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Lectures, Conferences & Symposia

The center organizes lectures, conferences and symposia that feature leading scholars, practitioners, and activists, who provide critical analysis and tools to understand and effectively address the causes, impacts, and legacies of the Holocaust, genocides, and incidents of mass violence.    

Spring 2017 Calendar

Thursday, January 26, 7:00 PM 
Beth El Synagogue, 5225 Barry Street West, St. Louis Park
*International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration* 
FATHER PATRICK DESBOIS
"A Voice of Conscience"
Presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, St. Cloud State University Center for Holocaust & Genocide Education, and Beth El Synagogue Jewish Institute of Life and Learning.

Tuesday, February 2, 4:30 PM 
Humphrey Forum
EDMON MARUKYAN, Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
Principled Voices: "Fighting Corruption and Advocating for Human Rights in Armenia"
Presented by the Human Rights Program, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the College of Liberal Arts, the Institute of Global Studies, and the Arsham and Ohanessian Chair.

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

February 7, 2017, 11:45 AM
135 Nicholson Hall
MICHAEL BERKOWITZ, University College London
"American Jews, Photography, and Moviemaking During the Second World War: An Alternative Cultural History"
Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
  
Tuesday, February 7, 7:30 PM 
Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Avenue, St. Paul
MICHAEL BERKOWITZ, University College London
"Rascals, Fugitives, and Gentlemen: The Hidden History of Jews and Photojournalism"
Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the History Department.

Tuesday, February 14, 2:30 PM
Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium
ROGER GRUNWALD
"The Mitzvah Project"
A one-man performance and presentation about the "Mischlinge" - Nazi soldiers of Jewish descent
Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program.

Sunday, April 2, 2:00 PM
Fort Snelling State Park
IYEKIYAPIWIN DARLENE ST. CLAIR, St. Cloud State University
Tour of Bdote, sacred Dakota site at Ft. Snelling State Park
Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. 

Thursday, April 6, 7:00 PM 
Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union
*Symposium Keynote and 2017 Ohanessian Lecture* 
TIMOTHY SNYDER, Yale University
"The Politics of Mass Killing: Past and Present"
Presented by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Center for Austrian Studies, and the University of St. Thomas' Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, Aquinas Chair in Theology and Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, and Grants and Research Office. Made possible with support from the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.

Friday - Saturday, April 7 - 8 
*International Symposium* 
"Comparative Genocide Studies and the Holocaust: Conflict and Convergence"
Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies with the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair. Made possible by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation. 

Monday, April 10, 1:00 PM
710 Social Sciences
Book release event with:
PHILIP SPENCER, Kingston University, Antisemitism and the Left: The Return of the Jewish Question
and BRUNO CHAOUAT, UMN, Is Theory Good for the Jews?
Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies. 


Wednesday, April 19 
Sabes Jewish Community Center
*Exhibition Opening* 
"[Re]Telling: Holocaust Art" exhibit opening and reception for UMN visiting scholar YEHUDIT SHENDAR
Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Sabes Jewish Community Center. Made possible with support from the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation, and the Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment, a fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation's Foundation.

Thursday, April 20, 4:00 PM 
710 Social Sciences
SERGE AVEDIKIAN, Director
Screening of "Nous avons bu la même eau" ("We Drank the Same Water"), a film about the Armenian Genocide, and Q&A with film director Serge Avedikian
Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair. 
 

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 PM
Influx Space, Regis Center for Art
“Yad Vashem: Beyond the Museum" a virtual tour of Israel’s Holocaust memorial, and talk by YEHUDIT SHENDAR, retired Museum Deputy Director and Senior Art Curator, Yad Vashem
Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, cosponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Austrian Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, Department of Art, Department of Art History, Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch, Department of History, and Department of Sociology.  Made possible with support from the CLA Imagine Grant and the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation

Wednesday, May 3, 5:00 PM
120 Andersen Library
"Conveying the Unspeakable: Art and the History Museum," panel event featuring YEHUDIT SHENDAR, retired Deputy Director and Senior Art Curator, Yad Vashem, DANIEL SPOCK, Director, Minnesota History Center Museum, and LIN NELSON-MAYSON, Director, UMN Goldstein Museum of Design
Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, cosponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Austrian Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, Department of Art, Department of Art History, Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch, Department of History, and Department of Sociology.  Made possible with support from the CLA Imagine Grant and the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation

Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 PM
Eiger-Zaidenweber Holocaust Resource Center, Sabes JCC
"Teaching the Holocaust through Art" educator workshop
Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies. Made possible by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.