About Us

Appalachian State University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies was founded in 2002 to develop new educational opportunities for students, teachers, and the community. Located administratively within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center seeks to strengthen tolerance, understanding, and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and utilizing these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of further genocides.

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Current Director Dr. Pegelow Kaplan and former Director Dr. Brantz on the Center on AppTV's "Religion In Life" Series


Specific objectives include:

  • Develop and present programs related to the Center's public and academic mission.
  • Continue to sponsor the annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Holocaust Symposium for public school teachers, Appalachian students and faculty, and the community.
  • Organize public lectures, enrichment seminars, weekend workshops, campus exhibits, and special events for academic and community audiences.
  • Sponsor outreach presentations and teacher development workshops for public school teachers and the community.
  • Support undergraduate curricular offerings in Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies both on an off campus.
  • Develop an undergraduate concentration or minor in Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies.
  • Support study abroad opportunities.
  • Develop a visiting scholars program that regularly brings both international and American scholars to campus.
  • Encourage cross campus, interdisciplinary cooperation and faculty development.
  • Facilitate and support student and faculty research and publication on Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies.
  • Develop a Teaching Resource Center that collects, develops, and markets new educational materials to teachers, libraries, and educational organizations.
  • Create a Website that publicizes Center activities, programs, and teaching resources.
  • Create a library acquisitions program in Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies.
  • Establish a fundraising, grant writing, and endowment program that ensures the Center's continued operation and development into a Center.