Boston College professor Charles R. Gallagher, S.J. speaks on "The Nazis of Copley Square: Antisemitism and Espionage in Wartime Boston, 1939-1945.”
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 12:00pm
THE NAZIS OF COPLEY SQUARE: ANTISEMITISM AND ESPIONAGE IN WARTIME BOSTON, 1939-1945
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 4:00pm
ETHNIC CLEANSING, CLASS CLEANSING: FROM HANNAH ARENDT TO VICTOR ZASLAVSKY
NOTE: THIS PRESENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE IN HERTER HALL 601, NOT AT THE INSTITUTE FOR HOLOCAUST, GENOCIDE, AND MEMORY STUDIES.
This talk introduces Victor Zaslavsky’s little-known theory of totalitarianism. It approaches the task by considering the ways in which his theory accords with and diverges from that of Hannah Arendt’s. Arendt is the most influential theorist of totalitarianism against whom all successors must be measured. Zaslavsky's book on the Katyn massacre was awarded the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought in 2008. Superficially, the Jewish Russian-born author and political sociologist seems only to enlarge on Arendt’s core argument about the nature of Bolshevism and National Socialism. Yet a closer reading of his work on the Soviet Union and the lands it dominated shows significant and original deviations from Arendt’s arguments. Not only does Zaslavsky extend Arendt’s argument on ethnic cleansing to class cleansing. He also challenges her theory of totalitarian longevity. Whereas Arendt considered totalitarianism in the Soviet Union to have expired with the death of Stalin in 1953, Zaslavsky thought otherwise: totalitarianism persisted but in the new “system maintenance” form, embodied foremost in the Brezhnev era. Objections to Zaslavsky’s arguments are considered and evaluated.
Visiting Scholar: Peter Baehr is Professor of Social Theory, Lingan University, Hong Kong. His many books include Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences (Stanford University Press, 2010) and Dictatorship in History and Theory (with Melvin Richter, Cambridge University, 2004).
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 5:00pm
Information is forthcoming.
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:00pm
JEWISH HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND ZIONISM IN THE DP CAMPS
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 5:00pm
SISTERS OF THE RESISTANCE: AMERICAN WOMEN WHO JOINED THE FRENCH RESISTANCE
On 15 August 1944, just ten days before Paris was liberated, three remarkable women, listed as American citizens by the Gestapo, were deported from Paris along with dozens of French men and women belonging to the creme de la creme of the French resistance: Toquette Jackson, wife of American doctor Sumner Jackson; Lucienne Dixon, who had worked at the Elizabeth Arden salon; and Virginia d'Albert-Lake, a 24-year-old from Dayton, Ohio. All three had risked everything to defeat Nazism. All three would help each other survive the unimaginable hell of Hitler's concentration camps as the Third Reich collapsed around them.
CO-SPONSORED BY FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 2:30pm
HOLOCAUST MEMORY REFRAMED: MUSEUMS AND THE CHALLENGES OF REPRESENTATION
INFORMATION IS FORTHCOMING. THIS TALK WILL TAKE PLACE IN HERTER 227.
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 4:00pm
IN SEARCH OF SUCHOMEL IN CLAUDE LANZMANN'S SHOAH: CONSTRUCTING THE HOLOCAUST PERPETRATOR BETWEEN THE OUTTAKES AND THE FINISHED FILM
Erin McGlothlin (Washington University)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 5:00pm
Armenian Genocide Program
Information is forthcoming.