Mathilde Mukantabana—Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina—will deliver the Cohen Center’s annual Genocide Awareness Lecture in the Mabel Brown Room on Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and Ambassador … Read More »
Towards the end of WWII Hitler ordered his killing machine into overdrive to exterminate the Jews. Joanna Saidel ’85 has written a fascinating article, “Deal with the Devil,” for The Times of Israel that delves deeply into clandestine efforts to thwart Hitler’s orders—a little known story that saved perhaps tens of thousands of European Jews. … Read More »
In October, Johanna Debari, Chloe Edmonds, and Chloe Nixon, all seniors in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, spoke at a Keene Rotary meeting about their away-from-KSC experiences. Debari and Edmonds as exchange students at Jagiellonian University and Nixon as an intern with the Washington Center in DC. Because Keene State values experiential learning and strives to … Read More »
Cohen Professor for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and internationally recognized authority on genocide prevention Jim Waller was recently elected to a position on the Advisory Board for the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), and named a Centennial Senior Ethics Fellow by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.
For the third consecutive year, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), a New York-based organization dedicated to building a worldwide network of leaders with the professional tools and the personal commitment to prevent genocide, has accepted an intern from Keene State’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies program. This year, it is junior Eleni Guptill. … Read More »
Just over two years ago, Keene State forged an exchange relationship with Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Although the relationship is not specifically for Holocaust and Genocide Studies majors, it certainly offers them a rewarding opportunity. “It fit beautifully for us,” explained Paul Vincent, professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, “especially for the Holocaust part … Read More »
Thanks to generous support from the Faculty Development Grant fund, Professor Nona Fienberg (Holocaust & Genocide Studies) will be in Poland from Nov. 8–26 as a visiting scholar, primarily at Jagiellonian University, in Krakow. “I’m giving an invited lecture that I call ‘Present! Scenes of Instruction in Ghetto Romance,’” Dr. Fienberg said. “Given the central … Read More »
Most people see the wisdom in following their passion, and probably most of us pursue what we love to some degree, but few have taken that path with the focus and intention of Michelle Sigiel ’10. Michelle loves history and political science—especially as they relate to the Holocaust and World War II-era Europe. When she … Read More »
When Paul Vincent (professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies) and Hank Knight (director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies) visited Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, last year,their aim was to establish a formal relationship between KSC and Jagiellonian’s Centre for European Studies. “It fit beautifully for us,” Dr. Vincent explained, “especially for … Read More »
Two representatives from KSC have been awarded fellowships to the first European Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at the Royal Holloway campus, Egham, Surrey in England, this summer: Dr. Nona Fienberg, who will be moving from her current position as dean of Arts & Humanities in June to teach in the Holocaust and … Read More »
Professor and Cohen Chair for Holocaust and Genocide Studies James Waller has been invited to attend a dinner at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, on April 18, honoring Aung San Suu Kyi. The Memorial Museum will grant Suu Kyi, who won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her pro-democracy work in … Read More »
Dr. James Waller, Cohen Endowed Chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and author of Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide, was commended by the California State Senate at the Third International Conference on Genocide, Negationism, Revisionism, Survivors’ Testimonies, Eyewitness Accounts, Justice, and Memory on November 2–4, 2011.
The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has been one of the centers/museums selected to pilot the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation Institute, and Yad Vashem’s Multimedia Curriculum on the Holocaust, Echoes and Reflections. Designed for middle and high school teachers, Echoes and Reflections examines the ways in which Jewish communities and culture throughout … Read More »
Father Patrick Desbois‘ presentation at KSC’s 14th Annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture was featured in the latest edition of the newsletter from Yahad – In Unum, a research organization investigating the mass executions of 1.5 million Jews and Roma/Gypsy people in Eastern Europe between 1941 and 1944. While he was here, Fr. Desbois also met with … Read More »
Dr. Paul Vincent, chair of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Keene State College, published the article “The Voyage of the St. Louis Revisited,” in the current issue (Fall 2011) of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, one of the journals of Oxford University Press. In 1939, the MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner with … Read More »