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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 2021 Public Programs

All times noted according to Central Time Zone

Wednesday, January 27Lecture and exhibit. "Wannsee Conference And Antisemitism." Matthias Hass, House of the Wansee Conference. 1:00pm, via Web (Registration required). Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch, and the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity (Western Washington University).

Thursday, January 28Workshop. "Genocide Survivor Testimonies of the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive." Badema Pitic, Research Officer, Visual History Archive. 4:00pm, via WebPresented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, cosponsored by the Mass Violence and Human Rights (MVHR) interdisciplinary graduate group, and UMN Libraries.

Saturday, January 30. Educator Workshop. "Defining and Teaching Genocide." 9:00am, via Web (Register here). Presented by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, The Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center in Cincinnati, OH, & and the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough College.

Friday, February 5.  Lecture. "Listening Contrapuntally to Witness Testimonies of Terezín." Amy Wlodarski, Professor of Music, Dickinson College. 4:00pm, via Web (Registration required)Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the School of Music, as part of the Music and Sound Studies (MSS) interdisciplinary graduate group.  

Thursday, February 18. Lecture. "Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth." Magda Teter, Professor of History and Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies, Fordham University. 4:00pm, via Web (  Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies.

Thursday, March 4. Lecture. "What is the Role of Yiddish in Holocaust Education?" Meyer Weinshel, PhD candidate, Germanic Studies. 6:00pm, via Web (Registration required). Presented by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies.

Monday, March 8. Panel Discussion. "Beyond Exile: German-Jewish Encounters in Latin America." Organized by Sheer Ganor, UMN History. 12:00pm, via Web (Registration required). Presented by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies.

Thursday & Friday, March 25-26. Conference. "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.

Tuesday, April 20. Lecture. "The Spanish-Civil-War Persistent Images: On the Migration of Two Icons of Anticlericalism." Vicente Sanchez Biosca, University of Valencia, Spain. 1:00pm, via Web (Link Forthcoming). Presented by the CLA Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop  Memory, Trauma, and Human Rights at the Crossroads of Art and Science and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese.

Tuesday, April 27. 2021 Ohanessian Lecture. "Curating a Centennial Exhibit on the Armenian Genocide in Paris:  History, Images, and the Context of the Shoah Memorial." Claire Mouradian, Professor of History, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris. 12:30pm, via Web (Link Forthcoming). Organized by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair, co-sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, Center for German and European Studies, the Human Rights Program, Department of History, Department of French and Italian, Department of Sociology, and the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts.

Friday, April 29. Panel Discussion. "Comparing and Bridging Across Genocides: Scholarly and Political Dilemmas." 12:30pm, via Web. Presented by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies and  the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair.