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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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  • 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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  • Armenian Genocide Centennial | CHGS events in commemoration of the 100th anniversary, April 23-25

    Facebook image-2 copy.pngAs we approach the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Program and the Institute for Global Studies will be hosting three days of events to commemorate this centennial. The events will include the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lecture featuring Professor Bedross Der Matossian, which is open to the public (April 23), a student conference, entitled "One Hundred Years of Genocide" (April 24), open to the public, and a K-16 teacher workshop (April 25).

    The objectives of these events are to promote public understanding of the genocide and the fates of those who lost their lives and those who escaped. The events will also analyze responses by the international community, and discuss the long-term implications for international policy and actions to prevent and respond to genocide.

    Thursday, April 23, 7:00pm
    Bedross Der Matossian, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    "The Armenian Genocide Historiography on the Eve of the Centennial: From Continuity to Contingency"

    Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Humphrey Forum
    open to the public

    Friday, April 24, 8:45am - 5:00pm
    100 Years of Genocide - Student Conference

    Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room #25
    open to the public

    Saturday, April 25, 8:45am - 3:00pm
    World War I and the Armenian Genocide - Teacher Workshop

    1210 Heller Hall

    Saturday, April 25, 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Guided Tour of Bdote, sacred Dakota site at Ft. Snelling State Park

    led by Professor Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair

    Events organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Human Rights Program, Institute for Global Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, and Ohanessian Chair. Made possible by the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.

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  • Tour of Bdote, sacred Dakota site at Ft. Snelling State Park

    Saturday, April 25
    11:00am - 1:00pm
    Ft. Snelling State Park

    Guided Tour for U of M Graduate Students (by registration)
    Lunch and shuttle bus between campus / Ft. Snelling provided
    Space is limited!
    Please email for details and to reserve your spot.


    We are living, learning, and working in a particular place with a long, fascinating, troubling, and frequently unknown story. One goal for this tour is that participants begin to experience the place we live in as Mnisota Makoce, the Dakota Homelands. We will be visiting several Dakota sacred sites located in an area that would later be called the Twin Cities. How has colonization impacted Dakota use and access to these places? How have Dakota people asserted a continuing relationship with these places? This tour will provide participants with a more nuanced and complicated understanding of the place we call home.


    Iyekiyapiwiƞ Darlene St. Clair is an Associate Professor at Saint Cloud State University where she teaches American Indian Studies and directs the Multicultural Resource Center. Her work focuses on several areas: Dakota Studies, the integration of Native cultures, histories and languages into curricula and educational institutions, and the arts and cultural expressions of Native peoples. She is Bdewakaƞtuƞwaƞ Dakota and an enrolled member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community in Minnesota.

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  • Panel on "Shanghailander" Jewish Refugees

    Thursday, April 23
    9:30 - 11:30am
    Northrop Auditorium

    China Day is an annual half-day event that brings together Minnesota high school students who study Chinese at the University of Minnesota. Keynote speakers include a panel of "Shanghailanders," individuals who lived in Shanghai as Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. Panelist will speak about their life in Shanghai and share with students what Shanghai was like during a critical time in history. The theme coincides with an exhibit that the Confucius Institute will be sponsoring, Jewish Refugees in Shanghai.

    The panel discussion will be facilitated by Alejandro Baer, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and professor in the Department of Sociology.

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  • Director of Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. to give talk on the Implications of the Holocaust for Multireligious Conversations, April 22

    Luncheon program featuring Victoria Barnett
    Director of Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
    Wednesday, April 22, 11:45am
    Mt. Zion Temple, St. Paul
    For reservations:


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