Human Rights Film Festival Launched by ASU's Peace and Genocide Education Club (November 2021)

peace_war_genocide_recovery.pngASU’s Peace and Genocide Education Club has organized a film festival to bring attention to human rights violations and genocidal crimes during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The screenings will take place in the Great Hall of LLC (Living Learning Center, 301 Bodenheimer Dr.) on the ASU Campus in Boone, NC, during the next three November weekends. Highlights include the screening of For Samaan award-winning 2019 documentary about the life and struggles of Waad al-Kateab, a young woman and mother, during the recent uprising in Aleppo, Syria, at 7:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 13. For the complete line-up, please see the included event poster. The screenings are open to everyone wishing to support the Club. To keep the ASU community safe, mask wearing is required.

ASU’s Peace and Genocide Education Club (PGEC) was established in 2016 as part of a restructuring of the Center Fellows and continues to work closely with Appalachian State’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, which also co-sponsors the film festival. For more information about the festival, please contact the Club President Jake Genderson at

Exhibition and Reception with German and American Artists on “Heimat”/“Home/Homeland” (Nov. 17)

The Center invites the public to a reception at the TEASE IV exhibition with German and American artists, including Paetrick Schmidt and Irisol Gonzalez. The reception will take place from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 17, on the ASU campus (precise location TBA). The Center is partnering with the Transatlantic Exhibition of Art in the Southeast (TEASE) and the North Carolina Zeitgeist Foundation in bringing the event to ASU and Boone. 


This year's theme, "Heimat"/"Home, Homeland," tackles highly-charged notions in both German and US history and culture and directly reflects the Center's commitment and work in Peace, Holocaust and Jewish Studies. For more, see here or contact the Center at 828.262.2311 or The Center is monitoring the COVID infections and risks on campus and -- if needed -- might need to postpone this event.


Postponed until Fall 2022 due to Pandemic.

Center Partners with Southeast German Studies Consortium and Bar Ilan University to Bring Its Next International Workshop to ASU (March 24-25)


In late March, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies will co-host the Fourteenth Southeast Studies Consortium Workshop on the ASU campus. After the pandemic forced us to first postpone and then move the previous workshop online, we will now convene the next meeting with German and Jewish studies scholars from across the region and abroad on our campus in March 2022 (pandemic conditions permitting). The 2022 workshop will focus on "The Haskalah and European Enlightenment Revisited" as well as on "Teaching German and German-Jewish Studies in the Twenty-First Century" and "Democracy: Past, Present, Future." The event also includes a cooperation with the Samuel Braun Chair for the History of the Jews in Prussia at Bar Ilan University in Israel. The incumbent, Prof. Shmuel Finer, an internationally renowned expert in the history of the Haskalah, will serve as keynote speaker. The programs are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, see here and contact the Center at or 828.262.2311.