ASU Center Joins International Holocaust Centers in Call to Action Against Hate Crimes

Recent months have seen a surge in unabashed racism and hate speech – including blatant antisemitism and attacks on Hispanics, Muslims, African-Americans, women, the LGBTQ community, as well as other targeted groups. Journalists have been threatened. Places of worship, schools and playgrounds have been defaced with Nazi symbols intended to intimidate and arouse fear. White supremacist groups have become self-congratulatory and emboldened.

As Holocaust scholars, educators and institutions, we are alarmed by these trends. History teaches us that intolerance, unchecked, leads to persecution and violence. We denounce racism and the politics of fear that fuels it. We stand in solidarity with all vulnerable groups. We take Elie Wiesel's words to heart: "I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation."

Therefore, we call upon all elected officials as well as all civic and religious leaders to forcefully and explicitly condemn the rise in hate speech and any attacks on our democratic principles. We call upon all media and social media platforms to refuse to provide a stage for hate groups and thus normalize their agenda. And we call upon all people of good conscience to be vigilant, to not be afraid, and to speak out.

 

Professor Edward WestermannBook Discussion of Edward Westermann's Hitler's Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars

Belk Library, Room 421
218 College St, Boone, NC 28607

Friday, February 3
9 - 11am 

Faculty, students, and staff are invited to discuss Dr. Edward Westermann’s recent book, Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest (University of Oklahoma, 2016) on February 3, 9-11AM, 421 Belk Library. Please RSVP by email to holocaust@appstate.edu or phone to 828.262.2311. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Dr. Westermann’s visit is sponsored by the Humanities Council and the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies.

 

 

 

Spring 2017 Guest Speakers  

spring 2017 speakers

February 2

Professor Edward Westermann

Lecture by Prof. Edward B. Westermann (Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio)

March 1

Professor John Roth

Lecture by and research colloquium on the work of Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy John Roth (Claremont McKenna College), former director of CMC’s Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights  

 

  

Click Here to See Photos of The 2016 Martin & Doris Rosen Holocaust Summer Symposium

15th annual martin and doris rosen summer symposium