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Clark’s Strassler Center to Hold Spring Lectures on Holocaust & Genocide

Clark University announced a series of spring lectures on the Holocaust and Genocide that will take place at the Strassler Center.

All events are free and open to the public.

See the lectures below.

“The Ottoman Empire through the Lens of the American Civil War: Slavery and the 1890s’ Armenian Massacres in comparative perspective”

Wednesday, February 21

4 p.m.

Higgins Lounge, 2nd Floor, Dana Commons, 36 Maywood Street, Worcester

In this lecture, Owen Miller (Postdoctoral fellow, Union College) will examine competing claims by two American Civil War veterans about the Armenian Genocide, and will discuss the underlying patterns behind mass violence against African Americans in the U.S. and Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Professor, The Department of History, Africana Studies, and the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies.

“Soldiers for Christ in Hitler’s Germany: The Salvation Army and the Nazi State”

Thursday, March 1

4 p.m.

Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House, 11 Hawthorne Street, Worcester

Rebecca Carter–Chand, visiting assistant professor in Clark’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, will discuss how the Salvation Army, a Protestant organization, aligned itself with the Nazi government and how it continued to operate during the war, offering social services and a spiritual community for Germany’s urban poor and working class. She will situate the Salvation Army in the context of other German churches and sects, as well as recent scholarship on internationalism and the Volksgemeinschaft (people’s community).  This event is sponsored by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

“Anthropological Methods for Documenting Human Rights Violations and Genocide”

Thursday, April 12

7:30 p.m.

Higgins Lounge, 2nd Floor, Dana Commons, 36 Maywood Street, Worcester

Victoria Sanford, anthropology professor and founding director of the Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies at Lehman College, will draw on 25 years of experience investigating human rights violations and genocide in Guatemala, and discuss the theory and practice of forensic exhumations, victim identification, archival and testimonial research and their interplay in legal processes and community desires for justice.  Professor Sanford will speak about the ways in which science and law and justice complement and collide with one another, and will consider the role of the researcher as both documentarian and participant in the production of history as well as legal precedence. This event is sponsored by the Louis and Ann Kulin Endowed Fund and the Asher Family Fund.

“Justifying Genocide – Germany’s Entangled History with the Armenian Genocide and its Repercussions”

Monday, April 23

4 p.m.

Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House, 11 Hawthorne Street, Worcester

For Germany, the Armenian Genocide did not take place “far away in Turkey,” it was very close to home. Relations between the German empire and the Ottoman Empire had been close since the 1890s. Germany had become accustomed to excuse violence against the Armenians; the Nazis, too, came to see genocide as justifiable. The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust were not separated by great distances in time and space as is so often assumed. In this lecture, Stefan Ihrig, professor of history at the University of Haifa and author of “Justifying Genocide; Germany and the Armenians from Bismarck to Hitler” will talk about German attitudes toward the Armenian Genocide and explore the relationship between mass violences that marked the 20th century. This talk is sponsored by the Strassler Center’s Israel Academic Exchange.



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