The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Past Events

Past Events
Sep 14, 2021

A panel discussion with Aviva Ben-Ur

Online via ZOOM Webinar
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 5:00PM (EDT)

A panel discussion on Aviva Ben-Ur’s “Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society:
Suriname in the Atlantic World, 1651-1825”

Jul 19, 2021 - Jul 22, 2021

Integrating Holocaust Studies: Impediments and Opportunities

Online via ZOOM Webinar
12:00 pm to 12:00 am

  Virtual Workshop, July 19-22, 2021   Overview: This 4-day closed virtual workshop will address the challenge of integrating the study of the Holocaust, both as a multidisciplinary, multi-sited fi...
May 8, 2021

A Roundtable on Race and Representation

Online via ZOOM Webinar
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Webinar Event: Race and Representation: A Roundtable with Jacob Dlamini, Caryl Phillips, and Manisha Sinha

Saturday, May 8th, 2:00pm (EDT),
Apr 20, 2021

"Encounters": a conversation on "Unworthy Republic", by Claudio Saunt

Online via ZOOM Webinar
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

A conversation on Claudio Saunt’s new book Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory (Norton, 2020).

With: Claudio Saunt, Richard B. Russell Professor in American History and Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Georgia, and Barbara Krauthamer, Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Professor of History, UMass Amherst

Apr 8, 2021

Special Event for Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day

Online via ZOOM Webinar
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

A conversation between Terry Kurgan, an artist and writer based in Johannesburg, and Marianne Hirsch, William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, on Kurgan’s book Everyone is Present (Fourthwall Books, Johannesburg, 2019), in which she uses diaries and photographs to tell her family’s Holocaust story.

 

 

Mar 25, 2021

Michelle Tusan on "Mapping Genocide & the Refugee Experience..."

Online via ZOOM Webinar
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

"Mapping Genocide and the Refugee Experience during the Great War in the Middle East"

With: Michelle Tusan, Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Bedross Der Matossian, Hymen Rosenberg Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Melanie S. Tanielian, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center of Armenian Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Mar 16, 2021

“New Translations of Yiddish Holocaust Literature”

(IHGMS ZOOM Webinar)
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, 5:00PM (EDT)
“New Translations of Yiddish Holocaust Literature”:   A conversation with Zackary Sholem Berger and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

Join us for a reading and conversation with Yiddish translators Zackary Sholem Berger and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, who will read from and discuss their recently published books. With the publication of Berger’s Sutzkever Essential Prose and Taub’s May God Avenge Their Blood, two important pieces of Holocaust literature are now accessible to English readers.

This event is held in collaboration with the Yiddish Book Center.https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781793621023/May-God-Avenge-Their-Blood-A-Holocaust-Memoir-Triptych

Mar 9, 2021

"The Last Ghetto", by Anna Hájková

Online via ZOOM Webinar
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

A conversation on Anna Hájková’s new book The Last Ghetto: An Everyday History of Theresienstadt (Oxford UP, 2020).

With: Anna Hájková, Associate professor of modern European continental history at the University of Warwick, and Amos Goldberg, Jonah M. Machover Chair in Holocaust Studies in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Feb 25, 2021

"Advancing Holocaust Studies", by Carol Rittner & John Roth

Online via ZOOM Webinar
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

A round table discussion on Advancing Holocaust Studies, the new edited volume by Carol Rittner and John Roth (Taylor & Francis, 2020).

With: Debórah Dwork, Director, Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, the Graduate Center – CUNY, Lisa Leff, Director, the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Professor of History at American University, and James Young, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Feb 11, 2021

"The Joshua Generation", by Rachel Havrelock

Online via ZOOM Webinar
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

A panel discussion on Rachel Havrelocks’ new book The Joshua Generation: Israeli Occupation and the Bible (Princeton University Press, 2020).

With: Arie Dubnov, Max Ticktin Chair of Israel Studies and Associate Professor of History at George Washington University, and Jacqueline Vayntrub, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School.
 

Feb 9, 2021

"Gulag Literature and the Literature of Nazi Camps" by Leona Toker

Online via ZOOM Webinar
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

A conversation on Leona Toker’s new book Gulag Literature and the Literature of Nazi Camps: An Intercontexual Reading (Indiana University Press, 2019).

With: Leona Toker, Professor of English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Naomi Mandel, Ann and Joseph Edelman Chair in American Studies in the Department of English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Amos Goldberg, Jonah M. Machover Chair in Holocaust Studies in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jan 27, 2021

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Event

IHGMS (via ZOOM)
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

­­­Wednesday, January 27th, 2021, 5:00-6:30PM

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Event

A conversation with David Slucki on his book Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons (Wayne State University Press, 2019).

Dec 1, 2020

A conversation with Eric Weitz on his new book "A World Divided"

Online via ZOOM Webinar
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Eric Weitz and Alon Confino discuss A World Divided, a path-breaking book that describes how, since the eighteenth century, nationalists struggled to establish their states that granted human rights to some people, while excluding others through assimilation, ethnic cleansing, or even genocide. Weitz tells a global history of human rights in a world of nation-states that grants rights to some and at the same time denies them to others, arguing that only the advance of international human rights will move us beyond a world divided between those who have rights and those who don’t.

Nov 18, 2020

“Is the Jew the Paragon of the Victim? From History to Non-Memory.” -- Event by UConn


12:15 pm to 1:30 pm

This event is hosted by the Department of Histroy at the University of Connecticut....
Nov 11, 2020

"Hitler’s Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal, 1940-1945" - by Marion Kaplan

IHGMS (virtually)
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Debórah Dwork, David Hernandez and Joel Wolfe join Marion Kaplan in a panel discussion on her new book Hitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal, 1940-1945. Marion's new book depicts the travails of refugees escaping Nazi Europe and awaiting their fate in Portugal. Drawing attention not only to the social and physical upheavals of refugee existence, the book highlights refugees' feelings as they fled their homes and histories while begging strangers for kindness.

Oct 27, 2020

“Encounters” A conversation on From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History (Wayne State University Press, 2020), by Nancy Sinkoff

IHGMS (via ZOOM)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

From Left to Right is the first comprehensive biography of Lucy S. Dawidowicz (1915-1990), a pioneer of history in the field now called Holocaust Studies. Dawidowicz was a household name in the...
Oct 21, 2020

"A Demon-Haunted Land: Witches, Wonder Doctors, and the Ghosts of the Past in Post-WWII Germany" - by Monica Black

IHGMS (virtually)
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Ulrike Weckel, Alexander C.T. Geppert and Natalie Scholz join Monica Black for a panel discussion on Monica's new book A Demon-Haunted Land: Witches, Wonder Doctors, and the Ghosts of the Past in Post-WWII Germany. Monica's book argues that a surge of supernatural obsessions in the wake of an annihilationist war and the Holocaust stemmed from the unspoken guilt and shame of a nation remarkably silent about what was euphemistically called “the most recent past.”

Oct 6, 2020

A panel discussion of the new book: “Moses Mendelssohn’s Afterlives and the Invention of Modern Jewish Memory” - by Martina Steer

IHGMS (virtually)
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Abigail Gillman and Michael Brenner join Martina Steer for a panel discussion on Moses Mendelssohn, a central figure for the cult of memory in modern Jewish societies who posthumously became a paramount point of reference for Jewish culture. Martina's latest book, Mendelssohn und seine Nachwelt. Eine Kulturgeschichte der jüdischen Erinnerung, will be a point of reference in this discussion.

Sep 30, 2020

“Will Trump Go?” A talk by Lawrence Douglas

IHGMS (virtually)
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Constitutional Law expert Lawrence Douglas joins us to discuss his book WILL HE GO?, which asks what would happen if Trump doesn’t concede this coming November.

Sep 23, 2020

“Resistance and Rescue in History and Memory. Rethinking Opposition in Nazi Germany” - A panel discussion of Mark Roseman's new book

IHGMS (virtually)
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Associate Professors Stefan-Ludwig Hoffman and Rebecca Whittmann join Mark Roseman for a panel discussion of Mark's new book Lives Reclaimed. A Story of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany, which tells the story of a little-known German left-wing group, based in the Ruhr, that survived the Nazi years and reached out during the Third Reich to assist Jews in the region.