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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.

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 clickhere.

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

  • Genocide Education Outreach from CHGS

    CHGS works with a number of graduate students who teach and research genocide from a variety of fields of study. We are connecting these emerging scholars with schools, community colleges, and community organizations that are seeking guest educators through our new initiative: 

    GEO (Genocide Education Outreach)

    MA graduate Joe Eggers visits a group of high school students

    Participating graduate students are able to bring their academic research to a wide audience providing specific resources and relevant, accessible, and positive learning experiences to students outside of the university. Last year, GEO presented topics including:

    - What is genocide? The development of the legal definition of genocide

    - Was the Holocaust inevitable? An introduction to the lead-up to WWII

    - Twentieth Century African Genocides

    - Genocide in the Media

    A high school class visits the CHGS Library and artifact collection
    Bring a graduate student to your class or community group! Or bring your class to CHGS to visit the library, learn from our graduate students, and see our artifact collection.

    Please contact Demetrios Vital, CHGS Outreach Coordinator, for questions and information.

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  • Summer Educator Workshop, June 20-23, 2016 -- Teaching about Genocide in Africa: Rwanda and Darfur

    June 20-23, 2016
    African Studies Initiative (ASI) Summer Educator Workshop
    "Teaching about Genocide in Africa: Rwanda and Darfur"
    sponsored by the Title VI grant

    CHGS was pleased to attend and help support this week-long seminar, sponsored by the African Studies Initiative Title VI grant. This institute was co-led by Wahutu Siguru, PhD Candidate in Sociology and former CHGS Badzin Fellow, and Nancy Ziemer, high school teacher, and developed out of last summer's "Holocaust in a Global Context" institute and the subsequent curriculum development project, which Ziemer helped lead. Taking this curriculum as a foundation, the institute took a comparative approach to the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur. 

    Participants gained content knowledge about the origin and legal ramifications of the term "genocide," and how various groups, such as the United Nations and the media, have addressed the two genocides. Each session included engaging activities that can be used in secondary and post-secondary classrooms. By the end of the seminar, participants gained a collection of materials for their classrooms, including resources, teaching methods, and teaching units.

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  • Recent CHGS exhibition at Wilson Library

    Displaced: The Semiotics of Identity 
    Special exhibit on display from April 27 through May 13, 2016

    "Syriana," Melissa Boric
    Untitled, from "Silence is Golden," Bette Mittelman
    "Herbert Fantle," Felix de la Concha
    Displaced: The Semiotics of Identity is an on-site installation and digital exhibition that invites contemplation on issues of displacement, survival, and identity. Displacement is a deeply personal experience, and yet one that is implicitly collective.

    The curators are students from the semester-long Department of Art workshop "Be the Curator: Curatorial Theory and Practice." Local art educators, curators, and artists helped guide the process of making a relevant and meaningful exhibition, which involved intensive group exploration of the value of artistic expression, how to establish a scope of artworks and objects that is inclusive and exclusive, and design an exhibition that is educational and engaging. 

    Co-sponsored by the University Libraries, the Center for Holocaust And Genocide Studies, and the Department of Art.
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  • Performance of the Musical Drama Broucci (Fireflies), based on the Czech folktale performed at the Terezin / WWII Jewish camp-ghetto of Theresienstadt

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  • Holocaust Memorial Day event at CHGS in conjunction with HGMV

    Thursday, May 5, 4:00 PM
    710 Social Sciences Building
    *Holocaust Memorial Day*
    SIDI N'DIAYE, Research Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    The Role of Historical Hate Representations in the Murder of Neighbors in Rwanda (1994) and Poland (World War II)

    An examination of the place of historical and hatred representations in the murders of Jewish neighbors during the Second World War in Poland and of Tutsi neighbors, during the 1994 genocide. Through the analysis of these proximity massacres, two forms of extreme violence will be discussed in comparing the pitches and the conscious and unconscious psychological and theoretical justifications. 

    Dr. Sidi N’Diaye is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique (ISP) at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (France.) He received his PhD in Political Science from the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense in 2012. A native speaker of Soninke, Dr. Sidi N’Diaye possess language skills in French, English, Arabic, Wolof, and Pulaar. While in residence at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Dr. N’Diaye will work on his project, “Historical and Mental Representations in the Proximity of Massacres: A Comparative Approach of the Genocide of Tutsis from Rwanda and Jews from Poland through Murders of Neighbors.”

    Dr. N’Diaye has published two books: The Violent Past and the Policy of Repentance in Mauritania, 1989-2012 (LGDJ, 2013), and Dissonances, Melodies and Social Policies in Mauritania: Random Discussions and Free Fragments, co-authored with Abdarahmane Ngaidé (L'Harmattan, 2014). He expects to finish his next monograph project by the end of May 2016.

    Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, cosponsored by the African Studies Initiative and the Human Rights Program, held in conjunction with the Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Violence (HGMV) interdisciplinary graduate student group.
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  • HGMV Student Funding Opportunities

    We are pleased to offer HGMV graduate students funding support for travel to present their research at academic conferences, which includes an exciting new partnership with the UMN Libraries: 

    CHGS / HRP travel awards funded by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program
      Library Archives travel awards: the Kautz Family YMCA Archives HGMV Graduate Award, and the IHRC Archives HGMV Graduate Award
        Funding for both types of awards will be provided to graduate students in the form of reimbursement for travel costs and registration fees for conferences, symposia, workshops, and meetings where they will present their work.

        Topics must be relevant to the Holocaust, genocide, mass violence and other systemic human rights violations. Applications accepted on a rolling basis, first consideration will be given to those students who have presented or are scheduled to present their work in the HGMV workshop.  

        Library awards require prior consultation with an archivist, and incorporation of archive research in the paper.  Archivists are always available for consult via and

          - Brief cover letter (directed to CHGS / HRP)
          - Date and title of conference / symposium / workshop / meeting
          - Title of presentation and abstract presentation (500 words)
          - Funds required (up to $500 US )
          - Date and title of HGMV Workshop presentation
          - Date of consultation with archivist and collection(s) utilized (for Library Archives award)
          - Other funding secured or being sought for travel, through UMN or elsewhere
          - Appropriately and accurately cite Archives collections in future presentations / papers (for Library Archives award)

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