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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 2020 Public Programs

**Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Nazi Death Camps**

Monday, January 27 **In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day** Film screening. Who Will Write Our History [motion picture] (2018). 1:00-2:45pm, 120 Andersen Library. Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in conjunction with GER /JWST 3633: The Holocaust: Memory, Narrative, History; cosponsored by the Center for German and European Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, and the UMN Libraries' Archives and Special Collections.

Wednesday, February 12Book talk. "On Belonging: WWII and German Cultural Identity." Nora Krug, author. 5:00pm, 120 Andersen Library. Presented by the Center for German and European Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and others.  

Thursday, February 13Book talk. On Who Will Write Our History? Rediscovering a Hidden Archive From the Warsaw Ghetto. Professor Samuel D. Kassow, history, Trinity College, and author. 11:30am, 710 Social SciencesPresented with the Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Violence (HGMV) Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group, made possible by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Tuesday, February 18Lecture. "Practical Musicology: Audio Guides, Sound Ethics, and Holocaust Memory." Kathryn Huether, PhD Candidate, musicology. 11:30am, 710 Social SciencesPresented with the Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Violence (HGMV) Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group.

Thursday, February 27Lecture. "'Not a Suicide Pact': Rethinking Antisemitism and Liberalism in Postwar Jewish America." Professor James Loeffler, Jewish history, University of Virginia. 12:00pm, 135 Nicholson HallPresented by the Center for Jewish Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Tuesday, March 3Lecture. "Survivors: Psychological Trauma and Memory Politics in Hiroshima and Auschwitz." Professor Ran Zwigenberg, Asian studies and Jewish studies, Pennsylvania State University. 4:30pm reception, 5:00pm lecture, 1210 Heller HallPresented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, cosponsored by the Institute for Global Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of History; made possible with support from the Wexler Fund for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Wednesday, March 4Lecture. "Entangled Memories: Hiroshima, Jerusalem, and the Emergence of Global Memory Culture." Professor Ran Zwigenberg, Asian studies and Jewish studies, Pennsylvania State University. 1:25pm, 330 Anderson HallPresented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in conjunction with HIST 1362: Global History of World War II, cosponsored by the Institute for Global Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of History; made possible with support from the Wexler Fund for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Monday, March 16. Lecture. "Education on Indigenous Dispossession and Reparative Justice in Minnesota and Manitoba." Professor Alejandro Baer, sociology, and CHGS director.  2:30pm, 1114 / 1183 Social SciencesPresented by the Department of Sociology as part of the Sociology Workshop Series, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Thursday, March 26Lecture. "Confronting Germany’s Past: Memorializing Jewish Victims in Popular Music." Professor Leo Treitler, musicology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York. 4:30pm reception, 5pm lecture, Location TBDPresented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for German and European Studies, and Center for Jewish Studies; made possible with support from the Wexler Fund for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Thursday-Saturday, April 9-11Conference. "Threats to Democracy in Times of Populism and Racial Nationalism" with panels sponsored by CHGS on responses to far-right extremism in Minnesota and right-wing politics in Europe. Organized by the University of Minnesota in partnership with Howard University, Spelman College and Morehouse College.

Thursday, April 16Symposium. "Bridges of Memory: Twin Cities communities sharing histories of mass violence, communal memory, and resilience." Afternoon (TBD), 125 Nolte HallPresented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as part of the CLA Liberal Arts Engagement Hub Pilot program, in partnership with community groups.

Thursday, April 23. 2020 Ohanessian Lecture. TITLE TBD. Professor Claire Mouradian, history, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). 7:00pm, Thomas H. Swain Room, McNamara Alumni CenterPresented by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and others.

Friday, April 24Symposium. "Victim, Symbol, or Actor? Middle Eastern Migrants in Transnational Perspectives." Organized by Miray Philips, PhD Candidate in Sociology; cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Immigration History Research Center, Human Rights Program, Department of History, and Department of Religious Studies.