Past Programs & Events

Sep 14, 2017


In recent years, it has become fairly common to assert that Native Americans were the victims of genocide, but what exactly does that mean? Given the nature of this crime and its significance to the contested terrain of this nation’s history, it shouldn’t be a surprise that these claims have usually sparked a fair amount of discussion and debate as to the meaning of the word genocide and the most accurate and meaningful way to characterize the historic and present day experiences of Native American population groups. In this presentation, Alex Alvarez will assess some of the claims of genocide, with specific reference to a number of well-known examples such as the Sand Creek Massacre, in order to arrive at a more nuanced, complex, and ultimately more human understanding of the history of Native America post-contact.

                ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Alex Alvarez is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University.  In 2017-2018, he will serve as the Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University in New Jersey.  From 2001 until 2003 he was the founding Director of the Martin-Springer Institute for Teaching the Holocaust, Tolerance, and Humanitarian Values. His main areas of study are in the areas of collective and interpersonal violence, including homicide and genocide. His first book, Governments, Citizens, and Genocide, was published by Indiana University Press in 2001. His other books include Murder American Style (2002), Violence: The Enduring Problem (2007, 2013 2nd ed., 2017 3rd ed.), Genocidal Crimes (2009), and Native America and the Question of Genocide (2014). His latest book, Unsteady Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide was published in July 2017 with Rowman & Littlefield. He has also served as an editor for the journal Violence and Victims, was a founding co-editor of the journal Genocide Studies and Prevention, and has served as an editorial board member for a number of journals. He has been invited to speak and present his research in various countries such as Austria, Bosnia, Canada, England, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Sweden.




Jul 21, 2017

Holocaust Educators Network

Information is forthcoming. 

Apr 25, 2017

Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust

A Presentation by Alexandra Zapruder

Please note that this program will be held at the University of Massachusetts Integrative Learning Center. The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies is a co-sponsor of this program.  

Alexandra Zapruder will read from and discuss her work about young writers’ Holocaust diaries. The surviving manuscripts reflect a vast and diverse range of experiences—some of the writers were refugees, others were hiding or passing as non-Jews, many were imprisoned in ghettos. Her award-winning book on the subject, Salvaged Pages, was the first comprehensive collection of such writings, with extensive excerpts from fifteen diaries, ten of which had never before been translated and published in English. The diarists ranged in age from twelve to twenty-two; some survived the Holocaust, but most perished. Taken together, their accounts of daily events and their often unexpected thoughts, ideas, and feelings serve to deepen and complicate our understanding of life during the Holocaust.

Zapruder is the author of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, which won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category and has been published in a second paperback edition and a multimedia e-book. She has taught her work to thousands of teachers and students around the country and abroad and has developed extensive educational materials to support the use of young writers’ diaries in the classroom. Her most recent work, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film, was published in November 2016. 


Apr 25, 2017

REMNANTS, by Henry Greenspan

Twenty-fifth Anniversary Performance Series, 2017-18

REMNANTS is a minimalist piece that includes the voices of 3 men and 4 women, currently presented as a one-man performance by the author.  The play reflects what is now more than forty years of conversation between the playwright and a small group of Holocaust survivors. REMNANTS is thus not “testimony” but rather recreates memory and reflection as they erupt, often in surprising ways, over years of deepening dialogue.  Recreating conversational moments of unusual clarity and candor, REMNANTS challenges some of our usual assumptions both about survivors and about what they have to tell us.  Professor Alvin Rosenfeld of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council describes the play as “Holocaust theatre at its best.”

REMNANTS was originally produced for National Public Radio and broadcast across the U.S.  Since 1997, the author has performed it as a one-person stage play, now at over 300 venues in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Israel.

Henry Greenspan is a psychologist, oral historian, and playwright at the University of Michigan who has been interviewing, teaching, and writing about Holocaust survivors since the 1970s.   His books include On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony and, with Agi Rubin, Reflections: Auschwitz, Memory, and a Life Recreated

Apr 24, 2017

Race and Photography: Racial Photography as Scientific Evidence, 1876-1980

Amos Morris-Reich

In this talk Amos Morris-Reich will discuss racial photography as a form of scientific evidence, reconstructing individual cases, conceptual genealogies, and usage of photography and photographic techniques for the study of "race" from the nineteenth century to the Nazi period. From an historical-epistemological perspective, Morris-Reich demonstrates that photography was used in several ways, such as for the generation of statistical data, medical observation of Mendelian characteristics, or as a form of psychological "thought experiments." Drawing examples primarily from German and Jewish contexts, he will pay close attention to the roles of visual argumentation, perception, imagination, and ideology within these scientific studies.  

Morris-Reich is a Professor in the Departmenf for Jewishi History and Thought, and the Director of Bucerius Institute for the Study of Contemporary German History and Society, both at the University of Haifa. He is the author of The Quest for Jewish Assimilation in Modern Social Science (2008) and Race and Photography: Racial Photography as Scientific Evidence, 1876-1980 (2016). He is co-editor (with Dirk Rupnow) of Notions of 'Race' in the History of the Humanities (in press, 2017) and editor of the first collections of essays by Georg Simmel (2012) and Sander Gilman (2015) in Hebrew.