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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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  • From "Racial Paradise" to the Racist Anti-racism of Frente Negra Brasileira

    Satty Flaherty-Echeverría, Ph.D Candidate, Spanish and Portuguese Studies
    HGMV Workshop
    Thursday, October 30, 3:00p.m. Room 710 Social Sciences Building

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  • Just A War Theory? American Public Attitudes on Proportionality and Distinction

    A Lecture by Benjamin Valentino
    Monday, November 3
    1:30 p.m.
    1314 Social Sciences Building

    Dr. Benjamin Valentino is an Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. His research interests include the causes and consequences of violent conflict and American foreign and security policies, and the causes and prevention of genocide.

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  • CHGS partners with international Holocaust institutions for a major conference in Madrid

    On November 24-26, 2014, a conference entitled, Bystanders, Rescuers or Perpetrators? The Neutrals and the Shoah - Facts, Myths and Countermyths, will be held at Centro Sefarad-Israel in Madrid, Spain.

    This conference is supported by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and sponsored by Centro Sefarad Israel - Madrid; Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies- University of Minnesota; Mémorial de la Shoah - Paris; History Unit of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland - Berne; Topography of Terror Foundation - Berlin; Living History Forum - Stockholm; Memoshoá/Association for the Education and Remembrance of the Holocaust - Lisbon and Tarih Vakfı/History Foundation - Istanbul.

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  • 2013-2014 Annual Report available online

    The CHGS annual report is now available in PDF on our website. The report includes highlights of programs, events and articles that took place in the last year. To directly view the report click here.

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  • Re/Imagining PTSD: Toward a Cripistemology of Trauma

    Angela Carter, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
    HGMV Workshop
    Thursday, October 16, 3:00p.m. Room 710 Social Sciences Building

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    From news coverage to television dramas, American culture is saturated with representations of trauma. Moreover, global politics and economic policies all but ensure a future where a life structured by catastrophe can be expected.

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  • Post-graduate Symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender

    Call for Papers and Posters
    The Transitional Justice Institute (University of Ulster) and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (University of Ulster) invite proposals for a one-day postgraduate symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender to be held on Friday, 8 May 2015.

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  • The Aleph-bet as an Ontological Basis of Ethics?

    Classical Rhetorics, Technical Communication, the Holocaust, and the Object Beyond
    A conversation with Steven Katz, the R. Roy and Marnie Pearce Professor of Professional Communication, and Professor of English, at Clemson University.
    Wednesday, October 22
    125 Nolte Center
    11:30 a.m.
    Presented by the Department of Writing Studies

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  • CHGS co-sponsoring 2 films at the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival

    CHGS will co-sponsor The German Friend and 24 Days at the 2014 Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival on November first and second, both screenings will be at the Sabes Jewish Community Center.

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  • AGMI ANNOUNCES 2015 LEMKIN SCHOLARSHIP FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS

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    The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute announces 2015 LEMKIN SCHOLARSHIP program for foreign students and PhD candidates. Raphael Lemkin scholarship is intended to enable foreign students, who specialize in genocide studies, especially in the Armenian Genocide, to visit Armenia for a month to conduct research in local scientific institutions and libraries.

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  • A Cinematic Look at Political Violence in Latin America

    Fridays, October and November 2014
    2:00-4:00p.m.
    Room 710 Social Sciences
    Presented by Paula Cuellar, 2014-2015 Badzin Fellow in Holocaust & Genocide Studies

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    From the dictatorships of the Southern Cone to the civil wars that took place in Central America, the selected films will provide a lens into the systematic and widespread human rights violations that were perpetrated by state authorities during the last decades of the past century. By depicting the different situations lived in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador, the viewers will be able to explore the darkest moments of the history of Latin America in the twentieth century through the arts. In addition to the films we will have discussions on the different implications that the particular forms of violence had for every country.

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  • Barbara Frey, will present on Human Rights Advocacy in Mexico at the first HGMV workshop

    "Uneven Ground: Asymmetries of Power in Human Rights Advocacy in Mexico"
    Presented by Barbara Frey, Director, Human Rights Program
    Thursday, October 2
    3:00p.m.
    Room 710 Social Sciences
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    The presentation is the first of the 2014-2015 workshops for the Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies (HGMV) Interdisciplinary Graduate Group.

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  • Our Mothers, Our Heimat, Our Holocaust: "Ordinary" Nazis on German Television, 1984-2014

    A Lecture by Offer Ashkenazi
    Monday, September 22
    4:00 p.m.
    1210 Heller Hall

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    Edgar Reitz's groundbreaking TV drama "Heimat" aired 30 years ago in an attempt to 'take back" German history from the American entertainment industry. Going back to this drama -- and to the sequel and prequel Reitz directed during the past decades -- I will suggest that "Heimat" subtly provided a revolutionary portrayal of World War II as a framework in which "German" and "Jewish" categories have been melded together to create a new nation (or a genuine alternative to "American" imperialism). In emphasizing this process, I will look at more recent productions, such as "Generation War," to argue that Reitz's implicit notion of German-Jewish symbiosis has been replicated in later mainstream TV dramas. The transformation of this image, however, replaced the self-criticism (or self-mockery) of "Heimat" with a melodramatic affirmation of Germany's "cure" from its violent past.

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  • Convert or Die Christian Persecution and the Rise of the Islamic State

    A round table discussion with French author Richard Millet

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    Thursday, September 18
    3:00pm
    Room 710 Social Sciences Building

    In recent months Christians in Iraq have been given a seriously stark choice by the terrorist group ISIS- "Convert, pay a religious tax, or die!" Forcing many to flee while others have been tortured and killed. Mainly unnoticed by the media the current crisis has hit peak levels and Iraqi Christians no longer feel safe in their homes or country.

    French author Richard Millet will discuss the current situation giving insight into the crisis. Millet has spent many years in Lebanon living among the Christian Maronites his latest work on Middle Eastern Christians will be published in Paris later this year.

    The lecture will be in French & English with a translation by Bruno Chaouat, Chair of the Department of French & Italian, and Monica Kelley, JD, PhD.

    This is the first and long-awaited visit of Richard Millet to the United States. Millet is the author of over twenty books of fiction, a prolific essayist, and a beacon of the contemporary French novel. His essays have provoked robust debate in Europe. His eclectic writings include autobiographical novels that explore questions of origin, mourning and dereliction. His most recent work is on Charlotte Salomon, a German Jewish artist murdered at Auschwitz.

    Sponsored by: Human Rights Program, Department of French & Italian and Program in Human Rights & Health

    Photo: Eddie Potros

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  • Call for Abstracts Special Issue of Gender & History

    Special Issue of Gender & History Volume 28:3 (November 2016)
    Gender and Global Warfare in the Twentieth Century
    Edited by Louise Edwards (UNSW Australia), Martha Hanna (University of Colorado), and Patricia M. E. Lorcin (University of Minnesota).

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    Gender & History calls for article abstracts for a special issue addressing 'Gender and Global Warfare in the Twentieth Century'. Although the occasion for this special issue is the centenary of the First World War, we are interested in contributions that provide a gendered analysis of modern warfare across the globe and throughout the twentieth century, as well as articles relating to the First World War era in particular. Scholarly contributions to the literature on gender and war are usually restricted to a specific war in a specific place, but the memory and trauma of past wars shape the politics, cultures and societies in post-war periods and create the basis on which future wars are waged, experienced or perceived.

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  • Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies

    The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference)
    is offering a limited number of fellowships for Ph.D. and Post Doctoral Candidates
    Conducting Research on the Holocaust.

    The application deadline is January 5, 2015 for the academic year of 2015-2016.
    Maximum Award Amount: $20,000 Per Year

    The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies aims to strengthen Shoah studies and Holocaust memory throughout the world. Our mission is to support the advanced study of the fate of Jews who were systematically targeted for destruction or persecution by the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945, as well as immediate post-war events.

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  • First Meeting of the HGMV 2014-2015 Workshop Announced

    Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence
    Studies (HGMV) Interdisciplinary Graduate Group
    2014-2015 workshops

    First Meeting
    Thursday, September 18
    12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Room 710 Social Sciences Building
    Lunch will be provided

    The group was founded to foster interdisciplinary conversations on the subject areas of Holocaust studies, genocide and memory, peace and conflict studies, human rights, nationalism and ethnic violence, representations of violence and trauma, conflict resolution, transitional justice, historical consciousness and collective memory.

    The HGMV Graduate Group also provides funds for graduate students whose work has been accepted for conference presentations.

    To RSVP to the September 18 meeting or for more information on how to become involved please contact Erma Nezirevic at nezir001@umn.edu.

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  • Call for Applications: Introduction to the Holocaust in the Soviet Union

    The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum invites applications for the seminar "A Research Introduction to the Holocaust in the Soviet Union." This seminar will be held January 5-9, 2015, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

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    The objective of the seminar is to acquaint advanced undergraduate, MA, and early PhD students with the central topics, issues, and sources related to the study of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, including mass shootings, evacuation and rescue, forced labor, and issues of commemoration and memory. Mandel Center scholars will lead discussions, and the seminar will include group analysis of many of the types of primary source material available in the Museum's collections. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore the Museum's extensive library, archival, and other collections.

    All application materials must be received by Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Selected participants will be notified by November 1, 2014.

    Please click here for full details and application requirements.

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  • Seats still available for new course, Never Again! Memory and Politics after Genocide

    SOC 4090 and GLOS 4910
    Tue/Th 1.00 to 2.30 (FALL 2014) /Room 15 Humphrey Center
    Instructor: Alejandro Baer, Associate Professor Sociology, Feinstein Chair and Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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    Course overview: This course focuses on the social repercussions and political consequences of large-scale political violence, such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. How do individuals, communities and societies come to terms with these atrocities? How do successor regimes balance the demands for justice with the need for peace and reconciliation? How is public memory of the atrocities constructed?

    Section I provides an overview of the basic concepts and themes of this class: defining mass violence, collective memory and forgetting in post-atrocity contexts, and transitional justice. In Section II we will look at memory of the Holocaust among descendants of victims and descendants of perpetrators and its impact on the way other communities shape and represent their memories of mass violence and victimhood, i.e. their specific demands, symbolic politics and judicial strategies. In Section III we will address cases from around the globe and different historical settings, including the legacies of State terror in Latin America, the aftermath of Stalinist mass violence in Eastern Europe and American Indian struggles for memory and justice.

    We will also examine public remembrance projects such as monuments and museums, film and television series, visual art and other initiatives which operate in conjunction or in tension with legal and political procedures (tribunals, truth commissions, reparations, etc.) and are often initiated by human rights NGOs, victim organizations, intellectuals and artists.

    Course Format: This course will be conducted as a combined lecture and discussion course. This basic format will be supplemented by occasional in-class exercises.

    Course Requirements: In addition to regular attendance and active participation in discussions, students are required to complete short in-class writing based on the readings, write two 4-5 page, double spaced, critical essays, complete one mid-term exam and a end of semester essay.

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  • Registration open for Holocaust and Genocide related courses

    Registration for University of Minnesota's fall 2014 semester is now open with a number of courses that fall within the Center's interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Holocaust and genocide.

    The following courses are designed to provide direct and comprehensive instruction on the topic of the Holocaust, as well as the social, memorial and political impact of genocides:

    History 3729, Nazi Germany and Hitler's Europe
    Professor Gary Cohen
    Comprehensive exploration of Third Reich. Students will examine How the Nazis came to power, transformations of 1930s, imposition of racial politics against Jews/others, nature of total war. Students read historical accounts, memoirs, state documents, view films.

    Global Studies 4910, "Never Again!" Memory and Politics After Genocide
    Professor Alejandro Baer
    This course focuses on the aftermath of large-scale political violence. How do individuals, communities and societies come to terms with these atrocities? How do successor regimes balance the demands for justice with the need for peace and reconciliation? How is public memory of the atrocities constructed?

    For an extended list of multi-disciplinary courses that present contextual studies of conflicts, human rights violations, power dynamics, social memory and transformation that are mirrored in the Holocaust and other genocides, please see the Fall 2014 Courses List.pdf

    To register please visit the University of Minnesota's One Stop Home.

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  • Paula Sofia Cuellar announced as the 2014-2015 Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellow

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    The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History are pleased to announce the Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies has been awarded to Paula Sofia Cuellar.

    Cuellar's research project will focus on genocide of indigenous people in El Salvador and Paraguay in the twentieth century. She suggests that during the military dictatorships of General Maximiliano Hernández in El Salvador (1931 to 1944) and of General Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay (1954 to 1989), the genocide of indigenous people characterized national security policies in both countries.

    Cuellar's academic education includes a LL.B. Degree from the Central American University "José Simeón Cañas" and includes a Master´s Degree in Human Rights and Education for Peace from the University of El Salvador and a LL.M. Degree in International Human Rights Law from Notre Dame. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma on Human Rights and Democratization´s Processes from the University of Chile and several diplomas on constitutional law and transitional justice courses. She is currently working towards a minor in Human Rights and an advanced degree in History at the University of Minnesota.

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    Wahutu Siguru the recipient of the Badzin Graduate Fellowship in 2013-2014 will receive a $9,000 fellowship extension for Spring semester of 2015 to continue his research. Siguru seeks to answer the questions about what frames and memories journalists (especially African journalists) rely upon when reporting about mass violence, specifically on Darfur. Siguru hopes to show how the way conflict situations are represented have consequences on how suffering and victimization are understood and what types of responses they will inspire in terms of possible interventions (humanitarian, legal or military).

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  • Daniel Schroeter awarded Ina Levine Invitational Scholar Fellowship

    One of the less known dimensions of the history of World War II was how Jews living under French colonial rule in North Africa were devastated by the fall of France and the establishment of the French collaborationist government of Vichy in 1940. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC has in recent years amassed a considerable archive related to the Jews of North Africa during the war and has encouraged scholars to research this subject.

    In June 2010, Daniel Schroeter, the Amos S. Deinard Memorial Chair in Jewish History at the University of Minnesota, co-taught a research workshop at the USHMM, and began studying their voluminous collection of documents. He will be returning to Washington, DC, having been awarded the Ina Levine Invitational Scholar Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the USHMM for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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    During Schroeter's residency at the USHMM, he will be conducting research for a book on the subject of Vichy and the Jews in the protectorate of Morocco. Jews under French colonial rule were legally classified as indigenous Moroccan subjects of the sultan, a ruler whose power was limited and controlled by the French administration. The anti-Jewish laws, instigated by the central Vichy government in France, and promulgated in Morocco by the French protectorate authorities as royal decrees signed by the sultan Mohammed Ben Youssef, revealed the racism and discrimination inherent in the colonial system and the ambivalent position of the Moroccan monarchy and the Muslim population towards the Jews.

    Research conducted at the Center will focus on the legal, social, and economic impact of the Vichy regime on the Moroccan Jewish communities, the response of the Muslim leaders and population to the anti-Jewish measures implemented in different parts of the country, and the contested politics of remembrance of World War II in Morocco.

    For more information on Daniel Schroeter, please click here.

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  • Exhumations, Memory and the Return of Civil War Ghosts in Spain

    On May 8th, the Reframing Mass Violence Collaborative hosted Associate Researcher of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Francisco Ferrándiz, to present a lecture entitled Exhumations, Memory and the Return of Civil War Ghosts in Spain.

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    In his talk, Ferrándiz examined the social process of the exhumation of mass graves from the Spanish Civil War and the Post-War years, including from political and legal initiatives of great social and media impact to local actions on the ground, at times failed, ephemeral or almost imperceptible, but no less crucial.

    To view the lecture please click here.

    This event was co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

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  • Genocide and its Aftermath: Lessons from Rwanda

    On April 16, 17 & 19, the Institute for Global Studies, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program held a series of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide that took the lives of an estimated 500,000-1,000,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The events included a public conference, a student conference, and a K-16 teacher workshop. The objectives of the commemorative events were: promoting public understanding of what happened in Rwanda, discussing the immediate responses of the international community to the violence, and analyzing the long-term consequences that the cataclysmic failure to prevent the genocide had on international policy and action.

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    The public conference, Genocide and its Aftermath: Lessons from Rwanda, was designed to bring together research and praxis. Academics, activists and diplomats led a public exploration of what we have learned from the genocide in Rwanda and how we have been affected by, and should use, that knowledge to create more effective methods of intervention. Themes of the panels included: representations of atrocity, immediate aftermaths, transitional justice and its impacts, and preventing genocide and mass atrocity.

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    Watch the conference's opening address by Taylor Krauss, founder of Voices of Rwanda, and the keynote address by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, as well as the three panel discussions, by clicking here or visiting CHGS' youtube channel.

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  • Hollie Nyseth Brehm will represent CHGS at summer Genocide Scholars Conference

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    Dr. Hollie Nyseth Brehm will represent the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies this summer at the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) Conference, "Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and Indigenous Peoples." Held at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada from July 16-19, 2014, this eleventh annual conference presents an opportunity for genocide scholars to engage in discussion about colonial control over, expansion into, appropriation and settlement of Indigenous territories.

    At the Saturday session of the conference, Dr. Nyseth Brehm will join Christoper Uggen and Jean-Damascene Gasanabo to present a panel on "Genocide, Justice and Rwanda's Gacaca Courts" under the conference's heading of "Genocide's Spaces of Law and Justice."

    On June 9, 2014 Dr. Nyseth Brehm successfully defended her dissertation, "Conditions and Courses of Genocides." Her advisors are professors Elizabeth Boyle and Joachim Savelsberg. In fall 2014, Dr. Nyseth Brehm will begin her career as an Assistant Professor of Sociology with the Department of Sociology at Ohio State University-Columbus.

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  • CHGS & HRP grant three students human rights awards

    Each spring, the Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies celebrate the tremendous work of students in human rights with the Inna Meiman Award and the Sullivan Ballou Award. This year three University of Minnesota undergraduate students have been recognized for their accomplishments in promoting and protecting human rights. Melanie Paurus has been awarded the 4th Annual Inna Meiman Human Rights Award, while Joe Fifield and Anna Meteyer have been honored with the Sullivan Ballou Award.

    The Inna Meiman Award is given in recognition of the friendship between Inna Meiman, a Soviet era Jewish refusenik who was repeatedly denied a visa to seek medical treatment, and Lisa Paul, a graduate of the University of Minnesota who fought tirelessly on her behalf, including a 25-day hunger strike that galvanized a movement for Inna's freedom. The award is intended to recognize a University of Minnesota student who embodies a commitment to human rights. As this year's recipient, Melanie Paurus will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

    The Sullivan Ballou Award is supported by the Sullivan Ballou Fund and is named after Major Sullivan Ballou, an Army soldier killed at the First Battle of Bull Run in the U.S. Civil War. The award honors Major Ballou's memory by recognizing a student who devotes heartfelt energy to promote human rights. The Sullivan Ballou Fund gives $1000 awards to celebrate and affirm people acting from the heart. They provide compassion, services, or advocacy to their local communities, the poor, homeless, children, victims of violence and mistreatment or the disabled.

    Melanie, Joe and Anna embody the spirit with which these awards were created - recognizing a significant personal contribution to protecting human rights and the heartfelt energy that compels an advocate to take meaningful action.

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  • Exhumations, Memory, and the Return of Civil War Ghosts in Spain

    Francisco Ferrandiz, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

    Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe.

    Thursday, May 8
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    1-109 Herbert M Hanson, Jr Hall

    Since 2000, the exhumation of mass graves from the Spanish Civil War and the Post-War years, mostly involving the largely abandoned graves of civilians killed in the Francoist rearguard by paramilitary groups, has become a central element in contemporary social and political debates in the country about the nature of the armed conflict and the dictatorial regime following it. Although exhumations have become a crucial tool for symbolic reparation and have triggered claims for justice for the crimes committed and now unearthed, the social process unleashed by their opening is way larger, and relates to the emergence of a fragmented and heterogeneous political culture focused on the memory of the defeated in the war.

    In this talk, the complexity and dynamism of this process is analyzed, including from political and legal initiatives of great social and media impact to local actions on the ground, at times failed, ephemeral or almost imperceptible, but no less crucial. Regional differences, associated to uneven public memory policies, will also be considered.

    Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence Research Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

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  • CHGS partners with international Holocaust institutions for a major conference in Madrid

    On November 24-26, 2014, a conference entitled, Bystanders, Rescuers or Perpetrators? The Neutrals and the Shoah - Facts, Myths and Countermyths, will be held at Centro Sefarad-Israel in Madrid, Spain.

    This conference is supported by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and sponsored by Centro Sefarad Israel - Madrid; Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies- University of Minnesota; Mémorial de la Shoah - Paris; History Unit of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland - Berne; Topography of Terror Foundation - Berlin; Living History Forum - Stockholm; Memoshoá/Association for the Education and Remembrance of the Holocaust - Lisbon and Tarih Vakfı/History Foundation - Istanbul.

    The conveners are calling for scholarly papers on the policies of the neutral countries during the Holocaust and the public debate on them in these countries.

    The conference will thus aim at addressing the following issues:

    •The neutral countries' reactions to Nazi anti-Jewish policies and their own policies on Jewish refugees;
    •Their response to the German ultimatum of 1943 to either repatriate Jews with citizenship from their respective countries who lived in Nazi-occupied Europe or to allow their deportation;
    •The genesis and long-lasting effects of "rescue myths", the current state of the discussion regarding the neutral countries' positions during the Holocaust;
    •The dealing with the history of the Jewish persecution in state fact-finding commissions and committees of historians;
    •Approaches to Holocaust education in neutral countries.
    •Holocaust public memory (ceremonies, memorials, museums) and memory politics in neutral countries.

    Please send your proposals (up to 350 words) and brief CVs no later than May 25, 2014 to: conference2014@sefarad-israel.es

    For more information, please view Call for Papers Bystanders.doc

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  • The Role of Visual Testimony in Survivors of the Mayan Genocide in Guatemala and Mexico

    Marisol Soto, PhD student at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

    Holocaust Genocide & Mass Violence Studies Workshop (HGMV)

    Thursday, May 1
    Room 609 Social Sciences
    3:00PM

    Marisol Soto's project examines the intersection among photography, social integration beyond trauma and the action of human rights organizations, and explores the important role that photography plays in documenting and reporting human trafficking that targets indigenous populations. I contend that genocides do not only result in direct violence against their victims, but also leave vulnerable communities of survivors that are targets of further violence. In addition, this proposal examines paradoxes resulting from the use of testimonies and archives outside the human rights community, such as in the consumption of atrocity in the media, an act which leads to the re-victimization of young women and children who are victims of trafficking. Finally, I will use photography and literary and testimonial narratives in new ways that complement more traditional forms of expression and provide new insights into the trauma of the victims, with the ultimate goal of contributing to their recovery and protection, and to raise awareness in the society.

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  • Under Construction: Battles of Memory, Human Rights and Cultural Practices

    Ana Forcinito, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, U of M.
    Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe.
    Thursday, April 24
    3:00 p.m.
    1-109 Hanson Hall

    Cultural practices have played a crucial role in the construction of collective memory in Argentina, by addressing the invisibility and the silence about human rights violations, by exploring different layers of memory, and by reframing the interpretations that surround human rights struggles. This talk will offer an overview of the battles of memory after the last military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983), focusing on artistic and cultural practices in dialogue with crucial moments of the post dictatorship period.

    Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence Research Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

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  • The Evolving Memory of Argentina's "Disappeared"

    Thursday, April 10
    4:00p.m.
    Northrop, Best Buy Theater

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    Speaker: Emilio Crenzel, Sociology, University of Buenos Aires
    Response: Leigh Payne, Global Studies, University of Oxford and University of Minnesota

    The panel sheds light on the most substantial transformations and the continuities in Argentina's social memory of its recent past and discusses the processes that led Argentina's Truth Commission Report Nunca Más (1984) to become the canonical way the disappearances and the country's political violence is publicly remembered, and how its meaning has been modified by new interpretations in the last two decades.

    Other University of Minnesota faculty participants on the panel are Ana Forcinito (Spanish and Portuguese Studies) and Alejandro Baer (Director, CHGS).

    Both panels are cosponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    The Reframing Mass Violence Collaborative explores the particular developments and transnational entanglements of social memories in societies, revisiting their legacies of dictatorship, state terror, and grave human rights violations in Latin America and Southern Europe.

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  • Twin Cities Film Premier Aftermath & The Last of the Unjust

    Aftermath
    Thursday, April 10
    7:00p.m.
    St, Anthony Main Theatre
    Part of The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul International Film Festival
    Introduction by Alejandro Baer, Director CHGS

    For tickets and information please click here.

    Inspired by real events that haunt Poland's past, Wladyslaw Pasikowski (who wrote the screenplay for Andrzej Wajda's Katyn) turns in a hard-hitting allegory on the anti-Semitism that still raises its ugly head in his home country. Franek and Jozek are brothers who are reunited after 20 years in order to take care of the family farm. Franek, recently returned from the US, discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community for threatening to uncover a dark secret. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a horrifying gothic tale. Upon its release in Poland, Aftermath received acclaim, but also generated intense controversy.

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    The Last of the Unjust
    Sunday, April 13
    1 p.m.
    St Anthony Main Theatre
    Part of The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul International Film Festival
    Introduction by Bruno Chaoaut, Chair, Department of French & Italian, former director CHGS.

    For tickets and information please click here.

    Claude Lanzmann returns to a series of interviews he made in 1975 with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto. Murmelstein was largely demonized after the war, accused of collaborating with the Nazis, with his survival being the proof. These interviews, however, tell a different story--one of a pragmatic man who fought not only for his own survival but also the survival of every Jew he could possibly help. A powerful addendum to Lanzmann's masterpiece Shoah, The Last of the Unjust employs an unadorned style for an incredibly complicated historical narrative that continues to be defined today.

    Sponsored by the European Studies Consortium, Institute for Global Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, The Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of French & Italian, and The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul.

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  • Rescheduled: War, Genocide & Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work

    A lecture by Cathy Schlund-Vials
    Thursday, April 3
    3:00p.m.
    Walter Library Conference Room 101

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    Dr. Schlund-Vials is an Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. She is the Director of the UConn Asian American Studies Institute and the Faculty Director for Humanities House. She was awarded the 2011 AAUP "Teaching Promise" award (at the University of Connecticut). In 2013, she was the recipient of the Association for Asian American Studies's "Early Career Award."

    Her research interests include refugee cultural production, critical race theory, immigration law, human rights, and contemporary ethnic American literary studies.

    She has recently completed her second book, War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work (University of Minnesota Press, Fall 2012), which is focused on genocide remembrance and juridical activism in Cambodian American literature, film, and hip hop.

    Dr. Schlund-Vials is currently working on a third project, tentatively titled "Imperial Coordinates: War, Containment, and Asian American Critique," which engages a spatial reading of U.S. imperialism through Asian American writing about militarized zones, internment camps, and relocation centers.

    Sponsored by: Asian American Studies, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota Press.

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  • Badzin Fellowship Call for Applications Extended

    Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 2014-15

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    The University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History invite applications from current doctoral students in the UMN College of Liberal Arts for the Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies for the academic year 2014-15. The Badzin Fellowship will pay a stipend of $18,000, the cost of tuition and health insurance, and $1,000 toward the mandatory graduate student fees.

    Eligibility: An applicant must be a current student in a Ph.D. program in the College of Liberal Arts, currently enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of study, and have a doctoral dissertation project in Holocaust and/or genocide studies. The fellowship will be awarded on the basis of the quality and scholarly potential of the dissertation project, the applicant's quality of performance in the graduate program, and the applicant's general scholarly promise.

    Required application materials:

    1) A letter of application (maximum 4 pages single-spaced) describing the applicant's intellectual interests and dissertation research and the research and/or writing which the applicant expects to do during the fellowship year
    2) A current curriculum vitae for the applicant
    3) An unofficial transcript of all graduate work done at the University of Minnesota
    4) TWO confidential letters of recommendation from U of MN faculty, discussing the quality of the applicant's graduate work and dissertation project and the applicant's progress toward completing the degree, sent directly to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    Deadline: All application materials must be received by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies electronically at chgs@umn.edu, no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, April 11, 2014. The awardee will be announced Friday, April 25, 2014.

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  • CHGS and University Departments and Centers comment on the Gasthof dinner

    Minneapolis group 'plays' Nazi: Sorry, it's no trifle
    by ALEJANDRO BAER, SABINE ENGEL, RICK MC CORMICK, RIV-ELLEN PRELL, RUTH MAZO KARRAS, and KLAAS VAN DER SANDEN
    Star Tribune
    March 19, 2014

    It's an insult to those who suffered in the Holocaust and to those who campaigned then (and since) against such evil.

    Late last week, City Pages published photographs that showed men dressed in German SS uniforms seated in the main dining room of the northeast Minneapolis restaurant Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit, surrounded by Nazi flags. According to a participant, this was a World War II historical re-enactment meeting, "just like any club that has a party."

    In Germany and several other European states, laws prohibit the public use of symbols of Nazism -- in particular, flags, insignia and uniforms. The reason: It assaults the human dignity of others by insulting, maliciously smearing or defaming segments of the population.

    While in the United States the First Amendment gives constitutional protection to this type of conduct -- no matter how offensive its content -- the public display of racist or extremist symbolism usually has been followed by indignation, outrage and demands for action.

    To read the entire article please click here.

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  • IAS Collaborative Reframing Mass Violence presents Glenda Mezarobba

    Brazilian Truth Commission: Is It Time to 'Reframe' the Gross Human Rights Violations?
    Glenda Mezarobba
    Thursday, March 27
    3:00-4:30pm
    1-109 Hanson Hall

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    Glenda Mezarobba, United Nations Development Project Representative for the Brazilian Truth Commission

    Glenda Mezarobba provides an overview of the Brazilian Truth Commission and reflects on the meaning and the implications of the work of countries, like Brazil, to revisit their legacies of dictatorship (1964-1988). She presents possibilities of these contemporary processes to re-interpret and re-frame the atrocities themselves and to improve the quality of Brazil's democratic institutions.

    Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence Research Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

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  • Carla Manzoni, PhD Candidate, Spanish and Portuguese to present at the next HGMV workshop

    Argentina's Collages of Memory: Aesthetic heritage in post-dictatorial film Los Rubios (2003)
    Holocaust, Genocide, Mass Violence Workshop
    Thursday, March 13
    3:00 p.m.
    Room 609 Social Sciences

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    Los Rubios (The Blonds)
    In 1977, when she was four years old, Albertina Carri's parents vanished without a trace, victims of Argentina's brutal military junta. In The Blonds, (or Los Rubios, her parents' nickname) the young Argentinian filmmaker travels with her crew across Buenos Aires to unravel the mystery of her parents' life, disappearance and death. Attacking the shifting projections of memory from many fronts, Carri enlists an actor, her parents' comrades, fading photographs and happy Playmobil* dolls to investigate complicated questions of identity and responsibility.

    Carla Manzoni was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently a PhD candidate (A.B.D since April, 27. 2012) at the Spanish and Portuguese Department, University of Minnesota. She holds a MA in Hispanic and Lusophonic Literatures and Cultures at the same university and previous studies in her native Argentina in Public Relations (undergraduate) and Communication Management (post-graduate).

    Carla has worked in political communication, diverse media -such as TV, radio and film- and cultural non-for-profits. She is currently working on her dissertation as wells as on her conservation project which attempts to create an archive of unedited Latin American independent videoart and experimental audiovisual.

    For information on the workshop and future presentations please click here.

    To particpate please contact Wahutu Siguru at siguru@umn.edu.

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  • IAS Collaborative: Upcoming Public Lecture

    Uruguayan Memories of Dictatorship: A lector by Mariana Achugar
    (Carnegie Mellon University)
    Thursday, March 6
    Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe
    Thursdays 3:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.
    1-109 Herbert M Hanson, Jr Hall

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    Why do family conversations matter in processes of intergenerational transmission of traumatic pasts? Mariana Achugar will share some examples from a two-year ethnographic project in Uruguay where 20 youth and their families were interviewed. The analysis of the styles of interactions that occur in these families with different backgrounds will show how they make sense of the past and what narratives characterize their recollections. She will then attempt to explain why some conversations produce "more sharable" memories of the dictatorship.

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  • Genocide and its Aftermaths: Lessons from Rwanda

    A Series of Events to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda
    April 16, 17, 19, 2014

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    The Institute for Global Studies in partnership with The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program are hosting a series of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994. The events will include a public conference, a student conference, and a K-16 teacher workshop. The objectives of the commemorative events are: promoting public understanding of what happened in Rwanda, discussing the immediate responses of the international community to the violence, and analyzing the long-term consequences that the cataclysmic failure to prevent the genocide had on international policy and action.

    Sponsorship made possible in part by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Fund at the Minneapolis Foundation.

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  • Call for Papers:Genocide and its Aftermaths: Lessons from Rwanda

    Undergraduate Students Conference
    April 17, 2014

    The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Program and the Institute for Global Studies are hosting three days of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994. The events will include a public conference (April 16th), a student conference (April 17th) and a K-12 teacher workshop (April 19th). The objectives of the commemorative events are to promote public understanding of what happened in Rwanda, analyze the immediate responses by the international community, and discuss the long-term implications for international policy and actions to prevent and respond to genocide.

    The students' conference seeks to bring together undergraduate students (preferably advanced undergraduates) from different disciplines that are working on the Rwandan Genocide or other episodes of genocide and mass violence. To this end, we are seeking a broad range of papers that examine but are not limited to the following topics:

    The Rwandan Genocide: Historical and socio-political paths leading to the genocide; the role of the international community, including the ICTR; the gacaca courts; testimonials of survivors; public memory; etc.

    Genocide and the international community: Intervention or lack thereof in genocides and large-scale political violence; potential responses to genocide and mass violence; the role of neighboring countries, the UN and other countries.

    Genocide and the media: International and local media coverage of genocide; hate media and genocide incitement; representations of mass violence and its (cognitive and ethical) limits.

    Rape as genocide: Rape and other forms of gendered victimization during or in the aftermath of mass violence; women-headed households; medical care; children of rape.

    Justice and politics of reconciliation after genocide: The role and effectiveness of judicial processes and transitional justice mechanisms such as the ICTR, truth commissions and reparations.

    Genocide and public memory: Memorials, museums and commemoration days/weeks; the politics of commemoration; the use of human remains in memorials and related issues.

    Genocide and education. Teaching about genocide and mass atrocities; the representation of genocide in history and other textbooks.

    Abstracts not exceeding 250 words and a 2 page CV should be sent to Wahutu j. Siguru Siguru@umn.edu by the 28th of February 2014. For more information, please visit the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Symposia & Conference page.

    The organizers will provide supporting funds to defray the costs of the participants whose paper are accepted for presentation. Out of state student presenters will be awarded up to $500 and in state student presenters will be awarded up to $200.

    The conference was made possible by funding from the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies at The Minneapolis Foundation and is sponsored by The Institute for Global Studies, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota.

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  • IAS Collaborative Reframing Mass Violence presents Alejandro Baer

    The Collective Memory of Mass Atrocities
    A talk by Alejandro Baer, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, U of M
    Thursday, February 20
    3:00p.m.
    Room 1-109 Hanson Hall

    "Postmemory", "multi-directional memory" and "cosmopolitan memory" are terms used by contemporary scholars to describe the changing nature of the practices of remembrance in post-conflict societies. We will look at the emerging modes of traumatic memory production, circulation and consumption in a globalized context, which are highly conditioned by the language of the Holocaust. The Jewish genocide serves as powerful symbol and also as a cognitive model--a script--for structuring and framing the events of a troubling past. What are its effects on social relations and individual subjects?

    Session 3 in the public, one-credit course Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe.

    Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

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  • Verena Stern, Research Fellow, Center for Austrian Studies to present at HGMV workshop

    Holocaust Genocide & Mass Violence Studies Workshop (HGMV)
    "Grievable Lives": Dealing with Dimensions of (Mass) Violence in Somali Transnational Migration"
    Thursday, February 13
    3:00 p.m.
    Room 710 Social Sciences

    Verena Stern is the 2013/2014 BMWF Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota and a doctoral candidate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna. She is writing her dissertation on the migration of undocumented refugees from Somalia to the European Union. Stern's research interests include Human Rights and transnational migration.

    Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), the Human Rights Program and the Department of Sociology organizes this research workshop for graduate students and faculty members of all departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Minnesota. For a list of past and future presenters please visit the CHGS workshop page by clicking here.

    For more information or to particpate please contact Wahutu Siguru at siguru@umn.edu.

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  • Special Screening of Granito: How to Nail a Dictator with filmmakers Pamela Yates and Paco Onís

    3:00 p.m.
    St Anthony Main Theatre
    Free open to the public

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    Granito tells the stories of five main characters whose destinies are joined together by Guatemala's turbulent past. Even though the Guatemalan civil war spanned from 1960-1996, Granito focuses in on the early 1980s and its ramifications for the country.

    Pamela Yates is an American documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Skylight Pictures. Four of her films have been nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

    Paco Onis is a partner at Skylight Pictures, and previously produced documentaries for PBS, National Geographic and a range of other programs.

    Granito: Trailer

    Screening with filmmakers is part of the Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe course which take place on
    Thursday's from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 235 Notle Center. All lectures are open to the public.

    Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    Co-sponsored by the Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul.

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  • Reframing Mass Violence: Transitional Justice and Human Rights

    Barbara Frey, Director, Human Rights Program, University of Minnesota
    Thursday, January 23
    3:00 p.m.
    235 Nolte

    Countries emerging from repression, armed conflict, or mass atrocities have sought ways to address the past as a part of their transition into new forms of governance and citizenship. In this introduction to the topic, Barbara Frey will review some of the methods and mechanisms that have been developed by national and international actors, including public memorials, truth commissions, and national or international criminal prosecutions to assist societies to transition away from their repressive pasts.

    Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    Lecture Flier: 20140114170524742.pdf

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  • Violence in Central Africa: Is the Central African Republic on the Road to Genocide?

    By Wahutu Siguru

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    Something insidious, but sadly not unexpected, is happening in the Central African Republic (CAR)-over the past twelve months mass killings have been taking place in the CAR, a former French colony in a very rough neighborhood (it borders the Sudan's to the East, Chad to the North, and DRC to the South). Things came to a head in March when the former president Francois Bozizé was deposed by a group of Muslim militants (Séléka) whom instigated sectarian killings and human rights abuses against the largely Christian populace. This has resulted in the formation of self-defense groups (Anti-balaka meaning 'sword/machete' in the Sango language) formed to protect the victims. This conflict is complicated by the fact that there are claims of the Séléka getting support from mercenaries in Sudan and Chad.

    On the 5th of December, the UN voted to allow the French to send 400 troops into the CAR who would augment the already present AU battalion of 3600. The French intend on increasing this number to 1200 troops in the coming days following a sudden outbreak of killings within the last fortnight of women and children by Séléka forces (meaning 'union' in the Sango language) that has resulted in 500 deaths and 189,000 fleeing their homes in Bangui. Fears of retaliatory attacks have become more pronounced leading both Burundi and Rwanda to pledge to send troops to the country. While the number of deaths might seem deceptively low for a nation of about 4.6 million, it only accounts for Bangui since correspondents have not been able to venture outside that area.

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  • The Last of the Unjust, the final words of Benjamin Murmelstein

    By Jodi Elowitz

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    Who was Benjamin Murmelstein? Why would Claude Lanzmann dedicate over 3 hours to him in his latest film The Last of the Unjust? Murmelstein was a rabbi and teacher from Vienna, third Jewish elder of the Thereseinstadt ghetto, and the only surviving Jewish elder of any of the Jewish Councils set up by the Nazis. Condemned by many in the Jewish Community as a traitor and a Nazi collaborator he was tried and acquitted by the Czech authorities after the war settling in exile in Rome where he lived until his death in 1989.

    He testified at the trial of Thereseinstadt Commandant Karl Rahm and wrote and published a book of his experiences in Terezin: Il ghetto-modello di Eichmann (Theresienstadt: Eichmann's Model Ghetto), in 1961. He submitted the book to Israeli prosecutors to use at the Eichmann trial (Adolf Eichmann, SS officer in charge of the deportation of the Jews of Europe) a submission that went unused.

    Murmelstein had much valuable information to offer, especially on Eichmann So much so that if Murmelstein's testimony had been used it would have dispelled any notion of the dispassionate Nazi bureaucrat who only followed orders as defined by Hannah Arendt's term the "banality of evil." Instead we would have seen Eichmann as a man who loved his job and pursued it with zeal and passion above and beyond what was required by his superiors. We would also have seen a corrupt man who lined his own pockets with Jewish funds for both personal and professional gain, as the extra money afforded him the financial independence to run his department apart of the bureaucratic machine and away from the eyes of his superiors.

    So why is Murmelstein's story coming to light now and why did Lanzmann wait nearly 40 years to make this film? Possibly the world was not ready for such a controversial and ambivalent figure. In 1975 Lanzmann interviewed Murmelstein for a project he was working on which later became the critically acclaimed 9-hour documentary Shoah. The interviews show that Murmelstein lived in the center of what Primo Levi referred to as the "grey zone" in his book The Drowned and the Saved. Levi's theory is that those of us who did not experience the lager (camps) and ghettos cannot place ourselves in a position to judge those that were there, nor can we view the Holocaust as something that is black or white, good or evil. We simply cannot know what we would do to survive under the circumstances.

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  • Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe

    1 Credit Topics Course Spring 2014
    ALL sessions and guest-speaker presentations are public
    Nolte 235
    Thursdays 3:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.

    This course will explore the particular developments and transnational entanglements of social memories in societies revisiting their legacies of dictatorship, state terror, and grave human rights violations in Latin America and Southern Europe.

    It will be organized in a series of lectures in which distinguished experts from the countries of study will discuss their work and engage in dialogue with local scholars and students on the contemporary processes of re-interpretation and re-framing of the atrocities as well as the transitional justice models adopted in their aftermaths.

    Coordinators:
    • Barbara Frey (Human Rights Program)
    • Alejandro Baer (Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Dept. of Sociology)
    • Ana Forcinito (Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese)

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  • The Recurrence of Genocide since the Holocaust

    A Lecture by Phillip Spencer
    Friday, December 6, 2013
    12:00 p.m.
    Room 710 Social Science Building

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    After the Holocaust, the Genocide Convention was aimed explicitly of ridding mankind of this 'odious scourge.' The Convention was, with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one of the founding documents of the post-Holocaust era; but genocide recurs, and with alarming frequency, across almost every continent. Little has been done to prevent or halt the recurrence of this 'crime of crimes' and very few perpetrators have been brought to justice.

    In this lecture, Professor Spencer explores some of the reasons that have been put forward to account for these troubling failures, and reflects on what light our current understandings of the Holocaust can throw on the acute problem of genocide today.

    Professor Philip Spencer is Director of the Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights, Conflict and Mass Violence, at Kingston University. The Centre, which he founded in 2004, provides a focus for research and teaching in these areas. It is named in honor of the veteran rights campaigner Helen Bamber, who has devoted her life to the victims of conflicts across the world.

    Professor Spencer's own research interests include the Holocaust; comparative genocide; nationalism; and anti-Semitism. He is also director of the university's European Research Department, where the central focus is on European political and cultural identity, with an overall concern for the changing forms, boundaries and future of Europe in the modern world.

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  • Antisemitism Then and Now

    Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht
    Panel Discussion
    December 5, 2013
    4:00 p.m.
    President's Room Coffman Memorial Union
    University of Minnesota

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    Is there a new antisemitism? A growing body of reports and research centers claim that a new strain of antisemitism is sweeping the globe. Five renowned scholars in the field of antisemitism studies will discuss historic antisemitism, its long term after effects and contemporary manifestations in Europe and the US.

    Convened by Alejandro Baer, Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) and Klaas van der Sanden, Interim Director, Center of Austrian Studies (CAS)

    Panel:
    Philip Spencer (Kingston University, UK, Historian).
    Chad Allan Goldberg (University of Wisconsin Madison, Sociologist)
    Zsolt Nagy (University of St. Thomas, Political Scientist,)
    Gary Cohen (University of Minnesota, Historian)
    Bruno Chaouat (University of Minnesota, French Literature & Thought, former Director, CHGS)

    Sponsored by: The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, The institute for Global Studies, The European Studies Consortium, Center for Jewish Studies, Center for German and European Studies, and the Jewish Community Relations Council

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  • An Argentine Genocide? Individual Accountability and Collective Guilt during 1976-83 Dictatorship

    A talk by Antonius Robben, Anthropology,
    Utrecht University
    Monday, November 25
    4:00p.m.
    125 Nolte Center

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    The sentencing of Argentine officers for carrying out genocide by disappearing tens of thousands of citizens has opened a public debate about agency and accountability during the 1976-83 military dictatorship. This presentation analyzes how this shift from gross human rights violations to genocide is having extensive implications for national memory, political responsibility, international law, and the concept of genocide.

    Antonius Robben (PhD, Berkeley, 1986) is Professor of Anthropology at Utrecht University and past President of the Netherlands Society of Anthropology. He has been a research fellow at the Michigan Society of Fellows, Ann Arbor, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, New York, and the David Rockefeller Center, Harvard University. His most recent books include Political Violence and Trauma in Argentina (2005) that won the Textor Prize from the American Anthropological Association in 2006, and the edited volume Iraq at a Distance: What Anthropologists Can Teach Us About the War (2010).

    Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

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  • Local Holocaust Survivor to Speak on Campus

    Dora Zaidenweber will speak on Thursday, November 21 at 2:15p.m.
    Room 155 Blegen Hall.

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    Zaidenweber will be sharing her story with students in History of the Holocaust course taught by visiting scholar Falko Schmieder. The talk will be open to the public to allow students, scholars, staff and interested individuals the opportunity to hear her speak about her experiences.

    Zaidenweber was born Dora Eiger on January 24, 1924 in Radom, Poland. Dora and her family were sent to the Radom ghetto in 1941. She was transported to Auschwitz in July 1944 where she remained until January of 1945 when she was evacuated on a forced march to Betgen Belsen where she was liberated in April of 1945. She and her husband Jules settled in Minnesota in 1950.

    Recently Dora and her family published her father's memoir Sky Tinged Red which is Isaia Eiger's chronicle of his two-and-a-half years as a prisoner in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during World War II.

    More information about Dora and her family can be found by clicking here.

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  • "The Concept of Survival" a lecture by Visiting Scholar Falko Schmieder

    Wednesday, November 20
    TIME CHANGE
    1:00 p.m.
    Room 710 Social Sciences Building

    One aspect of the emergence of bio politics around 1800 is the formation of a temporalized meaning of, Survival', indicating a profound change in the understanding of being and its relation to time and politics. A well known linguistic expression of this change is the metaphor "survival of the fittest" which was a key element of Social Darwinist worldview.

    The Anthropologist and Ethnographer E.B.Tylor introduced another important concept: that of, "Survivals." As an important methodological tool of the new science of cultural anthropology this concept identifies and explores such elements of culture, which have their origins in pre-modern times and have a second life as inharmonious misfits in modernity, creating conditions of the synchronicity of the nonsynchronous.

    In his presentation Schmieder examine the significance of the temporalization of survival for different fields of knowledge, and, in a further step, will discuss some turning points of the subsequent history of this concept, which is still relevant for contemporary discourses.

    Falko Schmieder is a DAAD visiting professor at the University of Minnesota and is currently teaching the course "History of the Holocaust." He has studied Communications, Political Science and Sociology at various German Universities. Since 2005 he has worked as a researcher at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin.

    Co sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies.

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  • The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is grieved by the loss of Myron Kunin

    It was Myron's passion for art that brought him together with Stephen Feinstein. Together they curated Witness and Legacy, a major commemorative art exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz that debuted in St. Paul in 1995 and traveled until 2002. That collaboration began the friendship and vision that lead to the founding of our Center in 1997.

    We will honor Myron's his legacy as we strive to fulfill our mission of educating all sectors of society about the Holocaust and other genocides.

    May his memory be a blessing on us all.

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  • History, Memory and Pedagogy

    An Educator Workshop on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht
    November 9, 2013
    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    115 Blegen Hall
    Free and open to educators K-16
    Registration required by clicking here.

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    This one-day professional development workshop is a follow-up to the Holocaust in European Memory Summer Institute that took place on July 8-11, 2013 at the University of Minnesota. That workshop examined questions such as how the Nazi murder of European Jews became "The Holocaust." How the story is conveyed through public memorials, school curricula, art, literature and film. How the Holocaust has been contextualized and rendered meaningful within the diversity of European nations and in the distant US.

    We will continue the discussions we started this summer by exploring the specific connections between history, memory and education in the contemporary world. We will examine history and memory as it deals with the genocide of the Roma, communal gatherings and ceremonies dedicated to commemorate the Holocaust and reflections on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, which is considered the official catalyst for the Holocaust. ( Attendance at the July institute is not required for the November 9, workshop.)

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  • 2013 Badzin Fellowship winner and PhD Sociology candidate Wahutu Siguru to present at the next HGMV workshop

    "The Politics of Representation: Genocide, Mass Violence and Atrocities in the Media."
    Wahutu Siguru
    Holocaust Genocide & Mass Violence Studies Workshop (HGMV)
    Thursday, October 31
    3:00 p.m.
    Room 710 Social Sciences Building

    Wahutu Siguru's project takes a constructivist perspective on knowledge production in an attempt to explicate how knowledge about instances of mass violence, atrocities and genocide is produced and disseminated by the media. It begins from the understanding that representations are based on particular memory, social and knowledge structures leveraging multiple theories to investigate the effects of these on representations. This particular project is the first step towards a larger project that investigates differences and similarities in narratives about Rwanda and Darfur by the media in multiple countries within and outside of Africa.

    Siguru's research interests are in the Sociology of Media, Genocide, Mass Violence and Atrocities (specifically on issues of representation of conflicts in Africa such as Darfur and Rwanda), Collective Memory, and perhaps somewhat tangentially Democracy and Development in Africa.

    The workshop was founded in 2012 to foster interdisciplinary conversations on the subject areas of Holocaust studies, genocide and memory, peace and conflict studies, human rights, nationalism and ethnic violence, representations of violence and trauma, conflict resolution, transitional justice, historical consciousness and collective memory.

    For more information about participation in the workshop please email Wahutau Siguru at siguru@umn.edu.

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  • CHGS Newsletter Highlight:Interview with Visiting Professor Falko Schmieder

    "Students here seem to have a more emotional connection to the Holocaust"

    Falko Schmieder is a DAAD visiting professor at the University of Minnesota and is currently teaching the course "History of the Holocaust." He has studied Communications, Political Science and Sociology at various German Universities. Since 2005 he has worked as a researcher at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin. Together with Matthias Rothe, the course "Adorno, Foucault, and beyond" is being offered through the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch. Falko Schmieder will give a lecture at the CHGS Library (room 710 Social Sciences) on The Concept of Survival on November 20th at 12 p.m.

    What are the main differences between students in the US and in Germany regarding knowledge of and attitude towards the Holocaust?

    After my first experiences here I would say the German students tend to know more about the historical preconditions of the Holocaust, especially the long tradition of religious anti-Judaism, and, of course they have more detailed information about German History in general. On the other hand, the students here seem to have a more emotional connection and a more political access to the subject. Many of them have come in contact with Holocaust survivors in High school, as part of their educational training, and because of the many Holocaust Survivors who emigrated to the US and started a new life here it's a more deeper innervated history. By the way, I am very fortunate to have the Holocaust Survivor Dora Zaidenweber coming to my class to speak this semester. I attended the presentation of her book The Sky Tinged Red, and was moved to learn about her personal story. I was astonished how many young people attended this program.

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  • Law's Labor's Lost: Constitutional Revolution and the Problem of Radical Social Change

    Professor Mark Goodale, Anthropology and Conflict Studies, George Mason University
    Thursday, October 17
    3:30 p.m.
    Room 710 Social Sciences

    How do the regulating logics of law constrain forms of violence that often accompany revolutionary movements, and how do these logics at the same time constrain the kind of creative social and political practices that are necessary for real transformation? Scholars have shown how human rights can be used to bring authoritarian leaders to justice and shape progressive forms of governance. But when international norms are domesticated through national legal processes, their role in facilitating deep and structural transformation is more fraught with ambiguity and contradiction.

    Mark Goodale is an anthropologist, socio-legal scholar, and social theorist. He is Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Anthropology at George Mason University and Series Editor of Stanford Studies in Human Rights. Goodale is author and editor of numerous books and field projects and has an upcoming critical introduction to anthropology and law and an ethnography of revolution, folk cosmopolitanism, and neo-Burkeanism, in Bolivia.

    Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

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  • Dr. Vahram Shemmassian to Speak at The 2013 Ohanessian Chair Lecture

    Thursday, October 17
    7:00 p.m.
    President's Room
    Coffman Memorial Union

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    Dr. Vahram Shemmassian is an associate professor and the director of the Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Northridge. He is the foremost scholar on Musa Dagh the site of the famed resistance during the Armenian genocide.

    Professor Shemmassian will talk about the resistance and the genocide in his presentation "The Musa Dagh Resistance to the Armenian Genocide and Its Impact through Franz Werfel's Historical Novel The Forty Days of Musa Dagh."

    Franz Werfel (1890-1945), Austrian poet, modernist playwright, and novelist, was born in Prague, the son of a Jewish merchant. During World War I, Werfel served for several years on the Russian front as a soldier in the Austrian army. His novel The Forty Days of Musa Dagh published in 1933 detailed the mass murder and expulsion of Armenians from eastern Anatolia in 1915. The novel received much attention in the United States standing as a warning against future acts of mass murder and won lasting respect from Armenian communities throughout the world.

    Sponsored by: The Institute for Global Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Critical Asian Studies, Study of the Asias.

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  • German-Jewish Writer Esther Dischereit to visit the University

    "Racist Killings and Mourning Songs"
    Reading and Discussion with German-Jewish Writer Esther Dischereit
    Tuesday, October 8
    11:30 a.m.
    125 Nolte Centre

    Recently, the discovery of 10 years of racist killings by the "National Socialist Underground" (NSU), a neo-Nazi underground guerrilla organization, has shocked the German public. Dischereit has since become the most important independent voice for the public, extensively covering the legal and political investigations of this unprecedented crime in post-war Germany involving police, secret service, politicians and state officials. Unlike standard media coverage Dischereit wants to let the voices of the victims and their families be heard. The Mourning Songs tell each story of a murder from the families' unique and painful perspective and memory, and challenge racism and xenophobia wherever it is to be found; out on the streets or inside official state institutions. Dischereit, who conducted countless interviews with the victims' families, voices her perspective of telling and mourning for the victims of various ethnic backgrounds. The Mourning Songs is one part of Dischereits' unique libretto project "Mourning Songs - Flowers for Otello: On the Crime of Jena" which has just been produced for the German radio by Deutschlandradio Kultur.

    Esther Dischereit is one of the most exciting writers and thought-provoking public intellectuals in Germany today. Her poems, novels, essays, films, plays, and radio plays, and her opera libretti and sound installations offer unique insights into Jewish life in contemporary Europe. Dischereit, who was born into a survivor's family, is an artist of the Second Generation, who analyzes power relationships surrounding the body, femininity, expressions of minorities, and the different functions and forms of remembrance, ritual, and memory. Dischereit often initiates cross art projects for which she collaborates with composers, musicians, dancers and graphic art designers.

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  • Courtney Gildersleeve PhD candidate to present at the next CHGS workshop

    "Poetry, Damaged Life, and One Poem by Agha Shahid Ali"
    Courtney Gildersleeve
    Holocaust Genocide & Mass Violence Studies Workshop (HGMV)
    Thursday, October 3
    Room 710 Social Sciences

    Courtney Gildersleeve is a PhD Student and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. Working broadly in the field of Post-Colonial Studies, and with a commitment to the tradition of historical materialism, she examines the ways that literature and especially poetry has played a role in anti-colonial struggle and continually seeks to reckon with the long history of colonialism and violence that has shaped the modern world. Although her work is decidedly comparative, her dissertation research foregrounds the history, literature, and anti-colonial thought of the Caribbean.

    While focusing primarily on writers from Cuba, Martinique, and Haiti, she studies texts that emerged from or in response to the Transatlantic slave trade, those that address the labor of African peoples in the Americas, and those that grapple with the continuing cost of 'intervention' by many other nations in the Caribbean. In addition to the presentation she will give at the HGMV workshop, which parts ways with this historical context, this semester she is also working on a project that offers a critical perspective on recent efforts--particularly in the former slave-trading city of Bordeaux--to memorialize the leader of the Haitian Revolution, Toussaint Louverture, and the struggles of that revolution.

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  • Professor from University of Antioquia (Medellín-Colombia) to present at CHGS Workshop

    Sandra Gómez Santamaría will present at the first meeting of the 2013 Holocaust Genocide & Mass Violence Studies Workshop, taking place on Thursday, September 19, in Room 710 Social Sciences.

    Sandra Gómez Santamaría is a Human Rights professor involved in the University of Minnesota-Antioquia Human Rights partnership. She has a Master of Arts degree in Sociology of Law from the Oñati International Institute from the Sociology of Law (IISL, Basque Country-Spain) and she received a Law degree from University of Antioquia (Medellín-Colombia). She also has experience working as researcher on human rights in the Colombian Commission of Jurist, a human rights NGO in Colombia. Her áreas of interest includes Human Rights, Sociolegal studies, critical legal theories, Anthropology of the State and Cultural Studies.

    The workshop was founded in 2012 by CHGS, the Human Rights Program and the Department of Sociology to foster interdisciplinary conversations on the subject areas of Holocaust studies, genocide and memory, peace and conflict studies, human rights, nationalism and ethnic violence, representations of violence and trauma, conflict resolution, transitional justice, historical consciousness and collective memory.

    For more information about particpation in the workshop please email Wahutau Siguru at siguru@umn.edu.

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  • The Discovery of the "New World" and Traditions of Othering

    A lecture by Pedro Martínez García
    September 20, 2013
    Room 1210 Heller Hall
    12:15 p.m.

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    The arrival of the Castilian caravels in 1492 on the coast and islands which at first sight were identified as the Orient and the resulting encounters with the first natives oddly coincides with the end of the so called "coexistence of the three cultures" in the kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula. Contemporary Christian Castilians set aside their Jewish and their Morisco others to engage with "new others" in unchartered territories, where concepts like conversion, conquista and cohabitation evolved and were adapted to new contexts. This moment is often considered a symbolic turning point between the Middle Ages and Modernity.

    In his talk, Dr. Martinez will focus on the traditions of othering in the early modern Iberian Atlantic World, paying special attention to the European perceptions of the natives of the "New World" through chronicles and travel narratives.

    Pedro Martínez García is a lecturer in the Chair of Early modern History, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

    Since 2008, he has been writing his dissertation entitled "Face to Face with the Other: Travel Narratives and Alterity from the Late Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period"
    at the University of Valladolid (Spain) and the University of Bayreuth (Germany).

    Sponsored by: Center for Holocaust and Genocides Studies, Center for Early Modern History, Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

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  • Syrian Event to be aired Today on MPR

    Countering Mass Atrocities in Syria: Between Human Rights Ideals and Geo-Political Concerns will be broadcast today, Thursday, September 12 at noon.

    To listen to the program please click here.

    The program, sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program was in the form of a panel discussion featuring: Sarah Parkinson, Assistant Professor. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Ragui Assaad, Professor, Planning and Public Affairs at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Ron Krebs, Associate Professor Department of Political Science, Dr. Wael Khouli and Mazen Halibi, members of the Syrian community.

    The discussion was moderated by Barbara Frey, Director Human Rights Program and introduced by Alejandro Baer, Director Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    Sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Program and Institute for Global Studies and the Institute for Advanced Studies.

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  • Syria: If Not Now When?

    By Alejandro Baer

    "If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?" Said Rabbi Hillel, one of the most influential sages and scholars in Jewish history.

    It is unlikely that Barak Obama had this phrase of the Talmud in mind last week during the Moscow's G20 summit. However, he seems to have performed a political interpretation of this often quoted Jewish aphorism when he tried to convince his fellow world leaders of the necessity of joint military action against the criminal Assad regime in Syria.

    The figures of the Syrian tragedy are well known. 100,000 people killed in two years, two million refugees living in bordering countries, four million displaced within the country and, only a few weeks ago, a lethal chemical weapons attack against the civilian population, in a clear violation of international law. No other government has dared to cross the line of chemical weapons use since the 1980s. The situation has reached a tipping point and it requires a meaningful response by the international community. But what sort of action should be taken?

    It seems we are always fighting the previous genocide. Violence unfolding before our eyes usually lacks the unambiguous quality of retrospective moral outrage, naming and condemnation. It is entangled in a complex constellation of forces and unpredictable developments that lead to the fact that the realpolitik, immediate interests and geopolitical concerns are weighted against human rights ideals.

    What will be the consequences of military action in Syria? Have all other measures and means of pressure been exhausted? Will the envisioned bombing raids serve to protect civilians?

    On September 11 the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program will host a panel discussion in which Syrian community members, experts and scholars will discuss ways to take action without vast and devastating consequences.

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  • CHGS and the Program for Human Rights Announce Program on Syria

    Countering Mass Atrocities in Syria: Between Human Rights Ideals and Geo-Political Concerns
    Wednesday, September 11
    4:00 p.m.
    Note: Room Change:
    125 Willey Hall

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    As the situation in Syria grows evermore difficult, maintaining its position in center stage as the world watches mass atrocities unfold, tensions over what action to take (or not to take) continue to escalate. Russia stands firm in its decision to block a UN backed intervention, and the United States looks to take matters into its own hands with military action. In the anticipation of a potential confrontation, experts and scholars hope to find a way to take action without vast and devastating consequences.

    Panelists:
    Sarah Parkinson, Assistant Professor. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Ragui Assaad, Professor, Planning and Public Affairs at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Ron Krebs, Associate Professor Department of Political Science, Dr. Wael Khouli and Mazen Halibi, members of the Syrian community.

    Moderated by Barbara Frey, Director Human Rights Program and Alejandro Baer, Director Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    Sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Program and Institute for Global Studies.

    For more information contact: 612-624-9007

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  • 2013 Holocaust Genocide & Mass Violence Studies Workshops Announced

    The Center for Holocaust & genocide Studies, the Human rights Program and the Department of Sociology have just released the fall semester schedule for the Holocaust, Genocide & Mas violence Workshops for graduate students and faculty.

    The first meeting will take place on Thursday, September 19, in Room 710 Social Sciences.

    The workshop was founded in 2012 to foster interdisciplinary conversations on the subject areas of Holocaust studies, genocide and memory, peace and conflict studies, human rights, nationalism and ethnic violence, representations of violence and trauma, conflict resolution, transitional justice, historical consciousness and collective memory.

    Support fellow scholars and provide feedback at various stages of the research process.

    Engage in dialogue with invited scholars.

    Twelve students, visiting professors and faculty members gave papers throughout the 2012-2013 academic school year. A complete list of presenters and topics is available by clicking the following link.

    For more information about particpation in the workshop please email Wahutau Siguru at siguru@umn.edu.

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  • A Nazi in our Midst?

    A Nazi in our midst? Pursuit of justice must persistArticle by Alejandro Baer June 17, 2013
    Star Tribune

    If he is connected with war crimes, he must be held accountable.

    Until Friday, 94-year-old Michael Karkoc was only an immigrant living the quiet and peaceful life of a retiree in northeast Minneapolis. He was known as a loving father and grandfather, a longtime member of the Ukrainian immigrant community, a citizen who attended church regularly, always friendly and considerate toward his neighbors.

    But soon Karkoc will be subject to the full force of the law, suspected of the worst imaginable of crimes. Karkoc is alleged to have been a top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children. It seems that the evidence is strong enough for him to face deportation and to be prosecuted for war crimes in Germany or Poland.

    How could this man immigrate to the United States after the war and live a normal life in Minnesota for six decades? According to an extensive investigation by the Associated Press, Karkoc fooled the American authorities in 1949, concealing his role as an officer and founding member of the infamous Ukrainian Self Defense Legion.

    To read the entire article click here.

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  • Immigration to America: the 1948 Displaced Persons Act

    By Jodi Elowitz June 17, 2013

    The startled reaction to the news that Michael Karkoc, an alleged former Nazi is living in Northeast Minneapolis is understandable. To have a Nazi in our midst is unsettling and leads to the larger question of how it is possible for someone who (if found guilty of war crimes) could have lived in the Twin Cities for 70 years undetected.

    In terms of what happens next, the United States needs to investigate Karkoc's denial of military service on the application form he filed in order to immigrate to the United States.

    Karkoc was admitted into this country under the 1948 Displaced Persons Act, designed to authorize for a limited period of time the admission into the United States of certain European displaced persons for permanent residence and or other purposes.

    After World War II there were more than 250,000 Jewish displaced persons between 1945 and 1952 living in DP camps throughout Germany and Austria, waiting to regain their lives after the Holocaust. At first the thought was to return them to their countries of origin but most had no homes or families to go back to, and antisemitism remained problematic. The Displaced Persons Act at first was not specific or favorable to the Jewish DP's and many Jews continued to wait to immigrate to the United States. It was not until 1950 that the act was amended and Jews had more accessibility to emigrate. By 1952 80,000 displaced Jews made it to the US with the additional aid of Jewish relief agencies. Of those 80,000 it is believed that roughly three to four hundred made Minnesota their new home.

    Life in Minnesota was not easy for the new Jewish immigrants, jobs were hard to come by and the larger community did not quite understand what these refugees had experienced during the war. Most did not speak of their Holocaust experiences until much later, when people began to ask and wanted to hear about what they witnessed.

    When the news of Karkoc's alleged Nazi past appeared on every Minnesota news and media outlet, local Holocaust survivors began to speak up, hoping that if he did indeed commit these crimes against his fellow Ukrainians and Poles, murdering women and children, that he would be brought to justice. Many wondered how he was able to slip into this country under the act that was designed to help people who had been victims of Nazi persecution and could not return home. As one survivor said, "The fact that he was let into the US and has lived a relatively quiet and happy life is problematic because justice has not been served."

    Sources for this article: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia, University of Washington Bothel Library.

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  • Representing Genocide Videos on CHGS YouTube Channel

    On April 5th and 6th, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, hosted the symposium, Representing Genocide: Media, Law and Scholarship, to explore the intersections between journalistic, judicial and social scientific depictions of atrocities, with a focus on cases of the Holocaust, Darfur and Rwanda. The symposium was was recorded and is now available to be viewed on the Center's YouTube channel by clicking here.

    The symposium was organized by the Center's Director, Alejandro Baer, and Professor of Sociology, Joachim Savelsberg, and made possible by the Wexler Special Events fund for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Center for Austrian Studies, The Center for German and European Studies and several other centers and departments across the university(for a complete list click here).

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  • Scripting the Shoah presented by Aomar Boum now Available to View on line

    On April 11, 2013 Professor Aomar Boum presented an overview of his research dealing with the Holocaust in Moroccan official and public discourses. The recording of this presentation is now available for viewing on the CHGS YouTube channel. You can access the video by clicking here.

    The lecture was a collaboration between CHGS and the Center for Jewish Studies.

    Using archival material and ethnographic interviews, Professor Boum argued that North African and Moroccan perspectives about the Holocaust are part of what he calls the durable structures of acceptance and minimization. Using Bourdieu's habitus, Boum claims that Moroccan debates about the Holocaust have been framed and ossified in a context of social and political pre-dispositions of minimization of the Holocaust generating typological and conflicting scripts. Therefore, when individuals go against the grain and question this habitus, they are perceived as going against the principles of regular continuity that has governed the Arab/Moroccan critique of Israeli policies towards Palestinians.

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  • Eric Harkleroad PhD Candidate in Anthropology to Present at CHGS Workshop

    Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies
    Thursday, May 9
    3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    710 Social Sciences

    Eric Harkleroad will present "Warfare and Society: Archaeology's Contribution to the Discussion."

    Eric's research focuses on situating warfare within the social sphere to examine its changing place in the daily life of Iron Age people in Southern Britain. His dissertation takes a regional look at how warfare, or the symbolic representations of warfare, is distributed across the landscape at different sites and how this changes through time. The work he is presenting uses a different scale focusing on one site and trying to understand how warfare fits into society at one specific site. Additionally he will address the relevance of Anthropology and Archaeology to the interests of the HGMV workshop.

    This the last workshop of the 2012-2013 school year. The workshop will resume in September of 2013. For more information on how you can participate next year please email Alejandro Baer at abaer@umn.edu.

    Special thanks to Shannon Golden for facilitating and organizing the workshops this year.

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  • Holocaust and Genocide Courses Being Offered for Summer and Fall

    Registration for University of Minnesota's summer and fall semester is now open with a number of courses that fall within the Center's interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Holocaust and genocide.

    Please register for the University of Minnesota Course offerings below at the One Stop Home Page.

    For a complete list of potential courses click on the following link: Holocaust and Genocide Courses Offered at the University of Minnesota.pdf

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  • Wahutu Siguru awarded Badzin Fellowship

    The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History, are pleased to announce the Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies has been awarded to Wahuta Siguru.

    Siguru's research interests are in the Sociology of Media, Genocide, Mass Violence and Atrocities (specifically on issues of representation of conflicts in Africa such as Darfur and Rwanda), Collective Memory, and perhaps somewhat tangentially Democracy and Development in Africa.

    Siguru was born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya and attended Moi University Law School from 2003-2007 and moved to Minnesota in 2007 completing a double major in Sociology and Global Studies at the University of Minnesota in 2010.

    He spent a year doing research with Professor Tade Okediji, (University of Minnesota Applied Economics) on ethnicity and ethnic group formation in Africa, which resulted in a co-authored paper presented at the 2013 Africa Conference in Austin Texas. The paper will also be presented at the African Studies Association Conference in Baltimore Maryland later this year.

    Siguru began coursework towards a PhD in Sociology at the University of Minnesota in 2011 and is currently analyzing data collected in the summer of 2012 in Johannesburg and Nairobi which has resulted in a co-authored paper with Professor Joachim Savelsberg on Representations of Darfur in Western and African Media; this will be presented at the 2013 American Sociological Association Conference in New York.

    The Badzin Fellowship pays a living stipend of $18,000, and the cost of tuition, mandatory fees and health insurance. An applicant must be a current student in a Ph.D. program in the College of Liberal Arts, currently enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of study, and have a doctoral dissertation project in Holocaust and genocide studies.

    The fellowship is awarded on the basis of the quality and scholarly potential of the dissertation project, the applicant's quality of performance in the graduate program, and the applicant's general scholarly promise.

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  • Alejandro Baer to Present at USHMM Symposium

    Alejandro Baer, CHGS will participate in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Symposium, Sephardic Jewry and the Holocaust: The Future of the Field
    April 28-30, 2013
    University of Washington, Seattle

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    The symposium is part of the year long commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Museum. Co-organized through the Sephardic Studies Initiative of the University of Washington's Samuel & Althea Stroum Jewish Studies Program and the Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, this symposium explores the unique history of Sephardic Jewry and the Holocaust.

    Professor Baer will present The Voids of the Sephard: the Memory of the Holocaust in Spain.

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  • Hiromi Mizuno professor in the Department of History to present at next CHGS workshop

    Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies
    Thursday, April 25:
    3:30-5:00 p.m. 710 Social Sciences

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    "When Crimes Cannot Be Punished: the Comfort Women Issue and International Human Rights Law"

    Hiromi Mizuno, Associate Professor, Department of History and CHGS advisory board member will present on her latest research.

    If you are interested in participating in the workshop please contact Shannon Golden at golde118@umn.edu.

    Remaining Workshop Schedule:

    May 3: Friday, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
    Courtney Gildersleeve

    May 9: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
    Eric Harkleroad

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  • Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Austrian Studies, Matthias Falter to present at next CHGS workshop

    The "Antifascist consensus" and the "club of political correctness." Addressing National Socialism in Austrian parliamentary debates on right-wing extremism
    Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies
    Thursday, April 11
    3:30-5:00 p.m.
    609 Social Sciences

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    Matthias Falter is political scientist and BMWF Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Austrian Studies of the University of Minnesota. His main fields of research are political theory, especially Critical Theory and the political thought of Hannah Arendt, historic and contemporary antisemitism, right-wing extremism and parliamentarianism. In his dissertation, Matthias Falter examines Austrian parliamentary discourse on right-wing extremism and underlying concepts of political community. On Thursday, he will talk about the memory of National Socialism as point of reference in contemporary Austrian parliamentary debates on right-wing extremism and the related struggles over politics of remembrance.

    If you are interested in participating in the workshop please contact Shannon Golden at golde118@umn.edu.

    Remaining Workshop Schedule:

    April 25: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
    Hiromi Mizuno, "When Crimes Cannot Be Punished: the Comfort Women Issue and International Human Rights Law"

    May 3: Friday, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
    Courtney Gildersleeve

    May 9: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
    Eric Harkleroad

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  • Scripting the Shoah: The Holocaust in Moroccan Official and Public Discourses

    Aomar Boum, Assistant Professor, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and Religious studies Program, University of Arizona
    April 11, 2013
    Room 1210 Heller Hall
    5:30 p.m.

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    Since the end of WWII, the Holocaust has been a prominent issue in Arab political and intellectual discourse. Although this issue has largely played out in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, it has also been an integral part of the North African debate in general and the Moroccan anti-Israeli and Zionist discussions in particular by the early years of Independence.

    Using archival material and ethnographic interviews, Professor Boum will argue that North African and Moroccan perspectives about the Holocaust are part of what he calls the durable structures of acceptance and minimization. Using Bourdieu's habitus, Boum claims that Moroccan debates about the Holocaust have been framed and ossified in a context of social and political pre-dispositions of minimization of the Holocaust generating typological and conflicting scripts. Therefore, when individuals go against the grain and question this habitus, they are perceived as going against the principles of regular continuity that has governed the Arab/Moroccan critique of Israeli policies towards Palestinians.

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  • Illumintated Memory

    A group exhibition of student artwork on Holocaust remembrance organized by Kathy Carlisle, Visual Arts Instructor at St. Francis High School in Sacramento,California.

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    Exhibition Dates
    April 2 - 13, 2013
    Public Reception
    Friday, April 12, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art
    Gallery hours are 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

    The project showcases the collective work of Photography One and Two students at St. Francis High School during the Spring semester, 2012. This conceptual photography assignment required students to engage in historical research about the Holocaust and to create symbolic photographic imagery in response to their research. An exploration of artists employing symbolism, metaphor, and allegory in historical and contemporary art established the foundation of the project. Students then began their work by expanding their knowledge of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945 through personal and collaborative research and class assignments.

    The students' creative challenges began as they refined their research to focus on a single personal narrative from a survivor or someone who had perished in the Holocaust. They were asked to personally assess and symbolize the essence of that single person's story through photographic imagery. Students were limited to a palette of sepia or black and white photography, using only tonal value to describe the depth and breadth of their concept. The final step of the project required students to write an artist's statement about their work, explaining their creative process and its connection to their research.

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  • CHGS Announces Symposium on Representation of Genocide

    Representing Genocide: Media, Law and Scholarship
    April 5 & 6, 2013
    Mondale Hall -The Law School
    Friday, April 5, 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Room 20
    Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Room 50
    Free and open to the public. Registration closed. Walk ins welcome, space is limited. Registration on Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30.

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    The symposium will address journalistic, judicial and social scientific depictions of atrocities with a focus on cases of the Holocaust, Darfur, and Rwanda. It seeks to explore the intersections between these different discursive fields and case studies to shed light on the increasing tension between the local and global representations and memories of mass murder.

    The particular ways in which current genocides are represented have critical consequences for the responses and interventions offered by the rest of the world. This has been evident in both Darfur and Rwanda, where the framing of the events and the labels and definitions used by the media and scholarship to describe them (such as "tribal violence") had a detachment effect and did not favor any sort of intervention to halt the atrocities. Reversely, references to the Holocaust in the representation of contemporary mass atrocities--so-called "metaphorical bridging"--can also crucially impact the process of intervention, as the case of Bosnia has demonstrated.

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  • Special Screening "The Future's Past"

    Documentary by Austrian filmmaker Susan Brandstätter
    Wednesday, April 3
    7:00 p.m.
    Bell Museum of Natural History Auditorium

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    Director Susan Brandstätter will be present for a Q & A session after the film with Alejandro Baer, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    Using the Khmer Rouge Tribunal as a starting point, Susanne Brandstätter takes a deeper look into the lives of young people on the brink of adulthood. As the trial accusing a perpetrator of the Pol Pot regime progresses, it becomes a catalyst for a new generation of Cambodians questioning their parents, families and neighbors about the inhumanities their nation has suffered.

    Sponsored by Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Center for Austrian Studies.

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  • P.h.D. Candidate in Spanish and Portuguese Erma Nezirevic to Present at CHGS Workshop

    "Mobile Memories: Collective Memory of Mass Violence in Spain and the (ex) Yugoslavia"
    Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies
    Friday, March 29, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Room 710 Social Sciences

    Spain and (ex)Yugoslavia have followed a seemingly parallel historical path in the twentieth century, including similar experiences of rising nationalisms, civil wars, dictatorships, transitions to democracy, and subsequent struggles over collective memory. Erma examines the interrelations between the collective memories of civil war and mass violence in both places (including new ex-Yugoslav states). Her goal is to explore how collective memory works between them and show how cultural production in one influences the other and vice versa. This exchange, along with their global and multigenerational influences, represents "mobile memories," for which a study of interdisciplinary sources is crucial.

    If you are interested in participating in the workshop please contact Shannon Golden at golde118@umn.edu.

    Remaining Workshop Schedule:

    April 11: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (609 Social Sciences)
    Matthias Falter, " 'Antifascist Consensus' & the 'Club of Political Correctness': Addressing National Socialism in Austrian Parliamentary Debates on Right-wing Extremism"

    April 25: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
    Hiromi Mizuno, "When Crimes Cannot Be Punished: the Comfort Women Issue and International Human Rights Law"

    May 3: Friday, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
    Courtney Gildersleeve

    May 9: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
    Eric Harkleroad

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  • Now Accepting Nominations for 3rd Annual Inna Meiman Human Rights Award

    The Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
    are pleased to announce The 3rd Annual Inna Meiman Human Rights Award.

    Recognizing undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota who have made significant personal contributions in the promotion and protection of human rights.

    This award will be given in recognition of the friendship between Inna Meiman, a Soviet era Jewish refusnik who was repeatedly denied a visa to seek medical treatment, and Lisa Paul, a graduate of the University of Minnesota who fought tirelessly on her behalf, including a 25-day hunger strike that galvanized a movement for Inna's freedom. The friendship between Lisa Paul and Inna Meiman is memorialized in the book, Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope.

    The award is intended to recognize a University of Minnesota student who embodies a commitment to human rights. The Awardee will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

    Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 12, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

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  • CHGS and Department of American Indian Studies Announce Panel Discussion on Dakota Exile

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    The Dakota Exile: Impact and Resistance

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    "The Sioux Indians of Minnesota must be exterminated or driven forever beyond the borders of the state."

    Message of Governor Ramsey to the Legislature of Minnesota: September 9, 1862.

    Thursday, March 14, 2013
    7:00 p.m.
    275 Nicholson Hall
    Free and Open to the Public

    A Panel Discussion Featuring:
    Iyekiyapiwiƞ Darlene St. Clair: Moderator, introduction and context for the exile order.
    C̣aƞte Máza Neil McKay: Terminology and impacts of "benevolent" language. How Euro-Minnesotans benefited from the Dakota Exile.
    Ahdipiwiƞ Katherine Beane: Impacts of the Exile and the efforts to rescind the exile order.
    Ṡiṡokaduta Joe Bendickson: Dakota language revitalization.

    Introductions by:
    Alejandro Baer, Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
    Jean O'Brien, Chair, Department of American Indian studies

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  • Human Rights Program assistant Whitney Taylor to present at CHGS workshop

    Perceptions of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
    Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies
    Thursday, March 14
    3:30-5:00 p.m.
    Room 710 Social Sciences

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    International criminal tribunals are internally and externally contested spaces, and they necessarily operate in political environments. In the case of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), domestic groups have vocally challenged the legitimacy of the ICTY and its ability to do justice. Importantly, domestic public perception of the court appears to be divorced from the actual operations of the court.

    In this presentation, Taylor seeks to better explain the apparent disconnect between the relative successes of ICTY in terms of its intended outputs and domestic public perception of the court in the Balkans. Her focus is the interaction of actors within the Balkans--how they propagate different narratives about the work of the ICTY and how these contestations affect domestic public perception of the court. In particular, she investigates the role of political elites, civil society organizations, and the media.

    If you are interested in participating in the workshop please contact Shannon Golden at golde118@umn.edu.

    Remaining Workshop Schedule:

    March 29: Friday, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
    Erma Nezirevic, "Mobile Memories: Collective Memory of Mass Violence in Spain and the (ex) Yugoslavia"

    April 11: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (609 Social Sciences)
    Matthias Falter, " 'Antifascist Consensus' & the 'Club of Political Correctness': Addressing National Socialism in Austrian Parliamentary Debates on Right-wing Extremism"

    April 26: Friday, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)

    May 9: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
    Eric Harkleroad

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  • Just Announced! Internationally Acclaimed Portrait Painter Felix de la Concha to speak on Campus

    Thursday, February 28
    11:30 a.m.
    Room 155 Nicholson Hall
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    CHGS and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese are hosting the artist Felix de la Concha as he works on his recent project Portraits with Conversation. Felix paints a portrait while recording a session with the sitter; the process takes about 2 hours and has produced some very powerful portraits of various people throughout the world. Using this technique he has painted over 30 portraits of Holocaust Survivors.

    Felix de la Concha is coming to the Twin Cities to work with Holocaust survivors in our community to paint their portrait and record the sessions. The completed works will be donated to the University of Minnesota. Felix will discuss this project and other works when he speaks on campus.

    The lecture is free and open to the public.

    To learn more about Felix de la Concha visit his web page in the CHGS Virtual Museum by clicking here.

    Sponsored by: The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, European Studies Consortium and the Institute for Global Studies.

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  • PhD Candidate Department of French and Italian Corbin Treacy to Present at CHGS Workshop

    Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies
    Friday, March 1
    12:00-1:30 p.m.
    Room 710 Social Sciences

    Aesthetics and Aftermath: Algeria 1962-2012

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    Treacy's dissertation studies Algerian novels in French that respond to the political and social landscape of the post-independence period. Through their literary form, engagement with the political present, and utopian thinking, these works imagine counter-realities that interrupt the closed-circuit loop of violence and paralysis that have defined public life in Algeria in the aftermath of independence from France in 1962.

    Building on the recent work of critics who combine materialist dialectics and post-colonial critique, He will show how these texts disrupt this permanence of aftermath through particular aesthetic moves, suggesting new ways of reading post-colonial literature beyond the polarities of politics and poetics.

    If you are interested in participating in the workshop please contact Shannon Golden at golde118@umn.edu.

    Updated schedule: CHGS 2013 HGMV Workshop 2-1-2013.pdf

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  • PhD Candidate in sociology Shannon Golden to present at next CHGS workshop

    Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies

    Thursday, February 7
    3:30-5:00 p.m.
    Room 710 Social Sciences

    Shannon Golden will present "International Law in Local Context: The ICC in Northern Uganda." as part of her dissertation research. Her dissertation explores the process of social reconstruction in post-war northern Uganda. On Thursday she will focus on the impact of the International Criminal Court in the lives of conflict survivors and their communities.

    If you are interested in participating in the workshop please contact Shannon Golden at golde118@umn.edu.

    Updated schedule: CHGS 2013 HGMV Workshop 2-1-2013.pdf

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  • January 27th: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Memory Since Day One
    by Alejandro Baer

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    On April 19th, 1945, only a few days after American troops had liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp, thousands of survivors gathered at its Appellplatz (the roll call square) and took the following oath: "We will not stop fighting until the last perpetrator is brought before the judges of the people! Our watchword is the destruction of Nazism from its roots. Building a new world of peace and freedom is our goal. This is our responsibility to our murdered comrades and their relatives."

    After the Buchenwald Oath was read aloud, the survivors raised their hands and said: "We swear". This was probably the first act of Holocaust memory ever performed.

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  • Sociology Ph.D. Candidate Hollie Nyseth Brehm to Present at CHGS Workshop

    Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies
    Friday, January 25, 2013
    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Room 710 Social Sciences Building

    Hollie Nyseth Brehm will focus on two concurrent projects that she is pursuing, including her dissertation and a collaborative effort with Dr. Chris Uggen (Sociology). Both projects seek to better understand aspects of genocide. On Friday she will focus on the case of Rwanda and explore why certain regions in Rwanda saw more killings as well as why violence started comparatively earlier in some regions.

    Read Hollie Nyseth Brehm's article The Crime of Genocide as seen in the CHGS December newsletter, posted on the Society Pages by clicking here.

    If you are interested in participating in the workshop please contact Shannon Golden .

    Updated schedule: CHGS Workshop schedule 1-21-2013.pdf

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  • CHGS December Electronic Newlsetter Now Available On Line

    The Center for Holocaust and Genocides Studies electronic newsletter is now available to read on our website.

    We will post the newsletter after it has been sent to our subscribers. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter directly in your email box please subscribe by entering your name and email address in the box on the top right of our home page.

    To view this month's newsletter click here.
    For older newsletters click here.

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  • New Blog of Recent Library Acquisitions in Holocaust & Genocide Studies

    University of Minnesota Holocaust and Genocide Studies Librarian Susan Gangl has put together a new blog listing recent library acquisitions in the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. This is a comprehensive list, including call numbers and location the title is available for check out. You may access the site by clicking here.

    In addition to the blog, be sure to visit her Holocaust and Genocide library subject page by clicking here.

    For titles available in the Center's library please visit our Book & Video Library page.

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  • Visiting Professor Jaime Ginzburg to Present at CHGS Workshop

    Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies

    Friday, December 14
    12:00-1:30 p.m.
    Room 614 Social Sciences Building

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    "Authoritarianism, Violence and Melancholy"

    Professor Ginsberg's presentation is about language and violence. The first part, will focus on torture, considering how different social groups talk about it (considering examples from Brazil and Uruguay). There is a variety of perspectives, including the ways physicians describe it, and the point of view of victims. The Second part will feature a comparison between Hegel and Adorno,dedicated to representation. Aesthetics, Cultural Studies and Literary Theory have important contributions to studies on violence. Consideration will be given to those theroies and more specifically ideas from the Frankfurt School. The last part will be about death, loss and melancholy. It`s necessary to discuss images of death, in a way we can define how cultural production, in authoritarian regimes along the XXth Century, can speak against repression and violence.

    Professor Jaime Ginzburg is Associate Professor of Brazilian Literature at the University of São Paulo, in Brazil, and is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where he is teaching a graduate seminar on Violence and Democracy. His latest books include, Crítica em tempos de violência. São Paulo: Edusp / Fapesp 2012; Escritas da violência, co-edited with Márcio Seligmann-Silva and Francisco Foot Hardman (Rio de Janeiro: Sette Letras, 2012), Vols. I and II; and Walter Benjamin: rastro, aura e história, co-edited with Sabrina Sedlmayer. Belo Horizonte: Editora UFMG, 2012.

    If you are interested in participating in the workshop please contact Shannon Golden golde118@umn.edu.

    Meeting Schedule 11-20-2012.pdf

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  • Alejandro Baer to Teach Mass Media & Society

    SOC 4090/ GLOS 4910: Mass Media & Society
    Mondays and Wednesdays
    11:15-12:30
    Spring 2013

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    This course provides a broad survey of sociological perspectives regarding the role of media (television, radio, printed press, film, and the Internet) in society. The course will examine historical media developments, theoretical frameworks used to analyze media audiences, producers, and effects, the impact of media in popular culture, their role in shaping social memories and the relation between media and violence, including terrorism and genocide.

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  • Rebuilding the Community: Jewish Life in Germany after the Shoah now available to view on YouTube

    On Sunday, October 28, 2012 Professor Jay H. Geller spoke to the community about Jewish life in Germany after the Shoah. A video of that talk is available by visiting The Center for Jewish Studies, University of Minnesota YouTube channel.

    Even after the Shoah, Jews chose to settle in Germany. Who were these Jews, and why did they decide to remain in a country that had been hostile to their very existence only a few years earlier? How did they deal with antagonism by German neighbors and isolation by Jewish groups abroad? This talk explores the circumstances that led to a renewed Jewish community in post-Holocaust Germany and the alliances that permitted it to flourish.

    Jay Geller is the Samuel Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies and Associate Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University. He specializes in Jewish history and modern European history, with a focus on Germany. He is the author of Jews in Post-Holocaust Germany, and co-editor of Three-Way Street: Germans, Jews, and the Transnational with Leslie Morris. He is currently writing a biography of Gershom Scholem and his family.

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  • Visiting Professor Matti Jutila to Present at CHGS Workshop

    Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies

    Thursday, November 29 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Room 614 Social Sciences Building

    Presentation by Professor Matti Jutila, "Ideology of Racial Extermination? Representations of Marxist Ethnopolitics in The Soviet Story"

    Professor Jutila will be referring to the award-winning documentary, The Soviet Story by director Edvins Snore that tells the story of the Soviet regime and how the Soviet Union helped Nazi Germany instigate the Holocaust. Other subjects covered by the film include: - The Great Famine in Ukraine (1932/33) - The Katyn massacre (1940) - The SS-KGB partnership - French Communists and the Nazis - Soviet mass deportations - Medical experiments in the GULAG. The Soviet Story was filmed over 2 years in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, France, UK and Belgium. The film includes recently uncovered archive documents as well as interviews with former Soviet Military intelligence officials.

    Dr. Jutila's main unifying theme of his research has been nationalism; how it affects contemporary world politics and the construction of political communities. His doctoral research investigated how transnational governance of the rights of national minorities has challenged nationalism externally by circumscribing the sovereignty of nation-states, and internally by challenging the idea of national homogeneity as the foundation of political communities.

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  • Remembering Kristallnacht: Combating Indifference

    Article by: ALEJANDRO BAER November 9, 2012 - Mpls. Star Tribune

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    November 9 and 10, 2012 marks the 74th anniversary of Nazi Germany's state instigated pogroms known as Kristallnacht (also known as "Night of broken glass"), a turning point in the anti-Jewish policy in Hitler's Germany. For most scholars it marks the beginning of the period we now define as the Holocaust.

    Read the entire article here.

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  • Alejandro Baer to speak about Kristallnacht in Civil War Spain

    Kristallnacht in Civil War Spain
    Tuesday, November 13
    Room 1210 Heller Hall
    4:00 p.m.

    "Germany introduces forceful measures against the Hebrews.
    A clear warning to international Jewry never again to make attempts on the lives of Germans."
    - Ideal, Granada, November 13, 1938.

    Professor Baer will talk about the contrasting treatment given to the news of the German anti-Jewish pogroms on November 9 & 10, 1938 by the Francoist and Republican sides during the Spanish Civil War.

    The Francoist press met the news with approval and glee, in contrast to the condemnations expressed in the Republican papers, which offered solidarity and support to the victims, even as the legitimate Spanish government approached it's own death agony.

    The Spanish republicans soon recognized that their fate was intertwined with that of European Jews.

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  • Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies

    Meeting and presentation schedule is now available by clicking on the link below.
    Workshop Schedule Updated 10262012.pdf

    If you are interested in participating in the workshop please contact Shannon Golden golde118@umn.edu.

    The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), the Human Rights Program and the Department of Sociology are organizing a Research Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Members of all departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Minnesota.

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  • Letter from the Director of CHGS

    I am pleased to announce that, with the beginning of the fall semester, I took up my new position as the Stephen Feinstein chair and Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and as a faculty member of the Department of Sociology at University of Minnesota.

    I am thrilled and honored to direct a center forged by the extraordinary vision of Stephen Feinstein, its founding director. I am committed to the mission of CHGS, advancing scholarship and collaboration across units of the University, and linking scholarship with public service and outreach to all sectors of society.

    Since I started my work here in Minnesota I have been meeting with colleagues across the University and partners in the community. My objective is to identify synergies in order to develop collaborative efforts that build on the rich heritage of successful events and initiatives over the past 15 years at CHGS.

    It is my intention to further develop CHGS as a major center of academic research, distinguished both by its international scope and local sensitivity. We will establish partnerships with institutions in the US and abroad, initially focusing on Europe and Latin America, to enhance the Center's national and international visibility and to attract graduate students and scholars. We will promote and undertake research and publication projects, develop attractive programs for lectures, conferences and workshops as well as innovative teaching initiatives. All these activities will be focused on raising awareness of Holocaust memory and advancing our understanding of the conditions and prevention of genocide within and beyond campus.

    This can be achieved with the help of the Center´s staff and advisory board, community-based partners and friends, and with the support and collaboration of colleagues throughout the College of Liberal Arts and the University. I very much look forward to working together with you to reach these goals.

    Please feel free to stop by my office to share thoughts and ideas. I look forward to meeting you.

    With best regards,

    Alejandro Baer

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  • Trinity University Professor asks, "Did Elie Wiesel Christianize the Holocaust?"

    Did Elie Wiesel Christianize the Holocaust?
    Wiesel's Night in Yiddish and French: Critical Appraisals and a New Approach

    A lecture by Professor Alan Astro, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
    Friday, October 26
    Room 609 Social Sciences Building
    12:00p.m.

    Elie Wiesel's Night, which first appeared in French as La nuit in 1958, may well loom as the archetypal Holocaust survivor account. But it was only in 1994, in his memoirs, that the author addressed the fact that Night is part adaptation, part translation of a Yiddish work he originally published in Buenos Aires in 1956, entitled ...Un di velt hot geshvign (...And the World Was Silent).

    Critics have read discrepancies between the two versions in various ways: favorably, as resulting from appreciation for the distinct literary idiom of each language; provocatively, as the consequence of Wiesel's desire to cast the Holocaust in Christian, rather than Jewish, terms; and disparagingly, as part of a strategy to hide ideologically unpalatable, ethnocentric attitudes from a wider audience.

    This presentation will review merits and flaws of these differing interpretations of Wiesel's work, and sketch a possible new approach.

    Alan Astro (Ph.D., Yale University, 1985) is professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. He has published on Beckett, Borges and Sholem Aleichem as well as other modern authors in French, Spanish and Yiddish. Astro's latest work is Yiddish South of the Border: An Anthology of Latin American Yiddish Writing (2003).

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  • Scholar to speak on Jewish life in Germany after the Shoah

    Rebuilding the Community: Jewish Life in Germany after the Shoah
    Jay H. Geller, Professor of Judaic Studies, Case Western Reserve University
    Sunday, October 28, 2012
    7:30 p.m.
    Beth El Synagogue
    26th St., St. Louis Park, MN 55416

    Even after the Shoah, Jews chose to settle in Germany. Who were these Jews, and why did they decide to remain in a country that had been hostile to their very existence only a few years earlier? How did they deal with antagonism by German neighbors and isolation by Jewish groups abroad? This talk explores the circumstances that led to a renewed Jewish community in post-Holocaust Germany and the alliances that permitted it to flourish.

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  • CHGS to offer Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty

    Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies
    Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty
    Tuesday, October 9, 2012
    Room 710, Social Sciences Building
    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), the Human Rights Program and the Department of Sociology are organizing a Research Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Members of all departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Minnesota.

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  • CLA Names Alejandro Baer as New Feinstein Chair and Director of CHGS

    The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce that Professor Alejandro Baer has been named the Stephen Feinstein Chair and new director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    Alex_Seminario_FCJE_IIIb.jpegProfessor Baer is a distinguished scholar of Holocaust memory and testimony, and comes to Minnesota after serving on the sociology faculty of the Ludwig Maximilians-Universität-München in Germany. His books include Holocausto. Recuerdo y representación (Holocaust: Remembrance and Representation) and El testimonio audiovisual. Imagen y memoria del Holocausto (Audiovisual Testimony. Image and Memory of the Holocaust). In addition he has authored numerous articles addressing issues of genocide, memory, and Anti-Semitism. He is currently engaged in research focusing on the uses and abuses of Holocaust history and memory in the Spanish-speaking world as well as the trans-nationalization of memory.

    Professor Baer has actively engaged the broader community in the issues addressed by his scholarship. He has directed the Spanish section of the Shoah Visual Archives project and has served as a member of the Spanish delegation to the International Task Force for Holocaust Education Remembrance and Research. With the support of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain, Professor Baer co-founded Radio Sefarad, designed to spread the ethical values, culture and science of Judaism through its history and current development to Spanish-speaking audiences. More recently he has curated a traveling exhibition, Visas for Freedom: Spanish Diplomats and the Holocaust, which he plans to bring to the Twin Cities.

    In addition to serving as Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Alejandro Baer will join the Department of Sociology as an associate professor.

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  • Evil Conspiracies and Common Enemies: Mussolini, the Vatican, and the Origins of the Italian Racial Laws

    Berdahl Memorial Lecture
    Dr. David Kertzer, Professor of Anthropology at Brown University
    September 24, 2012
    4:00 p.m.
    Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

    Dr. David Kertzer is Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, where he formerly served as Provost. Professor Kertzer's research ranges widely, including: Italian politics and history, anthropological demography, social organization, politics and symbols, political economy and family systems, age structuring, European historical demography and the history of Catholic Church-Jewish relations.

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  • Judaken lecture now available on YouTube

    On April 25, 2012, Jonathan Judaken gave a lecture entitled, "The Conceptual Jew: Reflections on Arendt and Adorno's Post-Holocaust Theories of Anti-Semitism." The talk is now available to watch on CHGS' YouTube channel. Click here to view the video, as well as other CHGS-sponsored lectures, including Deborah Lipstadt and Alvin Rosenfeld.

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  • Rosenfeld lecture now available on CHGS YouTube channel

    In his public address on Sunday evening April 15, "Is There an Anti-Jewish Bias in Today's University?" Professor Alvin Rosenfeld discussed how many campuses have become hospitable to certain political and ideological currents of thought that issue in actions and statements that can be seen as hostile to many Jewish students and professors.

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  • Workshop: Trauma and Text: Approaches to Teaching the Literature of Atrocity

    July 23-July 27, 2012
    9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    Room 614 Social Sciences
    University of Minnesota
    30 CEUs
    2 graduate credits available for additional fee (contact outreach@umn.edu if interested)
    Registration deadline: July 9, 2012

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  • New translation of the testimony of Georges Wellers

    From Drancy to Auschwitz by the French Biologist and historian Georges Wellers was first published in France in 1946.

    Wellers worked for many years at the Sorbonne, where he held the position of Director of Research Laboratory of Medical Department. In 1941 he was arrested by the Nazis and spent more than three years in concentration camps-first in Drancy near Paris, then in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Despite all the deprivations during his captivity, Georges lived a long and productive life. He excelled in a prominent scientific career, was awarded the Legion of Honor Rosette as its Officer, was Vice-President of the Association of Nazi-camp survivors of France, and was the only French witness at the Eichmann war crime trial in Israel.

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  • U.S. Court of Appeals rules in favor of the University of Minnesota in case involving the Turkish Coalition of America

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled in favor of the University today in a closely watched case involving First Amendment and academic freedom claims. A Plaintiff in the case, Turkish Coalition of America, claimed that statements on a University department website that suggested that the Turkish Coalition's information about the Armenian genocide was "unreliable" violated its free speech rights and were defamatory. A University student also allegedly feared he would be subjected to academic reprisals if he used information from the organization's website in his own work.

    The federal district court had previously granted the University's motion to dismiss the claims, based principally upon its finding that the University's website contained statements of faculty scholarly opinion and critique that were protected by the doctrine of academic freedom.

    The Court of Appeals today affirmed the District Court's dismissal of the plaintiff's claims. It found the Turkish Coalition free speech claim failed because it could not show it had suffered any restrictions on its speech activities. The Court of Appeals also found that the Turkish Coalition's defamation claims failed because the University faculty's statements were either true or were statements of opinion, which cannot support a defamation claim. The Court of Appeals also found the student had no standing to bring any claims because he could not show he suffered any injury.

    The case has been watched closely by scholars around the United States and the world because of its implications for principles of academic freedom. GC Mark Rotenberg stated, "Today's federal court decision confirms the right of universities and their faculty to offer scholarly criticism and critique on websites without fear of legal exposure. This protection is especially important when the scholarly opinions expressed by the faculty are controversial. We are very pleased to have successfully defended this important academic interest."

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  • The Conceptual Jew: Reflections on Arendt and Adorno's Post-Holocaust Theories of Anti-Semitism

    A Lecture by: Jonathan Judaken, Rhodes College
    Wednesday, April 25, 2012
    Room 710 Social Sciences Building
    4:00 p.m.

    Professor Judaken will reconstruct the very different theoretical paradigms of the interactionist and the socio-psychoanalytic that Hannah Arendt and Theodor Adorno developed to understand anti-Semitism.

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  • The 2nd Annual Inna Meiman Human Rights Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to Anna Kaminski recipient of the Inna Meiman Human Rights Award and Tenzin Pelkyi, who was awarded the Sullivan Ballou Award in a ceremony among family, friends and University faculty on Friday, April 20, 2012.

    Each award, carrying a $1,000 scholarship, recognizes a University of Minnesota undergraduate student who embodies a commitment to human rights and has worked tirelessly to address human rights abuses.

    Read article in Minnesota Daily by clicking here.

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  • "How Did You Get Here? Jewish Self Invention and the Culture of Exile"

    Alicia Borinsky
    April 19, 2012 12:00-1:30
    325 Nicholson Hall

    Alicia Borinsky will focus on the Diaspora and its tales of displacement and integration.

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  • This Sunday, April 15-"Is There an Anti-Jewish Bias in Today's University?"

    Alvin Rosenfeld, Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies; Director, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism (Indiana University)
    Sunday, April 15, 2012
    7:30p.m.
    Cowles Auditorium
    The Humphrey School of Public Affairs

    In his public address, "Is There an Anti-Jewish Bias in Today's University?" Professor Alvin Rosenfeld will discuss how many of our campuses have become hospitable to certain political and ideological currents of thought that issue in actions and statements hostile to many Jewish students and professors. A review of contemporary debates about two issues of particular concern to Jews--the Holocaust and the State of Israel--suggests that we may be witnessing the emergence of some new versions of the "Jewish Question."

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  • CHGS to Host Symposium on the University During the Third Reich

    Betrayal of the Humanities: The University During the Third Reich
    Symposium
    Sunday April 15 & Monday April 16
    Mondale Hall, Law School

    Public Program: "Is There an Anti-Jewish Bias in Today's University?"
    Alvin Rosenfeld,Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies; Director, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism (Indiana University)

    Sunday, April 15, 2012
    7:30 p.m.
    Cowles Auditorium
    Humphrey School of Public Affairs

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  • The Young Turks' Crime Against Humanity

    Taner Akçam
    The Tenth Annual Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lecture

    Monday, April 16, 2012, 7:00p.m.
    Maroon & Gold Room, McNamara Alumni Center
    200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455

    This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

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  • The 2nd Annual Inna Meiman Human Rights Award-Nominations Due Friday, April 6

    The Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
    are pleased to announce The 2nd Annual Inna Meiman Human Rights Award.

    Recognizing undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota who have made significant personal contributions in the promotion and protection of human rights.

    This award will be given in recognition of the friendship between Inna Meiman, a Soviet era Jewish refusnik who was repeatedly denied a visa to seek medical treatment, and Lisa Paul, a graduate of the University of Minnesota who fought tirelessly on her behalf, including a 25-day hunger strike that galvanized a movement for Inna's freedom. The friendship between Lisa Paul and Inna Meiman is memorialized in the book, Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope.

    The award is intended to recognize a University of Minnesota student who embodies a commitment to human rights. The Awardee will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

    Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

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  • "Law and Democracy: The Paradoxes of Transitional Justice in Germany, 1945-1950."

    Devin Pendas, Associate Professor and director of graduate studies, Boston College

    Wednesday, April 4
    4:30p.m.
    Room 1210
    Heller Hall

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  • ¡Si Hubo Genocidio!: Exhumations, Truth and Justice after the Guatemalan Genocide

    Victoria Sanford, Professor of Anthropology at Lehman College, City College of New York

    Monday, April 2
    4:00p.m.
    Room 250
    Blegen Hall

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  • Preventing Mass Violence: The Expansion of R2P and the Challenge of Statebuilding

    Jon Western, Associate Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke College

    Thursday, March 29
    3:30 p.m.
    1314 Social Sciences

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  • Global Memory of the Holocaust and the Politics of Never Again

    Alejandro Baer, Visiting Chair of Qualitative Methods of Social Research, Ludwig Maximilians-Universität-München

    Tuesday, March 27
    4:00 p.m.
    1114 Social Sciences

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  • No Generation of Silence: American Jews and the Holocaust in the Post-War Era

    Hasia Diner, New York University
    Jewish Studies Community Lecture Series
    March 21, 2012 7:30 p.m.
    Temple Israel
    2324 Emerson Ave S, Minneapolis

    American Jews in the two decades after the end of World War II found many ways to make the tragedy that had engulfed their people in Europe at the hands of the German Nazis a part of their communal culture. The Holocaust loomed large for them. How did postwar American Jews experiment with language and ideas to keep alive the memories of those who had perished in Europe-- and use their memories to effect changes in the world of the late 1940s through the early 1960s?

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  • The International Human Rights Movement: A History

    Aryeh Neier
    February 28, 2012, 7:00 PM
    McNamara Alumni Center
    Maroon & Gold Room
    200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis (East Bank)

    Aryeh Neier has spent more than a half-century promoting and protecting the human rights of others. Born in Nazi Germany and a refugee at the age of two, Neier knew about violence from his earliest days. A tireless advocate for improvements in human rights globally, Neier has conducted investigations of human rights abuses in more than forty countries. He has played a leading role in the establishment of the international criminal courts that have heralded a new era of international justice.

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  • The Post Holocaust Golem: A Jewish Legend Returns Now on CHGS YouTube Channel

    On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, Dr. Elizabeth Baer, Professor of English and Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, spoke about how contemporary Jewish-American writers have created golem stories as a re-imagining of text-centered Jewish traditions by appropriating, adapting, revising and riffing on older golem legends. Such appropriation, deploying the imagination to seek a better understanding of human nature, is crucial in light of the Holocaust experience under the Nazis. The presentation included golems from novels, comic books, graphic narratives, and "The X-Files."

    Dr. Baer's new book, The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction from Wayne State University Press, will appear in Spring 2012.

    The lecture can be viewed on the Center's YouTube channel, CHGSumn.

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  • All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals

    David Scheffer
    February 8, 2012, 7 PM presentation, followed by a small reception
    McNamara Alumni Center, Maroon & Gold Room
    200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis (East Bank)

    David Scheffer had an insider's seat at the creation of the most important human rights institution of our era, the International Criminal Court. Representing President Clinton as head of the U.S. delegation to negotiations establishing the Court, Scheffer drew on his previous experience spearheading efforts to create war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, the Balkans, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia.

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  • Bruno Chaouat to participate in Talmud Torah of St. Paul's evening of Jewish Learning

    Engage: An evening of Jewish Learning
    Is Holocaust Awareness Bad for the Jews?
    January 28, 2012
    8:35 p.m. - 9:35 p.m.
    Talmud Torah of St. Paul

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  • CLA Announces Search for New CHGS Director

    Dear Friends and Supporters-

    I will be stepping down as director of CHGS at the end of this academic year, as planned when I accepted the two-year position in June 2010. I am delighted to announce that the College of Liberal Arts has decided to convene a search for a new permanent director.

    Being the director of CHGS has been a very rewarding experience for me. I would like to thank the staff of CHGS for all of their hard work in helping me further the mission of the Center. To our campus and community partners, thank you for all your warm support during my tenure.

    I am convinced that CHGS will benefit immensely from having a permanent director who can carry forth the vision of founding director Stephen Feinstein. In the meantime, CHGS will continue its work in educating all sectors of society about the Holocaust and other genocides; it is my hope that you will continue to support us and the work we do. Please consult our website for upcoming programming and the latest resources and news.

    I look forward to seeing you throughout the rest of the academic school year.

    Bruno Chaouat

    Posting: Director Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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  • Deborah Lipstadt Lecture now available on CHGS Youtube Channel

    Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University and author of internationally acclaimed books related to the Holocaust spoke on campus on Wednesday night, October 26 about Holocaust Denial: A New Form of Anti-Semitism and her recent critically acclaimed book The Eichmann Trial.

    You can view the lecture by clicking here.

    An audio interview with Dr. Lipstadt about Holocaust Denial and the 50th anniversary of the Eichmann Trial on Access Minnesota.

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  • Dispute between Watenpaugh and Turkish-American group

    As reported by Inside Higher Ed, Dr. Keith Watenpaugh, associate professor of religious studies at the University of California at Davis, has angered a Turkish-American group who reacted to an article about the historian's research that was published in the Davis alumni magazine by writing letters to university officials.

    Dr. Watenpaugh gave a lecture sponsored by CHGS in April 2011. To watch a video of his talk, click here.

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  • Special Film Screening- "As Seen Through These Eyes"

    Sunday, December 4, 2:00 pm
    Sabes Jewish Community Center

    Directed by Hilary Helstein and narrated by Maya Angelou, As Seen Through These Eyes is a window into the surviving art and artists of the Holocaust. The film offers an incredible look at humanity's survival mechanism, regardless of race or religion. The eyes of the witnesses reveal the profound need to communicate at any cost

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  • "The Responsibility to Protect" The Hon. Lloyd Axworthy President of the University of Winnipeg

    Tuesday, November 22, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    Room 25, Law School, Mondale Hall, West Bank, University of Minnesota

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  • The Post Holocaust Golem: A Jewish Legend Returns

    Dr. Elizabeth Baer
    Wednesday, November 9
    4:00p.m.
    Room 710
    Social Sciences Building

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  • Workshop Explores Childhood Memory as part of the Art Survives: Expressions from the Holocaust Exhibition

    Seeing The World Through Art: Creating a Symbol from Your Childhood Memory
    Workshop with David Feinberg
    Sunday, October 30, 1-4:00 p.m.
    Tychman Shapiro Gallery
    Sabes JCC

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  • Deborah Lipstadt Lecture Tonight at 7:00p.m. Coffman Theater

    The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) proudly presents the Bernard and Fern Badzin Lecture featuring Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University and author of internationally acclaimed books related to the Holocaust.

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union, on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota.

    Dr. Lipstadt will speak on Holocaust Denial: A New Form of Anti-Semitism and her recent critically acclaimed book The Eichmann Trial.

    The event is free and open to the public; however, reservations are required. To reserve your tickets please click here or call the reservation line at 612-626-2587.

    For parking and travel info please click here.

    The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at St. Cloud State University is the initiating sponsor of Deborah Lipstadt's visit to Minnesota.

    University of Minnesota Sponsors: Institute for Global Studies, Center for the Study of Political Psychology, Program in Health and Human rights, Center for Jewish Studies, Human Rights Program, Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch, and the Institute for Advanced Study

    Community Sponsors: Jewish Community Relations Council, CHAIM Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota, St. Paul JCC, and the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

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  • Art Survives: Expressions from the Holocaust

    October 10-December 22, 2011
    Reception: Sunday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
    Tychman Shapiro Gallery
    Sabes JCC

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  • Conference My Letter to the World: Narrating Human Rights Featuring a Lecture by Philip Gourevitch

    Monday, October 10, 2011
    Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union

    Conference 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Esther Freier Lecture by Philip Gourevitch 7:30 p.m.

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  • Help CHGS Rebuild Our Website

    The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is in the process of rebuilding our website. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. We value your input, and appreciate your support.

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  • Presidential Study Directive on Mass Atrocities

    On August 4, President Obama announced two important steps to prevent mass atrocities: the creation of a standing inter-agency Atrocities Prevention Board and a proclamation barring serious human rights violators from entering the United States.

    PRESIDENTIAL STUDY DIRECTIVE/PSD-10

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  • Voices From Congo: The Road Ahead

    Live webcast on Tuesday, July 26 starting at 9:30 a.m. EST on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website.

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  • Enemies of the People Available for Download on iTunes

    The award-winning documentary about the brutalities of the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields is now available for download on iTunes.

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  • Summer Institute on Human Rights

    Institute on Human Rights Education and Advocacy
    July 18 - July 22, 2011
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Twin Cities,West Bank
    Cost: $75

    The Human Rights Program of the University of Minnesota is holding the institute to introduce participants to the theory and practice of international human rights in the world today.

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  • "Thoughts on Agamben's Remnants of Auschwitz: A Talk at the University of Minnesota." Now available

    "Thoughts on Agamben's Remnants of Auschwitz: A Talk at the University of Minnesota." by Jeffrey Mehlman

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  • Régine Waintrater's "Testimony: Genocide and Transmission" available to view online

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  • Video of Professor Keith David Watenpaugh's lecture Hate in the Past Tense available online

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  • The transcript of Meïr Waintrater's lecture "You, Zionist!" Uses and Misuses of the Z-Word in Current Political Discourse is now available.

    antisemitism2.jpg On March 29, 2011 Meïr Waintrater, editor-in-chief, L'Arche spoke at the St. Paul JCC about the systematic use of the words "Zionism" and "Zionist" where the words "Israel" and "Israelis" would be expected by various individuals who are hostile to Israel. Waintrater contrasted the use of the word "Zionist" in France, Great Britain and the United States, suggesting that while criticism of Israel should not be reduced to Jew-hatred, the "anti-Zionist" argument is often used to legitimize genuine anti-Semitism.

    To read the transcript of that lecture please click on the PDF file below.

    Uses and Misuses of the ZWord in Current Political Discourse.pdf

    Meïr Waintrater was born in 1947 in Paris, and lived and worked as an economist and journalist at various institutions in Israel between 1973 and 1988. As editor-in-chief of L'Arche, he is a major commentator on questions of Jewish importance in Europe and France.

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  • Alternative Narratives or Denial?

    Godard's Wars
    Philip Watts, Associate Professor of French, Department Chair, Columbia University

    Thoughts on Giorgio Agamben's Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive
    Jeffrey Mehlman, Professor of French, Department of Romance Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University

    Wednesday, April 13
    4:00 p.m.
    Humphrey Forum, Humphrey Center

    Godard's Wars

    jean-luc-godard.jpg There has been much controversy about French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's relation to the Jews and the Holocaust. Godard was recently accused of anti-Semitism. Philip Watts will return to this recent affair by focusing on Godard's filmic representation of WWII, the Middle East conflict and the Holocaust.
    How has the Holocaust figured in Godard's films since his earliest days as a filmmaker of the New Wave? What role has the memory of the Holocaust played in Godard's radical politics? What is the relation between the representation of the Holocaust in his films and his anti-Zionism? Do Godard's films somehow distort the memory of the Holocaust? Watts will tackle these questions by revisiting three Godard's films: "A Married Woman" (1964), "Ici et ailleurs" (1975) and "In Praise of Love "(2001) to examine Godard's problematic construction of the memory of the Second World War and of the Holocaust in particular.

    Philip Watts, Associate Professor of French, Department Chair, Columbia University, received his BA at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1982 and his PhD from Columbia University in 1991. His research and teaching focuses on 20th-century French literature and film and the relation between politics and aesthetics.

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  • "Hate in the Past Tense: Understanding the Origins of Armenian Genocide Denial as a Problem of Contemporary Reconciliation"

    Keith David Watenpaugh
    Thursday, April 14
    4:00 p.m.
    Room 710 Social Science Building

    watenpaughtie.jpg Dr. Watenpaugh will explore how aspects of Armenian Genocide denial first emerged around a discrete historical moment, in particular international humanitarian relief efforts on behalf of Armenian Genocide survivors in the early interwar period. Thinking about denial in this fashion creates a space in which to reflect critically about how history as both a discipline and practice operates in the spheres of power and public opinion, especially across political and cultural divides.

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  • "You, Zionist!" Uses and Misuses of the Z-Word in Current Political Discourse

    Thumbnail image for antisemitism2.jpgMeïr Waintrater, Editor-in-Chief, L'Arche
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    7:00 p.m.
    St. Paul JCC
    1375 St. Paul Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55116

    For several years, within circles hostile to Israel, there has been a systematic use of the words "Zionism" and "Zionist" where the words "Israel" and "Israelis" would be expected. Meïr Waintrater, French journalist and editor-in-chief of the Jewish magazine L'Arche, will contrast the use of the word "Zionist" in France, Great Britain and the United States. Waintrater will suggest that while criticism of Israel should not be reduced to Jew-hatred, the "anti-Zionist" argument is often used to legitimize genuine anti-Semitism.

    Meïr Waintrater was born in 1947 in Paris, and lived and worked as an economist and journalist at various institutions in Israel between 1973 and 1988. As editor-in-chief of L'Arche, he is a major commentator on questions of Jewish importance in Europe and France. France is home to one of the largest Jewish communities, while at the same time being home to one of the largest Muslim populations in Western Europe. Waintrater's perspective is crucial to understanding the tensions between the two communities, as well as the recent increase in French Jewish immigration to Israel which can be seen as a consequence of a new trend in anti-Semitism.

    Co-sponsors: Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), St. Paul JCC,
    University of Minnesota: Center for Jewish Studies, School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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  • Testimony: Genocide and Transmission

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    Régine Waintrater
    Psychoanalyst, Family Therapist, Associate Professor at Université Paris 7-Diderot
    Monday, March 28, 2010
    5:00p.m.
    Humphrey Forum, Humphrey Center
    301 19th Ave. S.

    The human catastrophes that marked the 20th century have made survivor testimony an unprecedented issue. For genocide survivors and their descendants, testimony is a means to inscribe a history within a genealogy that has been broken by the violent acts of genocide. As an oral or written account, testimony engages, provokes and challenges disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. How does the process of witnessing develop? What are the expectations that it provokes--and what are its risks? How can bearing witness restore the victims' identity, rather than re-traumatizing them?

    Régine Waintrater's practice as a therapist is critical of the ideology of testimony as catharsis. Waintrater has been involved in the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University Library, and in the USC Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, two important projects of testimony collection. Her experience with these projects will be the point of departure for addressing issues surrounding testimony.

    Régine Waintrater is the author of Sortir du genocide (Out of Genocide: Testifying to Learn to Live Again).

    Co-sponsors: The Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School, History Department, Human Rights Program, CHAIM (Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota)

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  • Calling for Nominations for Inna Meiman Human Rights Award!

    The Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
    are pleased to announce

    The Inna Meiman Human Rights Award
    Recognizing students at the University of Minnesota who have made significant personal contributions in the promotion and protection of human rights

    Thumbnail image for bookcover.jpgThis award will be given in recognition of the friendship between Inna Meiman, a Soviet era Jewish refusnik who was repeatedly denied a visa to seek medical treatment, and Lisa Paul, a graduate of the University of Minnesota who fought tirelessly on her behalf, including a 25-day hunger strike that galvanized a movement for Inna's freedom. The friendship between Lisa Paul and Inna Meiman is memorialized in the book, Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope.The award is intended to recognize a University of Minnesota student who embodies a commitment to human rights. The Awardee will receive a $1000 scholarship.

    Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 4, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

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  • A Film Unfinished

    Thumbnail image for AFU_Poster.jpegThursday, March 3, 2011
    7:00pm
    St. Anthony Main Theater 115 Main St SE
    Minneapolis
    Tickets:
    $6.00 student/senior
    $8.50 general admission

    Post-show discussion moderated by Bruno Chaouat, Director CHGS

    In 1942, the Nazi propaganda machine was hard at work. 70 years later, the deceit is finally unmasked.

    At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel, inclusive of multiple takes and cameraman staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage.

    "A Fim Unfinished" is one of the most uncanny documentary movies about Nazi nihilism, said Bruno Chaouat, director for the center. "It confronts the viewer with the abyss of cynicism into which totalitarianism had immersed Europe. One of the most critical reflection on the visual archive, "A Film Unfinished" is as close as it gets to visual thought."

    A Film Unfinished, presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.

    Sponsored by: The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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  • CHGS "Alternative Narratives or Denial?" Reading Discussion Group

    In conjunction with the spring lecture "Alternative Narratives or Denial," taking place on campus April 13 and 14, CHGS will facilitate a reading discussion group focusing on seminal works on the topic of Holocaust and genocide denial.

    On February 15th, 2011, we will discuss Empathy to Denial: Arab Responses to the Holocaust by Esther Webman and Meir Litvak.

    Feel free to join us even if you were unable to attend the first meeting of the group.

    Reservations required: Please email chgs@umn.edu or phone 612-624-0256.

    For more on the discussion visit the CHGS Reading Discussion Group blog.

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  • NUREMBERG: Its Lesson for Today

    Saturday, February 5
    7:00 p.m. at the Lagoon Cinema
    1320 Lagoon Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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    NUREMBERG: Its Lesson for Today (The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration) features one of the greatest courtroom dramas in history. NUREMBERG shows how the international prosecutors built their case against the top Nazi war criminals using the Nazis' own films and records.

    Following the documentary screening, a panel discussion will take place featuring Sandra Schulberg, Restoration Producer of the Documentary; Steve Hunegs, JCRC Executive Director; and Bruno Chaouat, Director of the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota.

    The Nuremberg trial established the "Nuremberg principles" -- the foundation for all subsequent trials for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Though shown in Germany as part of the Allies' de-Nazification campaign, U.S. officials decided not to release NUREMBERG in America for political reasons, nor was it shown in any other country.

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  • Letter of Support in Response to "Unreliable Websites" from the Middle East Studies Association (MESA)

    On November 30, 2010 The Turkish Coalition of America filed a lawsuit against the U of M, its President, and the director of CHGS Bruno Chaouat. The University of Minnesota filed a dismissal of the suit on December 17, 2010 and a hearing is scheduled for February 4, 2011. Below is a letter of support received from the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) in support of CHGS and the University.

    The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is a private, non-profit, non-political learned society that brings together scholars, educators and those interested in the study of the region from all over the world. From its inception in 1966 with 50 founding members, MESA has increased its membership to more than 3,000 and now serves as an umbrella organization for more than sixty institutional members and thirty-nine affiliated organizations.

    The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) fosters the study of the Middle East, promotes high standards of scholarship and teaching, and encourages public understanding of the region and its peoples through programs, publications and services that enhance education, further intellectual exchange, recognize professional distinction, and defend academic freedom.

    January 18, 2011

    G. Lincoln McCurdy
    President, Turkish Coalition of America
    1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 1000
    Washington, DC 20036

    Dear Mr. McCurdy:

    I write to you on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) and its Committee on Academic Freedom to express our grave concern about your decision to file a lawsuit in November 2010 against the University of Minnesota and its Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. According to press reports, your lawsuit was prompted by the Center's listing of your organization's website as an "unreliable" source with respect to the history of Armenians in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.

    MESA was founded in 1966 to promote scholarship and teaching on the Middle East and North Africa. The preeminent organization in the field, the Association publishes the International Journal of Middle East Studies and has nearly 3000 members worldwide. MESA is committed to ensuring academic freedom and freedom of expression, both within the region and in connection with the study of the region in North America and elsewhere.

    Until recently, as part of its educational mission, the website of the University of Minnesota's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies apparently included a section listing websites and web-based resources that scholars associated with the Center deemed to be "unreliable." Presumably, those scholars felt that assertions made on these websites and in these resources were not in keeping with accepted scholarly standards or the consensus among scholars and should therefore be treated with skepticism.

    We believe that the principles of academic freedom protect the right of the Center, and of scholars associated with it, to share their assessment of various perspectives with the public in this way. In any event, that section of the website was removed several days before your organization filed suit.

    Your organization, and those who hold perspectives different from those expressed by scholars associated with the Center, certainly have the right to participate in open scholarly exchange on the history of the Armenians in the late Ottoman Empire or any other issue, by presenting their views at academic conferences, in the pages of peer-reviewed scholarly journals or by other means, thereby opening them up to debate and challenge. We are distressed that you instead chose to take legal action against the University of Minnesota and its Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, apparently for having at one point characterized views expressed on your website in a certain way.

    We fear that legal action of this kind may have a chilling effect on the ability of scholars and academic institutions to carry out their work freely and to have their work assessed on its merits, in conformity with standards and procedures long established in the world of scholarship. Your lawsuit may thus serve to stifle the free expression of ideas among scholars and academic institutions regarding the history of Armenians in the later Ottoman Empire, and thereby undermine the principles of academic freedom.

    We do not believe that disagreements about historical issues should be addressed by lawsuits. We therefore call on you to reconsider and withdraw the legal action you have initiated against the University of Minnesota and its Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and we urge you to instead devote your organization's energies to fostering scholarly debate and exchange on this as on all other issues, in a manner that conforms to the standards and procedures adhered to by scholars and academic institutions and that respects their academic freedom.

    Sincerely,

    Suad Joseph
    MESA President
    Professor of Anthropology & Women's Studies, University of California, Davis

    cc: Bruno Chaouat, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota

    Original letter in (PDF)
    Bruno Chaouat Response to "Unreliable Websites" November 30, 2010
    For news and links about the lawsuit

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  • Palin's 'Blood Libel' Video Fans Flames

    CHGS director Bruno Chaouat interviewed on Palin's use of the term "blood libel" on
    Fox 9 News.
    Updated: Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011, 9:46 PM CST
    Published : Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011, 9:45 PM CST
    by Maury Glover / FOX 9 News

    MINNEAPOLIS - Since the Tucson shooting, pundits and politicians have been pointing fingers at everything from lax guns laws to political rhetoric . But the national war of words escalated Wednesday when Sarah Palin entered the fray with the term "blood libel."

    The term blood libel isn't common in the United States - it was used mostly in Eastern Europe as a way of blaming Jews for the death of Jesus Christ. And Sarah Palin calling herself the victim of blood libel has upset some Jewish leaders.

    In a nearly 8-minute video on her Facebook page, Palin said she is being persecuted by political commentators and the media in the wake of the Tucson shooting .
    "Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that severs only to incite the very violence it claims to condemn," Palin said.

    Bruno Chouat, director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota, says the term blood libel refers to the false belief that Jews use the blood of Christian children for religious rituals, and has been used as an excuse for anti-Semitism since the Middle Ages.

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  • "Alternative Narratives or Denial?"

    The 'Jew' of cinema

    Haaretz
    December 17, 2010
    By Ariel Schweitzer

    The recent announcement that filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's is to receive an honorary Oscar has ignited the controversy over his allegedly anti-Semitic and anti-American views, and his unwillingness to see the Jews in any position but that of the victim.

    Professor Philip Watts from Columbia University will speak in April about Godard, WWII, the Jews and the Holocaust at CHGS's lecture series, "Alternative Narratives or Denial?" Professor Watts will examine portions of Godard's work and discuss how his history may have shaped and informed his cinematographic choices which have led to the anti-Semitic charges. More information about the lecture series coming in January.

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  • Response to "Unreliable Websites"

    This statement is in response to articles published in the Pioneer Press on 11-19-2010 and in the Minnesota Daily on 11-23-10 regarding the removal of "unreliable websites" from the website of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) at the University of Minnesota.

    I assumed directorship of CHGS in July 2010. Since then, I have focused on promoting the Center's mission of research, education and outreach. I have been speaking with the community and with colleagues on campus to communicate the new initiatives and intellectual orientation of the Center.

    My staff and I have invested much effort in trying to update the Center's website. Part of this updating process bears on the educational section, and its listing of websites that CHGS perceives as unreliable sources of information for students and researchers. I decided to remove the section providing links to "unreliable websites." My rationale was quite simple: never promote, even negatively, sources of illegitimate information.

    During almost twenty years working in higher education, I have never put a dubious source on a syllabus for my students, not even for the purpose of delegitimizing the source. The decision to remove the links to "unreliable websites" was made before the Turkish Coalition of America began its efforts to intimidate CHGS into removing the links. The links were replaced with legitimate information devoted to the history, ideology and psychology of Holocaust and genocide denial.

    On behalf of the CHGS, I want to reiterate that in accordance with the vast majority of serious and rigorous historians, the CHGS considers the massacre of the Armenians during World War I as a case of genocide. To insinuate, as the articles published in the newspapers mentioned above, that the mission of CHGS is somehow influenced and biased by donors' money is incorrect.

    Genocide and Holocaust denial is an important issue for CHGS. When I took over the direction of the Center, I put together a lecture series on this very question. This series will begin in 2011 and will continue in the academic year of 2011-12. I invite all persons interested in the issue of genocide and Holocaust denial to attend the lectures and participate in our discussions.

    Bruno Chaouat
    Director

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  • Following the Story

    Does Academic Freedom Protect Holocaust Deniers?

    Replies from Cary Nelson and Naomi Schaefer Riley
    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Please see the full article at The Chronicle for Higher Education for the complete article and other comments.

    Cary Nelson Replies

    It is not actually tenure that may shield Kaukab Siddique from sanctions for his public statements about the Holocaust; it is academic freedom, a value that survives only if it protects remarks we despise as well as those we endorse. If Siddique were to be punished, he would no doubt immediately claim that his academic freedom had been violated. That would trigger due process and a hearing before a committee of his peers, whether he was a tenured faculty member, a first-year assistant professor, or an adjunct faculty member teaching a single course.

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  • Does Academic Freedom Protect Holocaust Deniers?

    This continues the coverage over the debate of Holocaust Denial in an academic setting in the case of Kaukab Siddique, who teaches literature and mass communications at Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania.

    Reprinted from the The Chronicle of Higher Education

    November 7, 2010
    Does Academic Freedom Protect Holocaust Deniers?
    Two views on the question

    Michael Morgenstern for The Chronicle
    Response by Cary Nelson
    Response by Naomi Schaefer Riley

    It Depends on the Context
    By Cary Nelson

    Imagine the following classroom conversations:

    Student in a world-literature class: "I'd like to write my final paper on Holocaust poetry. I'm trying to decide whether Yevgeny Yevtushenko's 'Babi Yar,' Paul Celan's 'Todesfuge,' or Jorie Graham's 'Annunciation With a Bullet in It' is the best poem."

    Faculty member's answer: "You cannot take up that question unless you recognize that the poems are all flawed fantasies. None are based on fact. The Holocaust never happened."

    Student in a political-science or philosophy class: "Which man-made disaster is worse: Bhopal or the Holocaust?"

    Faculty member's answer: "There's no excuse for Bhopal. It didn't have to happen. But the Holocaust didn't actually happen at all. Give me a better comparison."

    I could generate numerous similar scenarios. A student in a medieval-history course, for example, might contrast a natural catastrophe, the Black Death, with the Holocaust. A student in an art-history class might write about Holocaust painting or sculpture; a student in a music-history course study the role of music in the concentration camps; a student in an ethics class consider the burden the Holocaust has placed on future generations. Nothing in those syllabi might suggest beforehand that the Holocaust will arise, but it can--and does.

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  • Holocaust-era mass grave discovered

    Find out how this is possible- Come to the final screening of Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades. Sunday, November 7, 6:30 p.m. St. Anthony Main Theater. For ticket info Minnesota Film Arts.

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    A Holocaust-era mass grave containing the bodies of an estimated 100 Jews killed by Romanian troops has been discovered in a forest, researchers have said, offering further evidence of the country's involvement in wartime crimes.

    The discovery, in a forest near the Romanian town of Popricani, contained the bodies of men, women and children who were shot dead in 1941, the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania said in a statement on Friday.

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  • Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades to be shown in its Entirety

    Sunday, November 7- Michael Prazan's documentary, Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades will be shown in its entirety with a brief intermission. After the screening please join us for a question and answer session with the filmmaker and gain further insights into the making of this important film.

    St. Anthony Main Theater
    115 Main St SE
    Minneapolis
    Tickets: $6.00 students /senior $8.50 general admission

    To purchase advanced tickets please visit the Minnesota Film Arts site.

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  • What Turns "Ordinary" Citizens into Mass Murderers?

    This question is often asked when studying the Holocaust and other genocides. This week French filmmaker Michael Prazan will touch on this question with his groundbreaking documentary Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades, being shown exclusively in the Twin Cities on Thursday, November 4 and Sunday November 7 at the St. Anthony Main Theater. Prazan and the film are being sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) with Minnesota Film Arts.
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    "Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades is an essential film for those eager to understand the mechanics of evil and prevent its recurrence," said, Bruno Chaouat, director for CHGS.

    "I think we all have a concept of what we individually believe evil to look like, but as we have found it isn't quite as clear cut as it would seem. Hannah Arendt in her controversial report Eichmann in Jerusalem identified the men who perpetrated the crimes representing what she called the banality of evil. Christopher Browning, in his landmark work Ordinary Men took Arendt's argument one step further focusing on the many so called "normal" Germans who turned into mass murders. Prazan's film, blending Claude Lanzmann's (the director of the acclaimed Holocaust documentary Shoah) method of interviewing witnesses, survivors and perpetrators with archive footage, adds his own, original voice to this descent into the night of human soul."

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  • Jean-Luc Godard, anti-Semite?

    Bruno Chaouat, director

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    It was recently announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that Jean-Luc Godard, the Swiss-French filmmaker, will receive an honorary Oscar at this year's ceremony (see article from Jewish Journal posted by CHGS on October 16th, 2010). With this announcement came articles, blog posts and op-eds referring to the filmmaker's real or alleged anti-Semitism.

    It is important for the world of scholarship to connect with current events, and we post these articles in order to examine these events with a sense of nuance and depth that the complexity of culture and history requires. While journalism often makes the complexity of the world accessible at the cost of simplifying it, the mission of an academic center such as ours is to approach this complexity with rigor, scientific and intellectual integrity and without sensationalizing.

    It is particularly timely that Professor Philip Watts from Columbia University will speak in April about Godard, WWII, the Jews and the Holocaust at CHGS's lecture series, "Alternative Narratives or Denial?" Professor Watts will examine portions of Godard's work and discuss how his history may have shaped and informed his cinematographic choices which have led to the anti-Semitic charges.

    We look forward to this exchange, and will continue to look at current events and provide a platform to lead us into deeper inquiry beyond the headlines.

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  • The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota presents the groundbreaking documentary Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades

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    Thursday, November 4 at 7:00p.m.
    Sunday, November 7 at 6:30p.m.

    Followed by a question and answer session with filmmaker Michael Prazan
    Moderated by Rembert Hueser
    Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch Studies
    and Moving Image Studies

    St. Anthony Main Theater
    115 Main St SE
    Minneapolis
    Tickets: $6.00 students /senior $8.50 general admission

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  • CHGS to hold Open House October 26

    The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies invites you to an Open House
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 4:00pm-7:00pm Room 760 Social Science Building, 267 19th Ave. S. University of Minnesota.

    Join us for a tour of our new offices and resource library, learn about upcoming programs, and meet new director Bruno Chaouat and the CHGS staff.

    Wine and light refreshments will be served. We look forward to meeting you.

    To RSVP or for more information please contact us at 612-624-0256 or e-mail chgs@umn.edu

    Parking is available in the 19th Ave. Ramp (300 19th Ave. S.) and the 21st Ave. Ramp (400 21st Ave. S.)

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  • U of M's College of Liberal Arts Names Bruno Chaouat Director of Holocaust and Genocide Center

    French professor envisions increased programming around cultural, historical and philosophical issues regarding the Holocaust and genocide

    chaouatBruno.jpgThe University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts has named Bruno Chaouat as the new director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Chaouat (ôshow-AHTö), an associate professor in French, has been at the University of Minnesota since 2002. His academic research addresses, among other topics, post-Holocaust art and literature. He has written essays in French and in English on the current debates about the representation of the Holocaust in visual arts. His work also examines the ideological, political and philosophical challenges faced by Jews in France. He focuses on the polemics of the new anti-Semitism in relation to the current Middle East conflict.

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  • Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Names Jodi Elowitz as Outreach Coordinator

    jodi_elowitz.jpgCenter for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has named Jodi Elowitz as their new outreach coordinator. Ms. Elowitz has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Holocaust and diversity education in Minnesota and Tennessee. Elowitz began her career at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in 1997 as an intern and graduate student under the tutelage of former director Dr. Stephen Feinstein.

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  • "It's a Woman's World" airs

    Dr. Ellen Kennedy and Sabina Zimering, Holocaust survivor, appear in the episode "It's a Woman's World". The episode is scheduled to air on February 8th at 9:30 am and 4:30 pm on Metro Cable Network, Channel 6. It will also air on SPNN Channel 15 on February 5th and 12th at 6:30 pm.

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  • The Ritchie Boys

    Thank you for all that attended our Ritchie Boys event on November 12th at the MN History Center.

    To listen to the MPR interview with Dr. Guy Stern and Walter Schwarz click here.

    The Film "The Ritchie Boys" can be purchased here from Amazon.com or here from Barnes and Noble.

    Dr. Guy Stern referenced additional information that we would be posting to our website. This information can be found here.

    You can see photos from the Nov. 12th event and Dr. Stern's visit here.

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  • Dr. Ellen Kennedy received the "Outstanding Citizen" award from the Anne Frank foundation

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbCuDvDYoqo

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  • CHGS in the News

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  • Visual History Archive Subscription

    The University of Minnesota Libraries have become subscribers to the Visual History Archive developed by the USC Shoah Foundation institute for Visual History and Education.

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