Community Events and Outreach

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) collaborates with local educators and community organizations to host events about the Holocaust and other genocides. Through the Genocide Education Outreach (GEO) program, the center responds to requests for teaching topics related to Holocaust and genocide studies in local schools and community.

Bridges of Memory

We are proud to have been awarded a residency by the College of Liberal Arts Liberal Arts Engagement Hub Pilot.

CHGS Library

The CHGS library holdings include 4,000 books and over 1,000 videos. Please call to schedule your visit (612-624-9007) or email chgs@umn.eduPlease note: due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the CHGS Library is currently closed.

Center Newsletter

CHGS produces bimonthly newletters, featuring center and community events, links to new releases on our YouTube channel, book recommendations, film reviews, and original articles (including recurring features such as "Eye on Africa"). The newsletter is distributed to a readership of nearly 2,300.

See the CHGS Newsletter Archive on the UMN Digital Conservancy.
To subscribe to the newsletter, sign up here.

Center Blog

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies blog features opinion pieces, research findings, scholar interviews, as well as film and book reviews on genocide and ongoing forms of mass violence throughout the world. Our blog is also featured as a community page on The Society Pages, an open-access social science project headquartered in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.

Community Events

The center has been hosting community events since its inception in 1997. Deborah Lipstadt, Elie Wiesel, and Yehudit Shendar have brought their internationally renowned work to campus through CHGS-sponsored community events and academic exchange.

Public Art Exhibits

Major public art exhibits have been a cornerstone of our activities since the center's founding. Absence/Presence: The Artistic Memory of the Holocaust debuted in the Nash Gallery in 1999, and an outdoor exhibition COEXISTENCE was on display throughout the Twin Cities in 2004. In 2008, the center partnered with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Science Museum of Minnesota to bring the Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race exhibition to St. Paul. In 2016, the center also partnered with students in the UMN course "Curatorial Theory and Practice" to produce Displaced: The Semiotics of Identity, an exhibition at Wilson Library where over 70 works from CHGS collections were on display.   


Thanks to the work of founding director Stephen Feinstein, CHGS is the steward of a collection of artwork and objects, books, and publications, as well as a digital library of images and documents.

GEO: Genocide Education Outreach

The center works with a number of graduate students who teach and research genocide from a variety of fields of study. In 2016, we began connecting these emerging scholars with schools, community colleges, and community organizations that are seeking guest educators. For information on GEO, please email or check out our current offerings.