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Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

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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  • 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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  • Courses of interest for the Fall 2015 semester

      GER 1905 -- Freshman Seminar: Remediating the Holocaust (Leslie Morris, Th 4:40-7:10pm, Kolthoff Hall 139)

      HIST 3727 -- History of the Holocaust (Melissa Kelley, M/W 9:45-11:00am, Nicholson 110)
      Study of 1933-1945 extermination of six million Jews and others by Nazi Germany on basis of race. European anti-Semitism. Implications of social Darwinism and race theory. Perpetrators, victims, onlookers, resistance. Theological responses of Jews and Christians. 

      GCC 3002 -- Grand Challenges: Beyond Atrocity - Political Reconciliation, Collective Memories and Justice (Alejandro Baer, Catherine Guisan, Tu/Th 11:15-12:30pm, Anderson Hall 330)

      SOC 4104 -- Crime and Human Rights (Joachim Savelsberg, Tu/Th 2:30-3:45pm, Blegen 225)

      AMIN 1001 -- American Indian Peoples in the United States (Tu/Th 1:00-2:15, Elliott N647)
      Introduction to how voices/visions of indigenous peoples have contributed to history of cultural expression in North America. Historic contexts/varieties of this expression by region, tribal cultures. Emphasizes contributions in literature, philosophy, politics, fine arts.

      AMIN 1003 -- American Indians in Minnesota (multiple listings)
      History, culture, and lived experience of American Indian people in Minnesota. Self-representation and histories of Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and Dakota peoples through film, music, oral traditions, and written texts. Work by non-Indian scholars focuses on cultural, philosophical, and linguistic perspectives of Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples.

      HIST 3872 -- American Indian History since 1830 (W 6:20-8:30, Blegen 110)
      Focus on the impact of federal Indian policy on American Indian cultures and societies, and on American Indian culture change.

      HIST 5940 -- Topics in Asian History: Cultures of Modernity and Memories of the Past in East Asia (Liping Wang, W 3:35-5:30, Carlson 1-122)

      POL 8260 -- Topics in Political Theory: Colonialism (Th 3:35-5:20pm, Soc Sci 1383)

      POL 8660 -- Topics in Comparative Politics: Authoritarian Regimes (David Samuels, Tu 1:25-3:20pm, Blegen 330)

      SPAN 3221 -- Interpreting Colonial Latin America: Empire and Early Modernity (Raul Marrero-Fente, Tu/Thu 1:00-2:15pm, Nicholson 120)
      Conquest, colonization, and forms of resistance in Latin America.

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      • Upcoming in September: Michiko Harada, hibakusha (atomic bomb victim), speaking for peace

        Michiko Harada
        Hibakusha (atomic bomb victim)

        September, 2015
        University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

        2015 marks the end of World War II and the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan; it also marks the 60th anniversary of the friendship between St. Paul and Nagasaki as sister cities. To commemorate, the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims (PMH)  is sending the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Exhibition, which will be on display at the Landmark Center in Saint Paul from August 22 to Thanksgiving. Accompanying events include a film screening, and a talk at the University of Minnesota by Ms. Michiko Harada, a hibakusha (atomic bomb victim), who will travel from Nagasaki and speak about her experience with the atomic bomb and why she speaks for peace.
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      • Upcoming in October: Daniel Blaufuks - artist talk and film screening

        Daniel Blaufuks 

        Artist Talk and Film Screening
        October, 2015
        University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

        Daniel Blaufuks is an artist working on the relation between photography and literature, and between public-private and individual-collective memory and history.  Events will include a discussion with the artist, and screening of his recent video work using both found footage and contemporary images of Nazi concentration camps. 

        Daniel Blaufuks was born in Lisbon in 1963 in a family of Jewish German refugees. He studied at Ar.Co (Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual), Lisbon, at the Royal College of Art, London and at the Watermill Foundation, New York.  He has been showing widely and works mainly in photography and video, presenting his work through books, installations and films.

        Blaufuks has been working on the relation between photography and literature, through works like My Tangier with the writer Paul Bowles. More recently, Collected Short Stories displays several photographic diptychs in a kind of “snapshot prose,” a speech based on visual fragments that give indication of private stories on their way to become public. The relation between public and private and individual and collective memory, has been one of the constant interrogations in his work. He has been showing widely and works mainly in photography and video, presenting his work through books, installations and films. The documentary Under Strange Skies was shown at the Lincoln Center in New York. His exhibitions include: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, LisboaPhoto, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, Photoespaña, Madrid, where his book Under Strange Skies received the award for Best Photography Book of the Year in the International Category in 2007, the year he received the BES Photo Award as well. He published Terezín with Steidl, Götingen. In 2011 he had a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and in 2014 at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon. For more information see
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      • Upcoming Talk on October 21 by author Lou Ureneck: Archival Research at the University's Libraries, and "The Great Fire" at Smyrna

        Wednesday, October 21, 2015
        Details forthcoming

        CHGS, with the University of Minnesota Libraries, is pleased to announce an upcoming talk by Boston University professor and journalist Lou Ureneck on his recently published book, The Great Fire: One American's Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century's First Genocide, the harrowing story of a Methodist Minister and a principled American naval officer who helped rescue more than 250,000 refugees during the persecution of Armenian and Greek Christians, published to coincide with the Armenian genocide’s centennial in 2015.

        Professor Ureneck conducted much of his research in writing the book in the U of M Library's extensive Kautz Family YMCA Archives, highlighting the University’s unique ability to place historic events in context, and provide primary sources for study and scholarship.
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