICATION DEADLINE: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellowship for 2016-2017

    The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies awards fellowships on a competitive basis to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. We welcome proposals from scholars in all academic disciplines, including but not limited to history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, sociology, anthropology, comparative genocide studies, and law.

    Stipends range up to $3,500 per month for the purpose of defraying local housing and other miscellaneous living expenses and are subject to US tax law. Residents of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area receive a reduced stipend of $1,750 per month. Awards include a stipend to offset the cost of direct travel to and from Washington, DC. Residents of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area do not receive a travel stipend. The funds provided through this award may be subject to US federal and/or state tax. Please be advised the Mandel Center cannot provide individual tax advice.

    Accepting applications for the 2016–2017 fellowship competition: September 1, 2015–November 30, 2015.

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  • December 1: Discussion on the implications of comparing the experiences of Jews and Native Americans

    Reflections on the Comparison of
    Jews and Native Americans as Victims
    by LEO REIGERT, Kenyon College

    Tuesday, December 1
    1:00-2:30 PM
    Folwell 113

    Jews and Native Americans are often rhetorically connected as victims of genocide by members of both groups. In this talk, Associate Professor of German at Kenyan College, Leo Reigert, will reflect from both a personal and scholarly perspective on what is gained and lost in such representations. Compared to the Holocaust, public acknowledgement of the genocide committed against the Native Americans remains limited, not to speak of restitution or the payment of reparations. This, it will be argued, has important ramifications for writing and thinking about the two groups.

    Leo Reigert is Associate Professor of German, Kenyan Collge. This talk is part of his new project investigating the encounter with Native Americans in the lives and works of German Jewish authors from the nineteenth century to the present day.

    Organized by The Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of American Indian Studies.
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  • Educator Training, Wednesdays beginning in January -- "Teaching about Genocide in Africa: Rwanda and Darfur"

    Teaching about Genocide in Africa: Rwanda and Darfur

    Date: Wednesdays, January 20th-May 4th, 2016 see UMN academic calendar
    Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
    Place: 609 Social Sciences, West Bank UMN
    CEUs: 30 (2 optional graduate credits available for an additional fee)
    Cost: $100 (includes parking vouchers and resources)
    Registration deadline: January 6, 2016
    Register here

    What counts as a genocide? Why do scholars view Darfur as not being genocide while the ICC had charged the president of Sudan, politicians and rebels with the crime of genocide? Why was Rwanda such a clear-cut example of genocide in Africa and not Darfur?

    In this weekly seminar sponsored by the African Studies Initiative Title VI grant, we will discuss all these questions and more as we talk about and work through crafting lessons to be used in middle and high school classes, that are not only engaging but also enlightening to students. We will begin by talking about the origin of the term genocide and finish by addressing current debates about the term genocide and how to inculcate them into teaching methods. The aim of the class is to come up with a not only effective lessons but also finding and making use of useful resources on genocide and mass atrocity studies by the end of the semester.

    Institute leads: James Wahutu, PhD Candidate in Sociology UMN and Nancy Ziemer, high school teacher
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