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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.    

Fall 2020 Public Programs

All times noted according to Central Time Zone

Tuesday, October 6Book Talk. "Spaniards in Mauthausen: Representations of a Nazi Concentration Camp." Sara J. Brenneis, Professor of Spanish, Amherst College. 12:00pm, via Web ( by the University of Minnesota's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, and Department of Spanish and Portuguese; cosponsored by the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity (Western Washington University), the Center for Inter-American Studies of the University of Graz (Austria), and the Centro Sefarad-Israel (Madrid).

Sunday, October 11Talk and Walking Tour. Bdote Dakota Site at Fort Snelling State Park. lyekiyapiwiƞ Darlene St. Clair, St. Cloud State University. 1:30pm, Fort Snelling State Park, Registration requiredPresented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Monday, October 12.  **Indigenous Peoples Day** Panel Discussion. "Decolonizing Columbus: transatlantic perspectives on statues and anniversaries."  Gabriela Spears-Rico, Chicanx Latinx Studies, American Indian Studies Studies (UMN) will present "Dancing Away Our Indigenous Pain: Bearing Witness to Columbus’s Downfall in Imnizaskadan (Saint Paul, Mni Sota, Dakota Lands, 528 years after 'discovery')"; Laura Ruberto (Berkeley City College) and Joseph Sciorra (City University of New York) will present "Activism and Reconciliation, Italian Americans Explore Columbus"; Alejandro Baer, Sociology (UMN), will present "'Not only do we not apologize...' The Columbus Myth and Memory Politics in present-day Spain"; chaired by Katherine Gerbner, History (UMN).  6:00pm, via Web ( by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, cosponsored by the Institute for Global Studies, the Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies (RIGS) Initiative, the Department of American Indian Studies, Department of Sociology, and Department of History.

Thursday, October 15. Lunch and learn. "Dakota Language History and Revitalization." Šišóka Dúta Joe Bendickson Joe Bendickson, Teaching Specialist, American Indian Studies. 12:00pm, via Web (

Thursday, October 22Panel Discussion. "Breaking the Pact of Forgetting: The Franco Dictatorship and Historical Memory in Spain."  Moderated by Sandra Alfers, Director of The Ray Wolpow Institute (Western Washington University), with panelists Günter Schwaiger, Independent Filmmaker, and Alejandro Baer, Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (University of Minnesota).  11:00am, via Web (  Organized by the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University in partnership with the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Monday, October 26. Book Talk. "The Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba: A New Grammar of Trauma and History." Amos Goldberg, Jonah M. Machover Chair in Holocaust Studies and the Head of the Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Bashir Bashir, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Political Science, and Communication, Open University of Israel. 12:00pm, via Web (  Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies together with the Center for Jewish Studies, in conjunction with HIST3512: "History of Modern Israel / Palestine".

Wednesday, October 28. Book Talk. "Transitional Justice and Corporate Accountability from Below: Deploying Archimedes' Lever." Leigh A. Payne, University of Oxford, Gabriel Pereira, National University of Tucuman, Laura Bernal-Bermúdez, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. 12:00pm via Web ( Organized by the Oxford Transitional Justice Research, University of Oxford; cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Human Rights Program and the University of Oxford's Latin American Centre.

Monday, November 2. Workshop Presentation. "Indigenous Genocide and Reparative Justice in Minnesota and Manitoba: The Role of Education" with Professor Alejandro Baer (Sociology), CHGS Research Coordinator Joe Eggers, and UMN graduate students George Dalbo and Jillian LaBranche. 2:30pm via Web ( Presented as part of the Department of Sociology's Workshop Series.

Monday, November 9. Commemorative Lecture. "The Forgotten Mass Destruction of Jewish Homes during ‘Kristallnacht.'" Wolf Gruner, Director of the Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation. 7:00pm, via Web (  Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), and the Upper Midwest Consortium for Holocaust and Genocide Education and Research.

Wednesday, November 18. Commemorative Lecture. "In commemoration of International Holodomor Memorial Day: Teaching a Genocide the World Forgot." Valentina Kuryliw, Director of the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) in Toronto.  7:00pm, via Web (  Presented with the Ukrainian American Community Center.