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  • Spring 2017 Symposium on Comparative Genocide Studies

    Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8, 2017
    “Comparative Genocide Studies and the Holocaust: Conflict and Convergence” international symposium

    The symposium will address the particular place of the Holocaust against the background of recent knowledge on genocide and mass violence across the globe delivered and disseminated by a new generation of historians, social scientists, and educators. We plan to address definitional, methodological, theoretical, and pedagogical challenges in the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies from a range of disciplinary perspectives. We are specially interested in addressing debates about comparison and singularity, as they have unfolded with regard to the status of the Holocaust in the context of genocide studies in recent years. The symposium aims to foster an intellectual space for productive dialogue between scholars, curators and educators dealing with the Holocaust and with genocides in various context.
    Keynote Address will be the 2017 Ohanessian Lecture by Timothy Snyder:

    7:00 pm, Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union
    TIMOTHY SNYDER, History, 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.
     
     

    This conference is presented for University of Minnesota students, faculty, and Twin Cities educators and curators. Registration is required. Registration information coming soon!
    Thursday 

    *Conference Keynote* 
    7:00 pm, Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union
    TIMOTHY SNYDER, History, 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. 

    Friday

    9:00 am Sign in/ refreshments/coffee
     

    9:15 am Welcome
     

    9:30 am
    Opening Lectures: Charting the Field
    Andrew Woolford, Sociology, University of Manitoba, President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.
    Phillip Spencer, History, Kingston University. Director of the Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights, Conflict and Mass Violence.
     

    1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Panel 1: Comparative Genocide Research: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges

    This panel will engage comparative analysis and typological models for historicizing and contrasting large scale violence against civilians. Questions to be discussed include the following: To what extent is research on genocide and mass atrocities filtered through the lens of the Holocaust or conditioned by existing international law definitions? How are differences and similarities accounted for (for instance between the Holocaust and colonial genocides in the XVIII and XIX centuries)? What conceptual tools, theoretical orientations and methodologies are shared across disciplinary divides?
    Alexander Hinton, Anthropology and Global Affairs, Rutgers University. Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights
    Eric Weitz, History, The City College of New York
    Hollie Nyseth Brehm, Sociology, Ohio State University
    Wolf Gruner, Jewish Studies and History, University of Southern California. Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research

    COFFEE BREAK

    3:30- 5:30 pm
    Panel 2: Holocaust, Genocide and the Politics of Naming
    Despite the existence of a legal definition brought forward by the 1948 UN Genocide Convention, the concept of genocide is at times expanded by scholars and activists to encompass different categories and methods of extreme violence, including state terror against political enemies, war crimes and other massive human right violations committed by state and non-state actors. We strive to foster a discussion on the varying effects of the genocide frame when it is adopted in different contexts. How have such frames facilitated or inhibited knowledge and action vis-a-vis unfolding events of mass violence, as well as remembrance, justice, and reconciliation in their aftermath? The panel will examine where and how terminology pertaining to the history of the Holocaust and the concept of genocide is applied and will discuss the potential and limitations of cross-fertilization between scholarly and political/activist and legal agendas.
    Tatiana Zhurzhenko, Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna.
    Carlos Pabón, History, University of Puerto Rico
    Joachim Savelsberg, Sociology, University of Minnesota. Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair
    Alejandro Baer, Sociology, University of Minnesota. Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
     

    Saturday 

    9:00 - 11:00 am
    Panel 3: Teaching and Commemorating the Holocaust and other Genocides: Global Perspectives
    Holocaust commemoration and education has been for decades a model example to sensitize to the dangers of hatred, discrimination, and dehumanization. This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges of Holocaust education and memorialization from the perspective of different institutions in Europe and the US. Panelists will address changes in how Holocaust history and memory have served as global reference points to raise awareness about other genocides and about state violence and human rights abuses generally.
    Irit Dekel, Religious Studies, University of Virginia
    Elke Gryglewski, Director, House of the Wannsee Conference Educational and Memorial Site, Berlin

    Krista Hegburg, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Claire Mouradian, National Research Center CNRS, Paris
     

    11:00 - 12:00 BRUNCH

    12:00 - 2:00 pm
    Panel 4: Teaching and Commemorating the Holocaust and other Genocide in Minnesota
    This panel will continue the discussion opened in the first panel and address the context of Holocaust and Genocide education and commemoration in Minnesota, specifically against the background of a local history of genocide of the Native American population and the histories of various immigrant groups.
    Laura Zelle, Tolerance Minnesota
    Dan Wildeson, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, St. Cloud State University.
    Lou Ann Matossian, Educator and former Director of the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota.

    2:00 - 2:15 pm

    Concluding thoughts by the organizers and farewell

    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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  • 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.

    Thursday, 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.

    Friday, February 3, 10:10 AM
    155 Blegen
    PAUL ROBERT MAGOCSI, University of Toronto
    "Jews and Ukrainians: A Millenium of Co-Existence"
    Organized by the Center for Austrian Studies, cosponsored by CHGS and the Center for Jewish Studies.

    February 7, 2017, 11:45 AM
    135 Nicholson Hall
    MICHAEL BERKOWITZ, University College London
    "American Jews, Photography, and Moviemaking During the Second World War: An Alternative Cultural History"
    Organized by the Center for Jewish Studies, cosponsored by CHGS.
     
    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 and the History Department.

    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
    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 
    Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union
    *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.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2:30 PM
    Book release event with:
    PHILIP SPENCER, Kingston University
    "Antisemitism and the Left: The Return of the Jewish Question"
    and BRUNO CHAOUAT, UMN
    "Is Theory Good for the Jews?"
    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 
    Influx Space, Regis Center for Art
    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 
    120 Andersen Library"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. 

    Tuesday, 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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  • "The Mitzvah Project," a one-person play and presentation with Roger Grunwald

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