Past Events

Past Events
Feb 6, 2024

One Hundred Authors in Search of Catastrophe: Writing the Cambridge History of the Holocaust

Zoom Webinar
1:00 pm

The panel will discuss the challenge and opportunities involved in writing and assembling the largest collection of new scholarship on the History of the Holocaust in decades. Apart from the...
Nov 16, 2023

Fascism in America: Past and Present

Zoom Webinar
1:00 pm

Amid the increasingly dire consequences of the divisions in the U.S, and the current global instability, what might we gain from once again defining fascism as a threat not only in the past but...
Oct 17, 2023

Winnie Nelson: Portrait of a Marriage

Old Chapel, UMass Amherst
4:30 pm

The English Department (co-sponsored by IHGMS) is delighted to present award-winning author Jonny Steinberg, who will talk on his book, Winnie and Nelson: Portrait of a Marriage. ...
Oct 3, 2023

From the Vilna Ghetto to Nuremberg: Memoir and Testimony

Zoom Webinar
5:00 pm

A discussion of the ghetto memoir (1946) and testimony of one of the most important Yiddish poets to emerge from the Holocaust. Why was the memoir ignored by critics and even by the author himself...
Jan 25, 2023
The Holocaust & the Exile of Yiddish: A History of the Algemeyne Entsiklopedye Book Cover

International Holocaust Memorial Day Event 2023

ZOOM Webinar
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Join us on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at 4:00PM (EDT), for an International Holocaust Memorial Day Event: A conversation between Barry Trachtenberg and Mindl Cohen on Trachtenberg’s The Holocaust & the Exile of Yiddish: A History of the Algemeyne Entsiklopedye. This event will be held via ZOOM Webinar, registration is required to attend. Register in advanced here. For more information, visit our website at www.umass.edu/ihgms/ or contact us at ihgms@umass.edu.

Dec 13, 2022

Antisemitism in the United States, a roundtable discussion


12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 12:00PM (EDT) for a special webinar event: Antisemitism in the United States, a roundtable discussion with Professor Peter Beinart, Professor Lila Corwin Berman, and Rabbi Jill Jacobs, moderated by Alon Confino. This event will be held via ZOOM Webinar, registration is required to attend. Register in advance here. For more information, visit our website at www.umass.edu/ihgms/ or contact us at ihgms@umass.edu.

Dec 2, 2022

Special Event: Antisemitism in the United States, a roundtable discussion


2:34 pm

Join us on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 1:00PM (EDT) for a special webinar event: Antisemitism in the United States, a roundtable discussion with Professor Peter Beinart, Professor Lila Corwin...
Nov 30, 2022

A conversation with Yechiel Weizman on his book "Unsettled Heritage"

ZOOM Webinar
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 1:00PM (ET) | 20:00 (Jerusalem)

A conversation with Yechiel Weizman on his book
Unsettled Heritage: Living Next to Poland’s Material Jewish Traces after the Holocaust (Ithaca, 2022)

Nov 15, 2022 - Nov 16, 2022

The Legacy of Ruth Klüger – Thirty Years after 'Weiter Leben'

758 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, 01002
6:30 pm to 6:00 pm

On the occasion of the publication of a new volume of essays The Legacy of Ruth Klüger and the End of the Auschwitz Century (edited by Mark H. Gelber, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2022), a one-day International Symposium will honor the memory of Ruth Klüger -- Holocaust survivor, scholar, teacher, author, essayist, poet, and feminist. Ruth Klüger (1931 – 2020) passed away on October 5, 2020 in the U.S.  Born in Vienna and deported to Theresienstadt as a child, she survived Auschwitz and the Holocaust together with her mother. After living in Germany for a short time after the War, she immigrated to New York. 

For more information, contact the co-organizer Jonathan Skolnik at jskolnik@german.umass.edu.

Nov 2, 2022

"Remembering the Holocaust in a Racial State" with Roni Mikel-Arieli

ZOOM Webinar
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

A conversation with Roni Mikel-Arieli on her book
Remembering the Holocaust in a Racial State: Holocaust Memory in South Africa from Apartheid to Democracy, 1948-1994 (Berlin, 2022)

Oct 7, 2022

The Legacy of Jules Chametzky

Old Chapel, UMass Amherst
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday, October 7, from 9:00am-5:00pm
(at the Old Chapel of UMass Amherst)

The Legacy of Jules Chametzky: Honoring the Intellect, Fostering Justice and Equality

Sep 22, 2022

A conversation with Jeffrey Veidlinger on his book "In the Midst of Civilized Europe"

ZOOM Webinar
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Thursday, September 22, 2022, 1:00PM (ET) | 20:00 (Jerusalem)

A conversation with Jeffrey Veidlinger on his book
In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust (New York, 2021)

May 30, 2022 - Jun 1, 2022

Defining Antisemitism between History and Politics - International Workshop

Van Leer Institute Jerusalem
12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Defining Antisemitism between History and Politics, an International Workshop hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, will be held on May 30th – June 1st, 2022. This workshop is co-sponsored by the IHGMS of UMass Amherst, among others.

May 10, 2022
Magda Teter

"Encounters": A conversation with Magda Teter on her book "Blood Libel"

Online via ZOOM Webinar
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

A conversation with Magda Teter on her book Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth

Apr 12, 2022
Nadia Abu El-Haj

"We know very well, yet Nevertheless."

ILC S131
4:30 pm

The Power of Facts and the Question of Palestine A talk by Professor Nadia L. Abu El-Haj...
Apr 5, 2022

Bad Fences: Short films by young Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers

ILC S131
4:00 pm

A screening and a conversation with the film producer Yael Perlov moderated by Professor Olga Gershenson

"Encounters": A conversation with Claudrena Harold

Online via ZOOM Webinar
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

April 5, 2022, 1:00PM (EDT) / 20:00 (Israel time)
A conversation with Claudrena Harold on her book When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras

Apr 4, 2022

"The War in Ukraine: Experiences and Memories"


1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Standing in Solidarity with Ukrainian Scholars - An event in honor of the Journal East European Holocaust Studies of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center:
"The War in Ukraine: Experiences and Memories", April 4, 2022 at 15:00, Room 400 at the Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry
(Co-Sponsored by the IHGMS)
Mar 24, 2022

Avner Shavit | The Invisible War: Why Did the Occupation Vanish from the Israeli Screens

Herter Hall 601
4:30 pm

A month ago, Tantura, a new Israeli documentary, made waves at the Sundance Film Festival, exposing war crimes committed by Israeli forces during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the ensuing cover up. One would expect the film to make headlines in Israel, but it didn’t. Moreover, no national public fund wanted to be involved with the production. In fact, almost no contemporary Israeli film deals with the conflict and the occupation; Tantura is the exception that confirms the rule. Israeli cinema used to be political, so what happened? When and why did the filmmakers and the public lose touch with reality? How and why did the local cinema become a world champion in repression?