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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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  • 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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  • TUESDAY and THURSDAY, October 13 and 15: International artist DANIEL BLAUFUKS events to include Artist Talk and Film Screening

    The Twin Cities, the University of Minnesota, and CHGS and its many co-sponsors welcome a visit by Lisbon-based German-Jewish media artist DANIEL BLAUFUKS

    Film clips, artist talk and scholarly roundtable discussion
    Tuesday, October 13
    5:30 - 6:00 PM -- Film clips from Als Ob / As If
    6:15 - 7:30 PM -- Roundtable discussion with panel of scholars and artists
    Panel to include University of Minnesota faculty Gary Cohen (History), Paula Rabinowitz (English), Alice Lovejoy (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature), and Leslie Morris (German, Scandinavian and Dutch); and David Harris (RIMON: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation)
    Weisman Art Museum

    Meet the artist and film screening
    Thursday, October 15
    10:00 - 11:30 AM Coffee with the artist
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Als Ob / As If Film installation on the Czech city of Terezín / WWII Jewish camp-ghetto of Theresienstadt
    Weisman Art Museum

    Daniel Blaufuks is an acclaimed artist working in Lisbon and exhibiting internationally. His exhibition, "All the Memory of the World, Part One," has as its theme the creation of memory through media. In other words: the use of film and photography to create memories, even memories that are actually fictional. Please read more about this exhibition here.

    At the center of the exhibition is "Als Ob / As If," a monumental 4-hour film installation. In Als Ob, Blaufuks combines footage he shot in 2014 in the Czech city of Terezín, which was formerly the Jewish ghetto of Theresienstadt, with footage from Nazi propaganda films.

    The contemporary clips are of everything that makes up the life of a normal city. They are reflected in clips from the fake documentary "Theresienstadt" made by the Germans in 1944, which pretended to show how normal the city/ghetto/concentration camp was. In the propaganda film, we see the elderly passing by, children playing, and chess-playing men. Combining clips from these two films is powerful, especially as Blaufuks purposely filmed some scenes in the same locations that the Nazi video depicts.

    Blaufuks was born in Lisbon in 1963 to 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 exhibits 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

    Event organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, co-sponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, Center for German and European Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Art, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch, Department of History, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Institute for Advanced Study, Weisman Art Museum, and Macalester College. Additional support from RIMON: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.
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  • THURSDAY, October 21: Author LOU URENECK, Archival Research at the University's Libraries, and "The Great Fire" at Smyrna

    Wednesday, October 21
    Author LOU URENECK, Boston University
    The Great Fire at Smyrna and the genocide of the Ottoman Greek and Armenian population
    120 Andersen Library

    3:30 PM - Light reception and exhibition of YMCA Archives
    4:00 PM - Talk and Q&A with the author
    5:00 PM - Book signing

    CHGS, with the University of Minnesota Libraries, is pleased to present 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.  A previous interview with Ureneck is available here.

    Ryan Bean, Archivist with the Libraries, will introduce the collections, and Department of Political Science faculty member Catherine Guisan will provide a brief overview of the history and politics of the time.  Books will be available for sale at the event, and the author will do a signing following the talk.

    Co-organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, co-sponsored by the Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Immigration History Research Center Archives, the University of Minnesota Libraries, and the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair.
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  • Teaching Genocide: Lessons, Resources, Experiences -- one-day educator workshop in November

    Saturday, November 7
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    1210 Heller Hall
    West Bank, University of Minnesota

    Six licensed educators attended the Institute for Global Studies summer institute, Holocaust Education in a Global Context on June 15-18, 2015. The following two weeks, these six educators worked to accumulate and create lesson plans, resources, and information which will aid in teaching about the Armenian Genocide, the Rwandan Genocide, the Cambodian Genocide, the Dakota War, and the Holocaust. These teachers will be talking about their experience and presenting their materials in the daylong workshop.

    Free workshop, open by registration to educators, worth 6 CEUs. 
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  • Upcoming talk on November 18: Canadian scholar, Adam Muller, on colonial genocide and empathy

    Embodying Empathy: Canadian Settler-Colonial Genocide and the Making of a Virtual Indian Residential School
    Adam Muller, University of Manitoba 
    November 18, 2015
    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 with support from the IAS Collaborative, "Reframing Mass Violence."
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