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Past Programs & Events

Apr 25, 2012

Roundtable on the Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe

With Omer Bartov, Joanna Michlic, and John-Paul Himka

In honor of the Spring publication of Bringing the Dark to Light:  The Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe, co-edited by Joanna Michlic and John-Paul Himka, the IHGMS is very pleased to host a roundtable discussion of Holocaust reception in post-communist Europe , with the co-editors and one of their esteemed authors, Omer Bartov.  The roundtable will be moderated by James Young, Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst.  Admission is free, but seating is limited to 100.  A reception and book-signing will follow.


Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University and chair of the department of History. He was born and raised in Israel and received his BA degree from Tel Aviv University. He was awarded his D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1983, and taught at Tel Aviv University until 1989. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include The Eastern Front, 1941-45 (1985), Hitler's Army (1991), Murder in Our Midst (1996), Mirrors of Destruction (2000), Germany's War and the Holocaust (2003), The "Jew" in Cinema (2005), and Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine (2007). His books have been translated into many languages. Bartov has also written for such magazines as The New RepublicThe NationThe Times Literary SupplementThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Washington Post, and other European and Israeli journals. He is now completing a new book, The Voice of Your Brother’s Blood: Buczacz, Biography of a Town, to be published with Simon & Schuster in the next couple of years.

John-Paul Himka is Professor of History at the University of Alberta. He served as co-editor for history for The Encyclopedia of Ukraine, Vols. 3-5. He has also written four monographs on Ukrainian history and edited or co-edited six other books. Currently he is working on Ukrainians and the Holocaust. His 2009 Mohyla lecture was published by Heritage Press (Saskatoon) as Ukrainians, Jews, and the Holocaust: Divergent Memories. In 2011 he received the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research.

Joanna Beata Michlic is a social and cultural historian, and founder and Director of HBI (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute) Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust at Brandeis University.  Her publications include Neighbors Respond: The Controversy about Jedwabne (2004), co-edited with Antony Polonsky;  and Poland's Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present (2006), and the forthcoming Bringing the Dark to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe, co-edited with John-Paul Himka (2013). She is also the editor of the forthcomingJewish Families in Europe, 1939-Present: History, Representation, and Memory (2014).  Her two current research topics are the history of rescuers of Jews and East European Jewish childhood, 1945-1950.

Apr 12, 2012

The Memory of State Terrorism in Latin America

A Roundtable Discussion

This discussion will take place at 4 p.m., with Max Page, Professor of Architecture, University of Massachusetts;  Karen Robert, Professor of History, St. Thomas University, Canada;  Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College; and Joel Wolfe, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts.

This program is also a fundraiser for the publication of Memorias en la Ciudad (Memories in the City), an important work on the sites of state terrorism in Buenos Aires, which has been accepted for publication by the University of Massachusetts Press.  It will be edited by Max Page, with an essay on memory culture in Latin America by Ilan Stavans, and translation assistance by Karen Robert.  Max Page’s photographs of sites of memory in Buenos Aires will be available, as well as Ilan Stavans’ fotonovela Once@9:53am.  All proceeds will go toward the publication subvention.

Mar 28, 2012

Reaching Out and Building Peace

An Opening Reception and Roundtable to Honor the Rescuers Project Traveling Exhibition at the IHGMS, with Leora Kahn, Olivia Dreier, Linda Tropp, and James Young.  "The Rescuers Exhibit" (March 28 to April 12) on display at the IHGMS features photographs and testimonials from around the world that highlight the stories of ordinary people, who at great risk to themselves, intervened to protect and save targeted groups of other people during violent conflict. This exhibition and associated events are sponsored jointly by the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program at UMass Amherst and the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst.

Mar 2, 2012

Art, Memory, and State Violence

A Panel Discussion with Marjorie Agosin, Roberta Bacic, and James Young (Part of the Art of Conflict Transformation Event Series on "Transforming Threads of Resistance: Political Arpilleras & Textiles by Women from Chile and Around the World," Department of Political Science, UMass Amherst).

Mar 1, 2012

Among the Angels of History: Poetry and the Art of Witnessing

A Poetry Reading with Marjorie Agosin

Part of the Art of Conflict Transformation Event Series on "Transforming Threads of Resistance: Political Arpilleras & Textiles by Women from Chile and Around the World," Department of Political Science, UMass Amherst.