Past HGMV Series

2018

  • September 13
    • Welcome and Planning Session with pizza, funding and professional development opportunities
  • September 20: Rowan Pope, artist
    • Exhibit tour at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, whose works relating to the Holocaust is currently on view, discussion to follow
  • October 4: Moritz W. Meutzner, German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch
    • “Literary Criticism between Jewish Exile and Postcolonial History: How to read Erich Auerbach's Mimesis (Istanbul, 1942-45)?”
  • October 11: Hasan Hasanović, survivor of the Srebrenica genocide and Curator at the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Centre
    • Presented by the Institute for Global Studies
  • October 18: Héctor Nicolás Ramos Flores, Spanish and Portuguese; J. Wren Supak, Master in Human Rights
    • “The Nexus of Black Memory: The Multilayered and Historical Traumas in Afro-Caribbean Diasporic Subjects” and “From Advocacy to Reconciliation: Theatre in Post-conflict Colombia”
  • October 29: Esther Htu San, AP correspondent, & Karin Deutsch Karlekar, PEN America’s Free Expression at Risk Programs
    • Scallen Lecture, “Principled Voices” on the role of a free press in Myanmar
    • Presented by the Human Rights Program
  • November 1-2
    • "Reparations, Repatriation, and Redress" Symposium on addressing foundational wrongs in the US
    • Presented by the RIGS Initiative
  • November 8: Dan Reynolds, author and professor, German, Grinnell College
    • Postcards from Auschwitz: Tourism and Holocaust Remembrance book talk and lunch with graduate students, followed by talk and reception in the evening
    • Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
  • November 15: Kathryn Huether, Musicology; Chris Levesque, Sociology
    • “Did you Notice the Butterflies?: Behind the Headphones, Muted Memorializing and Curated Soundscapes at Treblinka” and “Monuments of Shame: Exploring Far-right Political Discourse in Charlottesville and Berlin”
  • December 6: Maria Mendez Gutierrez, Political Science; George Dalbo, Social Studies Education
    • "'We are Perceived as Weak but We Kill like Men’: Reframing the intersections between women and gang violence in Central America” and “‘Why Don’t We Talk About Rape?’: Teaching About Sexualized Violence in War and Genocide”

2017-2018

  • September 14
    • Welcome Gathering with pizza and funding opportunities
  • September 28: Maria Jesus Fernandez, Department of Modern Philology, UMN Visiting Scholar, University of Alcala (Spain)
  • “The Echoes of The Secret Annex in Castilian Spanish: Challenge and Exploitation of the American Mythification of Anne Frank”
  • October 5: Haley Konitshek, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; Suzy McElrath, Department of Sociology
    • “Fue el estado genocida, classista, y patriarcal: Making Sense of State Violence in Post-War Guatemala” and “Tracing National Patterns in the Globalization of Genocide Law”
  • October 26: Jodi Elowitz, Director of Education, Holocaust & Humanity Center (Ohio)
    • Genocide Education Training Session: Teaching about right-wing extremism
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 1- 3
    • “Truth, Trials, and Memory: Transitional Justice in El Salvador and Guatemala” international symposium
    • Organized by Human Rights Program
  • November 16: Nir Rotem, Department of Sociology
    • “Carved in Stone: Forging Memory into Space One Stolpersteine at a Time"
  • December 7: Brooke Chambers and Miray Philips, Department of Sociology
    • “Difficult Fieldwork”
  • February 1: George Dalbo, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Brooke Chambers, Department of Sociology
    • "The Holocaust as Metaphor:Trends in Genocide and Anti-Bullying Education in K-12 Classrooms" and "Generations & Memory in Contemporary Rwanda"
  • February 8: Collin Diver, Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Emma Jasnoch, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    • "Feixisme! Critical Discourse Analysis of 'Fascism' by Left-Wing Nationalist Parties of Catalonia" and "Memory & Transitional Justice in Post-Armed Conflict in Peruvian Cinema"
  • February 22: Carlo Tognato, National University of Colombia
    • Narrating the ‘Righteous in the Colombian Armed Conflict’: A civil pedagogy of solidarity for highly polarized and deeply divided societies
  • March 1: Agnes Schaffauser, Department of French and Italian; Emily Mitamura, Department of Political Science
    • "Filmmaker René Vautier, ‘soixante-huitard avant l’heure’:A study of the First Anti-Colonialist Documentary, Afrique 50" and "Haunting the Dead: Thanatourism and the Coloniality of Memorialization in Cambodia"
  • April 5: Yagmur Karakaya, Department of Sociology; Jazmine Contreras, Department of History
    • "The Conquest of Hearts: Neo-Ottomanist Nostalgia and Affect in 'Nationalism as Practice'" and "'We were all in the resistance': The Politics of Dutch WWII Memorial Culture"
  • April 19: Paula Cueller, Department of History; Meyer Weinshel, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch
    • "Press Representations and the Search for the Disappeared in Mexico" and "Decentering Kafka’s Trial: A Case for Postwar Yiddish Translation"
  • May 1: Martha Stroud, USC Shoah Foundation
    • The USC Visual History Archive of Genocide Survivor Testimonies: A Tool for Research, Teaching and Genocide Awareness Outreach

2016-2017

  • Thursday, September 15
    • Welcome and Planning Session
  • Wednesday-Friday, September 21-23*
    • “Local Action in Response to Migration” third annual international conference
    • Organized by the Human Rights Program, the Local Action in Response to Migration Network, and Hispanic Issues Online.
  • Thursday, October 6: Yagmur Karakaya, Department of Sociology (UMN)
    • “Nostalgia as an Analytical Tool Applied to Turkey”
  • Thursday, October 13: Nico Ramos Flores, Department of Spanish & Portuguese (UMN)
    • “Memory and Trauma in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones (1998): The Limits of Memory Theory on African Diasporic Subjects”
  • Thursday, October 20: Professor Catherine Guisan, Department of Political Science (UMN)
    • “Beyond Traumatic Memory: ‘Lost Treasures’ of Russian Politics”
  • Wednesday, October 26: Professor Carlos Pabon, University of Puerto Rico
    • “Can the Story Be Told? History, Memory and Fiction in the Representation of Extreme Violence in Latin America”
    • Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, cosponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of History.
  • Thursday, November 10: Wahutu Siguru, Department of Sociology (UMN)
    • "Constructing News on Mass Atrocity: Darfur in Africa's Press"
  • Tuesday, November 22: Miray Phillips, Department of Sociology (UMN)
    • “Coptic Egyptians: Violence, Collective Memory and Identity”
  • Thursday, December 8: Courtney Gildersleeve, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (UMN)
    • "The Peasant Novel and the Imprisoned Writer: Haitian Letters During the U.S. Occupation, 1915-1934"
  • Thursday, January 26
    • Welcome Gathering and International Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Thursday, February 2: Edmon Marukyan, Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
    • Principled Voices: "Fighting Corruption and Advocating for Human Rights in Armenia"
    • Organized by the Human Rights Program, cosponsored by CHGS, the College of Liberal Arts, the Institute of Global Studies, and the Arsham and Ohanessian Chair.
  • Thursday, February 16: Erma Nezirevic, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    • "The Cost of Hospitality in Lunes en la Calle Slova by Erika Bornay"
  • Wednesday, March 1: Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey
    • "Refugees at our Border"
    • Organized by the Human Rights Program, cosponsored by CHGS, the College of Liberal Arts, the Institute of Global Studies, and the Arsham and Ohanessian Chair.
  • Thursday, March 2: Agnes Schaffauser, Department of French and Italian
    • "The Role of Righteous Muslims in France or The Free Men by Ismaël Ferroukhi"
  • Thursday, March 30: Brooke Chambers, Department of Sociology; Emily Mitamura, Department of Political Science, Brooke Chambers, Department of Sociology, and Brienna Watters, Department of Sociology
    • "Commemoration and Cultural Trauma: Reconciliatory Narratives in Contemporary Rwanda" and "'Final Solution' to 'Never Again': Experiencing Empathy through Digital and Non-Digital Games"
  • Thursday, April 20: Serge Avedikian, film 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
    • Organized by CHGS and the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair.
  • Thursday, May 4: Michael Soto, Department of Sociology
    • "The Reintegration of Ex-Combatants"
 

2015-2016

  • Wednesday, September 9
    • Welcome and Workshop Planning Meeting
  • Thursday, September 24: Walter Manoschek, University of Vienna
    • “If that's True, then I'm a Murderer!” (2012) Film screening and discussion with film director on Nazi perpetrator guilt, repression and denial
  • Wednesday, September 30: Joe Eggers, Liberal Studies (UMN)
    • “What's in a name? Exploring How We Define Genocide from Lemkin to International Law”
  • Wednesday, October 7: Deepika Udagama, University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka) on Human Rights Law
  • Wednesday, October 14: Daniel Blaufuks, artist
    • The Creation of Holocaust Memory in Media
  • Wednesday, October 21: Lou Ureneck, Boston University
    • “The Great Fire at Smyrna and the genocide of the Ottoman Greek and Armenian population”
  • Wednesday, October 28: Sam Grey, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Sociology (UMN)
    • “Memory, Affect, and Retributivism after Genocide: Resistance to Forgiveness-Reconciliation in Dakota Homeland”
  • Wednesday, November 4: Wahutu Siguru, Sociology (UMN)
    • “What African Media? Rethinking research on representations of atrocities in Africa by Africa's Press”
  • Wednesday, November 18: Adam Muller, University of Manitoba
    • “Embodying Empathy: Canadian Settler-Colonial Genocide and the Making of a Virtual Indian Residential School”
  • Wednesday, December 2: Ofelia Ferrán, Spanish and Portuguese, and Lisa Hilbink, Political Science (UMN)
    • “Legacies of Violence in Contemporary Spain: Exhuming the Past, Understanding the Present”
  • Wednesday, December 9: Maria Hofmann, German, Scandinavian & Dutch (UMN)
    • "Recent Genocide Documentaries between Return and Respite of Trauma" 
  • Thursday, January 28:
    • Welcome and semester planning; Meet the Archivists and visit the library archives
  • Thursday, February 11: Rita Kompelmakher, Department of Theater Arts and Dance
    • “Staying Alive: Human Rights and the Performance of Life Support in Post-Soviet Belarusian Theater”
  • Thursday, February 25: Ofelia Ferrán, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Lisa Hilbink, Political Science
    • “Legacies of Violence in Contemporary Spain: Exhuming the Past, Understanding the Present”
  • Thursday, March 10: Paula Cuellar, Department of History
    • "Scorched Earth Operations in El Salvador as Genocidal Practices."
  • Thursday, March 24: Heider Tun, Department of History
    • “Writing human rights from the bottom up: the case of the Salvadoran Co-Madres (1977-1992)”
  • Thursday, April 21: María José Méndez Gutiérrez, Department of Political Science
    • “The soundtrack of war: ‘Narcocorridos’ and drug war violence in Latin America”
  • Thursday, April 28: Courtney Gildersleeve, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature; and Adey Almohsen, Department of History
    • “Unpacking Narratives” Reading / Discussion Group Meeting
  • Thursday, May 5: Sidi N'Diaye, Research Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    • “The Role of Historical Hate Representations in the Murder of Neighbors in Rwanda (1994) and Poland (World War II)”

2014-2015

  • Thursday, October 2: Barbara Frey, Director Human Rights Program
    • "Uneven Ground: Asymmetries of Power in Human Rights Advocacy in Mexico"
  • Thursday, October 12: Angela Carter, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
    • “Re/Imagining PTSD: Toward a Cripistemology of Trauma”
  • Thursday, October 30: Satty Flaherty-Echeverría, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    • “Articulating Afrocentric Thought: Discourses on the Margins”
  • Thursday, November 13: Patrick McNamara, Professor, Department of History
  • Friday, December 5: Paula Cuellar Cuellar, Department of History and CHGS Badzin Fellow
    • “Genocide in El Salvador: Where Ethnicity and Politics Collided”
  • Thursday, February 5: Amber Michel, Liberal Studies
    • "American Islamic Organizations: Narrative Responses to Counterterrorism Initiatives"
  • Thursday, February 12: Group Discussion on Images of Violence (Reading: Judith Butler, "Photography, War, Outrage")
  • Thursday, February 26: Erma Nezirevic, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
    • "Spain Interrupted: Examining Spanish Representations of Violence in the Former Yugoslavia"
  • Thursday, March 12: Orry Klainman, Department of History
    • "Jewish DP Immigration Desires after World War II"
  • Thursday, March 26: Jazmine Contreras, Department of History
    • "An Upheaval of Memory: The Collision of Dutch Resistance Literature and National History"
  • Friday, April 3, 12:00: Amy Cosmini, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    • "Truths Produced and Sold: Latin American Media as a Transitional Justice Memory Merchandiser"
  • Thursday, April 16: Yagmur Karakaya and Alejandro Baer, Department of Sociology
    • "Remembering to Forget? Holocaust Commemoration in Turkey and Spain"
  • Thursday, May 7: Ore Koren and Holly Dunn, Department of Political Science
    • "Exploring the Alternatives: The Role of Customary Justice Mechanisms in Post-Conflict Contexts"

2013-2014

  • September 19: Sandra Gómez Santamaría, visiting scholar from Colombia
    • “Uses of transitional justice discourse in Colombia: the cases of “Justice and Peace" Law and “Legal framework for Peace”
  • October 4: Courtney Gildersleeve, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
    • “Poetry, Damaged Life and One Poem: By Agha Shahid Ali
  • October 31: Wahutu j. Siguru, Badzin Fellow CHGS, Department of Sociology
    • “The Politics of Representation: Genocide, Mass Violence and Atrocities in the Media.”
  • December 12: Paula Cuellar Cuellar, Department of History and Human Rights Program.
    • “Punishing genocide through trials: a viable option in the aftermath of systematic and widespread violence?”
  • February 13: Verena Stern, Research Fellow, Center for Austrian Studies
    • "Grievable Lives": Dealing with Dimensions of (Mass) Violence in Somali Transnational Migration"
  • March 13: Carla Manzoni, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    • "Argentina’s Collages of Memory: Aesthetic heritage in post-dictatorial film Los rubios (2003)"
  • May 1: Marisol Soto, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    • "Visual Interstices of Rhetoric, Memory, and Trauma in the Documentaries Spoils of War and The Lost Children of Franco."

2012-2013

  • October 25: Megan Corbin
    • “Haunted Objects: Spectral Testimony in the Latin American PostDictatorship”
  • November 16: Murat Altun
    • “Kalandar Winter Festival: Xenophobia and the Politics of Memory in Northeastern Turkey”
  • November 29: Matti Jutila
    • “Ideology of Racial Extermination? Representations of Marxist Ethnopolitics in The Soviet Story”
  • December 14: Jaime Ginzburg
    • “Authoritarianism, Violence and Melancholy”
  • January 25: Hollie Nyseth Brehm
    • “Disaggregating the Rwandan Genocide”
  • February 7: Shannon Golden
    • “International Law in Local Context: The ICC in Northern Uganda”
  • March 1: Corbin Treacy
    • “Aesthetics and Aftermath: Algeria 1962-2012”
  • March 14: Whitney Taylor
    • “Effectiveness and the ICTY”
  • March 29: Erma Nezirevic
    • ldquo;Mobile Memories: Collective Memory of Mass Violence in Spain and the (ex) Yugoslavia”
  • April 11: Matthias Falter
    • “ ‘Antifascist Consensus’ & the ‘Club of Political Correctness’: Addressing National Socialism in Austrian Parliamentary Debates on Right-wing Extremism”
  • April 25: Hiromi Mizuno
    • “When Crimes Cannot Be Punished: the Comfort Women Issue and International Human Rights Law”
  • May 9: Eric Harkleroad
    • “Warfare and Society: Archaeology's Contribution to the Discussion”