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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 Spring 2017 Programming & Events Calendar | CHGS 20th Anniversary

    Thursday, January 26, 7:00 PM
    Beth El Synagogue, 5225 Barry Street West, St. Louis Park
    *International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration* 
    FATHER PATRICK DESBOIS
    "A Voice of Conscience"
    Organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, cosponsored by CHGS, St. Cloud State University Center for Holocaust & Genocide Education, and Beth El Synagogue Jewish Institute of Life and Learning.

    Tuesday, February 2, 4:30 PM 
    Humphrey Forum
    EDMON MARUKYAN, Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
    Principled Voices: "Fighting Corruption and Advocating for Human Rights in Armenia"
    Organized by the Human Rights Program, cosponsored by CHGS, the College of Liberal Arts, the Institute of Global Studies, and the Arsham and Ohanessian Chair.

    Tuesday, February 7, 7:30 PM 
    Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Avenue, St. Paul
    MICHAEL BERKOWITZ, University College London
    "Rascals, Fugitives, and Gentlemen: The Hidden History of Jews and Photojournalism"
    Organized by the Center for Jewish Studies, cosponsored by CHGS.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2:30 PM
    Best Buy Theater - Northrop Auditorium
    ROGER GRUNWALD
    "The Mitzvah Project"
    A one-man performance and presentation about the "Mischlinge" - Nazi soldiers of Jewish descent
    Organized by CHGS with the Center for Jewish Studies and the Human Rights Program.

    Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 PM 
    Weisman Art Museum
    DARCY BUERKLE, Smith College
    Charlotte Salomon’s Art, Autobiography and the Holocaust
    Organized by the Center for Jewish Studies, cosponsored by CHGS and the Center for Austrian Studies.

    Sunday, April 2, 2:00 PM *tentative*
    Fort Snelling State Park
    IYEKIYAPIWIN DARLENE ST. CLAIR, St. Cloud State University
    Tour of Bdote, sacred Dakota site at Ft. Snelling State Park
    Organized by CHGS.

    Thursday - Saturday, April 6 - 8 
    *International Symposium* 
    "Comparative Genocide Studies and the Holocaust: Conflict and Convergence"
    Organized by CHGS 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. 

    Thursday, April 6, 7:00 PM 
    *Symposium Keynote and 2017 Ohanessian Lecture* 
     TIMOTHY SNYDER, Yale University
    "The Politics of Mass Killing: Past and Present"
    Organized by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Center for Austrian Studies, and the University of St. Thomas' Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, Aquinas Chair in Theology and Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, and Grants and Research Office. Made possible with support from the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.

    Thursday, April 13 
    PHILLIP SPENCER, Kingston University
    "Antisemitism and the Left: The Return of the Jewish Question"
    Organized by CHGS.

    Wednesday, April 19 
    Sabes Jewish Community Center
    *Exhibition Opening* 
    "[Re]Telling: Holocaust Art" exhibit opening and reception for UMN visiting scholar YEHUDIT SHENDAR
    Organized by CHGS and the Sabes Jewish Community Center. Made possible with support from the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation, and the Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment, a fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation's Foundation.

    Thursday, April 20, 4:00 PM 
    SERGE AVEDIKIAN, Director
    Screening of "Nous avons bu la même eau" ("We Drank the Same Water"), a film about the Armenian Genocide, and Q&A with film director Serge Avedikian
    Organized by CHGS and the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair. 

    Wednesday, April 26 
    YEHUDIT SHENDAR, retired Museum Deputy Director and Senior Art Curator, Yad Vashem
    "Yad Vashem: Beyond the Museum," talk and virtual tour of Israel’s Holocaust memorial
    Organized by CHGS, cosponsored by the Center for German and European Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, and Center for Jewish Studies. Made possible by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.

    Wednesday, May 3 
    "Conveying the Unspeakable: Art and the History Museum," panel event
    Featuring:
    YEHUDIT SHENDAR, Deputy Director and Senior Art Curator, Yad Vashem
    DANIEL SPOCK, Director, Minnesota History Center Museum
    LIN NELSON-MAYSON, Director, UMN Goldstein Museum of Design
    Organized by CHGS. Made possible by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation. 

    Thursday, May 9 
    "Teaching the Holocaust through Art" educator workshop featuring YEHUDIT SHENDAR and local educators
    Organized by CHGS. Made possible by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.

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  • 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Event featuring Father Partick Desbois

    Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:00 PM 
    Beth El Synagogue, 5225 Barry Street West, St. Louis Park

    The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) is cosponsoring this event, presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day featuring a talk by Father Patrick Desbois, who will discuss his work identifying sites of mass execution during World War II. CHGS is providing a round-trip shuttle bus for students.  
    Reserve your spot here.
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  • Thu, Feb 2, 4:30pm | EDMON MARUKYAN: "Fighting Corruption and Advocating for Human Rights in Armenia"

    Details and registration information here.
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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 Politics of Mass Killing: Past and Present”
    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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  • 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
    Open to public enrollment!  Please see the course description on the UMN ClassInfo page.
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  • NOW ON VIEW | "Displaced: Photos and Remembrances of Maxine Rude: 1945-1946"

    Displaced: Photos and Remembrances of Maxine Rude: 1945-1946

    Exhibition now on view!
    Eiger-Zaidenweber Holocaust Resource Center, Sabes Jewish Community Center 
    4330 Cedar Lake Rd S, Minneapolis, MN 55416


    Maxine Rude was a photographer for the United States Army and the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), an organization formed to help the approximately 21million people displaced throughout Europe following World War Two.

    Photography can be a crucial component to news items, providing a visual narrative that has a life and power independent from written journalism. Over time, such photos can become icons, being the primary way people think about and imagine historic events. Photojournalism is therefore potentially quite powerful, shaping our understanding of history and the world.

    In the exhibit CHGS Director Alejandro Baer reflects on displaced persons in current contexts: "Comparisons to the Holocaust and the events that led to it have become commonplace when examining current events. The recent refugee crisis raises a range of comparisons between historical opinions about Jewish refugees before the Holocaust and opinions about contemporary refugees in America."

    Please visit the exhibit during open hours of the Sabes JCC.  Ask at the security desk for help in locating and accessing the exhibition space on the second floor of the JCC. 
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