MVHR Interdisciplinary Graduate Group

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2021 Spring Workshop Series will be conducted virtually. For Zoom Links, please contact Jillian LaBranche (

Mass Violence & Human Rights (MVHR) Interdisciplinary Graduate Group

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), the Human Rights Program (HRP), and the Department of Sociology initiated an interdisciplinary graduate group research workshop in the fall of 2012 for graduate students and faculty members of all departments in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Minnesota.

The workshop was founded to foster interdisciplinary conversations on the subject areas of Holocaust studies, genocide and memory, peace and conflict studies, human rights, nationalism and ethnic violence, representations of violence and trauma, conflict resolution, transitional justice, historical consciousness, and collective memory.

MVHR (formally HGMV) provides a space for graduate students to support each other, provide feedback at various stages of the research process, and engage in dialogue with faculty and invited scholars. Please direct questions to the coordinator for 2020-2021, Jillian LaBranche at labra032@umn.eduMore information on the Graduate School website.

Spring 2021 Virtual Workshop Series

Thursday, January 28
Dr. Bademic Pitic (Visual History Research Officer)
"Researching & Teaching with Testimony: A Brief Introduction to the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive"
Time: 4pm (CDT)
Registration Link

Thursday, February 11
Kristin Foringer (PhD Candidate, Sociology), University of Michigan
"Symbolic Reparations and Collective Memory in Post-Conflict Colombia"
Time: 4pm (CDT)

Thursday, February 25
Sarah Allis, Joy Hammer, Paul Olubayo, Hanna Shireman, Bailey Sutter, Vanesa Mercado Diaz, and Raven Ziegler (MA Human Rights Program Students and Alumni)
"Researching State Sanctioned Violence in Minneapolis"
Time: 4pm (CDT)

Thursday, March 4
Meyer Weinshel (PhD Candidate, Germanic Studies)
"What is the Role of Yiddish in Holocaust Education?"
Time: 6pm (CDT)
Registration Link

Thursday, April 15
Miray Philips (PhD Candidate, Sociology)
"Middle East Christians in US Foreign Policy"
Time: 4pm (CDT)

Thursday, April 22
Michael Soto (PhD Candidate, Sociology)
"The Social Reintegration of FARC Ex-Combatants"
Time: 4pm (CDT)