The Holocaust Studies Forum
Inaugurated in fall 2009, the Holocaust Studies Forum connects top scholars in the field of Holocaust research with American University students and the broader public in a series of lectures and discussions. The Holocaust Studies Forum is jointly sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, Department of History, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Center's Advanced Holocaust Studies.
Here are a few examples of past lectures:
“Final Solutions in Yugoslavia: The Holocaust and Other Genocidal Murder, 1941-1942,” Emil Kerenji, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
“'The Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial': Demjanjuk in Munich,” Lawrence Douglas, Ina Levine Invitational Scholar Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College
"Understanding Local Genocide: A Galician Town in the Time of the Holocaust,” Omer Bartov, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
“Home and Homelessness,” Miriam Isaacs, “Life Reborn” Fellowship for the Study of Displaced Persons, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
For more information on this year's lectures, and our other work with the museum, visit the USHMM Opportunities Page.
The program sponsors numerous guest lectures by renowned scholars from around the country. Here are a few of the highlights:
Dr. Derek Penslar, “Theodor Herzl: Charisma and Leadership”, part of “The Founders of Israel and Their Relevance Today” Inaugural Lecture Series, (co-sponsored with the Center for Israel Studies and the Department of History)
Dr. Anita Shapira, “Ben Gurion: Leadership and the Shaping of History,” part of “The Founders of Israel and Their Relevance Today,” (co-sponsored with the Center for Israel Studies and the Department of History)
Dr. Jehuda Reinharz, “Chaim Weizmann: Statesman Without a State,” part of “The Founders of Israel and Their Relevance Today,” (co-sponsored with the Center for Israel Studies and the Department of History)
Dr. Eric Cline, The George Washington University, "From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible"
Dr. Pamela Nadell, Dr. Martyn Oliver, and Reverend Mark Schaeffer, “Text and Traditions: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Visions of Afterlife” Panel Discussion (co-sponsored with the Department of Philosophy and Religion)
Dr. Evgeny Finkel, The George Washington University, “The Phoenix Effect of Repression: Jewish Armed Resistance during the Holocaust”
Professor Eliza McGraw, American University Department of Literature, “Beyond Ol’ Man River: Edna Ferber's Novels”
Dr. Lillian Klein Abensohn, author of Lost Voices: Biblical Women Reveal Their Stories, presented a talk on her book (co-sponsored with the Center for Israel Studies)
Thanks to our generous supporters, the following students received scholarships and awards.
Zach Belinsky, Greenfield Family Scholarship
Arielle Finegold, Everett and Marian Gordon Scholarship
Daniel Hammerman, Estelle Seldowitz Endowed Scholarship
Liran Shriki, Estelle Seldowitz Endowed Scholarship
Natalie Ohayon, Estelle Seldowitz Endowed Scholarship
Eliza Burbank, Judaic Arts and Studies Scholarship
Voices of Terezin
In the Spring 2010 semester the Jewish Studies Program, in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Performing Arts, the AU Bender Library, AU Abroad, and the Embassy of the Czech Republic, presented the Voices of Terezin Project. The Project brought together diverse elements of the American University community to commemorate the history of the Theresienstadt ghetto, a Nazi concentration camp located in what is now the Czech Republic. Through an array of performances, discussions, film showings, and exhibits, the project aimed to create a greater awareness of these events and foster further discussion about the legacy of the Holocaust. For more information about the events and their impact, visit the Project's homepage.
"Tough Guys" Documentary Film Series
In the spring 2010 semester the Jewish Studies Program collaborated with George Washington University's Judaic Studies Program to present a series of film screenings and discussion forums. The content was based on a program prepared by the Foundation for Jewish Culture, featuring three films on Jewish masculinity in the modern world. This program marked the first collaboration between the Jewish studies programs of AU and GW.