Center Research Colloquium

 2017-2018 Colloquia

PosterThere will also be a colloquium on Dr. Bray's work for faculty and advanced students with our guest on March 29 from 12:30-2:00pm in Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 421. Participants will receive a copy of Bray's Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook (London: Melville House, 2017) to read before the meeting.  To register for the colloquium, please call the Center at 828.262.2311 or email holocaust@appstate.edu.

KolloqThe Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies invites the members of the ASU community to the first research colloquium of the spring semester. The event will provide ample opportunities to discuss the important work of Professor Thomas Kühne, the Strassler Chair in the Study of Holocaust History and the Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, Massachusetts. The colloquium will focus on two pre-circulated contributions by our guest on key questions of the perpetration of the Holocaust and the role of the German people’s community. The lunch colloquium with Professor Kühne will take place at Plemmons Student Union on Monday, February 12, from 12:00 until 2:00 pm. To RSVP and receive copies of the texts, send an email to holocaust@appstate.edu or call 828.262.2311.

Michman

Fourth Fall 2017 Center Colloquium examines work of Yad Vashem Institute Director Prof. Dan Michman

Thursday, October 26
12:00 until 2:00 pm
Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 421

The Center’s final research colloquium of the fall term features Israeli Holocaust scholar Professor Dan Michman, who has been at the forefront of Holocaust research in Israel, North America, and Europe for decades. Professor Michman is the head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research and incumbent of the John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. He is also a Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and the chair of the Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research and incumbent of the Abe and Edita Spiegel Family Chair of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 26, from 12:00 until 2:00 pm. Like most colloquia, it takes place in Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 421. Professor Michman has written 14 books, including Pour une Historiographie de la Shoah: Conceptualisations, terminologie, définitions, problèmes fondamentaux (2001), The Emergence of Jewish Ghettos during the Holocaust (2011), and “Angst vor den Ostjuden.” Die Entstehung der Ghettos während des Holocaust (2011). He has edited 15 more volumes (plus five more under contract) such as Belgium and the Holocaust: Germans, Belgians, Jews (1998) and Hitler, Ha-Shoa veha-hevra ha-germanit (2007) and authored numerous articles in a variety of languages on the history of Dutch and Belgian Jewry, Israeli society and on various aspects of the Shoah, ranging from historiography, ghettos, religious life and Jewish leadership to problems of Jewish refugees, migration, resistance and survivor communities.

The colloquium will evolve around a discussion of pre-circulated excerpts from his works. To receive the texts and to register, please email holocaust@appstate.edu or call 828.262.2311. As all lunch-time colloquia, the event includes a free lunch. The visit is organized by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies and co-sponsored by a range of institutions, including the Department of History, German Program, Department of Philosophy and Religion, the Honors College, ASU’s Hillel chapter, the Temple of the High Country, Academic Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Timothy SnyderThird Fall 2017 Center Colloquium will discuss the work of Eastern Europeanist Dr. Timothy Snyder
Friday, September 29
12:00 until 1:30 pm
Belk Library and Information Commons 

The Center’s third research colloquium of the fall term features internationally renowned Holocaust scholar and historian Timothy Snyder (Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University; permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria). It takes place in Belk Library and Information Commons on Friday, September 29, from 12:00 until 2:00 pm. Among Snyder’s many publications are six single-authored award-winning books, including the important works Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010); and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning (2015). The colloquium will evolve around a discussion of pre-circulated excerpts from these works. To receive the texts and to register, please email holocaust@appstate.edu or call 828.262.2311. As all lunch-time colloquia, the event includes a free lunch. Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the ASU Humanities Council. 

Til Van Rahden

Colloquium will provide ample opportunities to discuss the work of Dr. Till van Rahden
Monday, September 25
12:00 until 2:00 pm
Belk Library and Information Commons 

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies invites all of you and the ASU community at large to its second research colloquium of year. This colloquium will provide ample opportunities to discuss the work of Dr. Till van Rahden, incumbent of the Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies at the Université de Montréal, Canada. The event will focus on two essays from his more recent scholarly output, in particular on clumsy democrats and moral passions in the early Federal Republic of Germany and on child-rearing in the United States and German Central Europe in the twentieth century. The lunch colloquium with Prof. van Rahden will take place at Belk Library and Information Commons on Monday, September 25, from 12:00 until 2:00 pm.

Prof. Till van Rahden works on European history, including Jewish history, since the Enlightenment and is interested in the tension between the elusive promise of democratic equality and the recurrent presence of diversity and moral conflicts. He holds an M.A. in American history from Johns Hopkins University and PhD in history from the University of Bielefeld, Germany. In 2017, he is based at the “Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften” in Bad Homburg, Germany, as a senior research fellow. Van Rahden is the author of the award-winning Juden und andere Breslauer published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht in 2000. Van Rahden has also co-edited Juden, Bürger, Deutsche: Zur Geschichte von Vielfalt und Differenz 1800-1933 (Tübingen, 2001), Demokratie im Schatten der Gewalt: Geschichten des Privaten im deutschen Nachkrieg (Göttingen, 2010), and Autorität: Krise, Konstruktion und Konjunktur (Paderborn, 2016). His most recent publications include the monograph Jews and other Germans: Civil Society, Religious Diversity and Urban Politics in Breslau, 1860-1925 (Madison, 2008) as well as essays in German History and the renowned Historische Zeitschrift.

Like the previous colloquia in the series, the meeting with Prof. van Rahden is open to the ASU faculty, students, and staff. The colloquium is based on pre-circulated recent articles and/or chapters by the visiting scholar. The meeting also offers the opportunity to participating members of the ASU community, who work on related topics, to address questions about their own work and get expert feedback. The colloquium is two hours in duration and includes a free lunch. Participants can attend the entire meeting or only part of the session. Since space at the colloquium is limited, we require interested ASU faculty, students, and staff members to RSVP by sending an email to holocaust@appstate.edu or calling 828.262.2311. They will then also receive more information and copies of Prof. van Rahden’s articles.

There will also be an evening lecture by Prof. van Rahden, which is entitled "In the House of the Hangman: How Postwar Germany Became a Key Site for the Study of Jewish History." The lecture will begin on Monday, Sept. 25, at 7:00 pm in the Blue Ridge Ballroom 201 AB, Plemmons Student Union's Summit (2nd floor). For your convenience, I have attached the poster for the talk.

Organized by the Center, Prof. van Rahden’s visit, which is part of the program for the “Jewish Life in Germany Today” exhibition, is co-sponsored by ASU's Departments of History, Philosophy and Religion, and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the German Studies Program, the Office of International Education and Development, the Temple of the High Country, the local chapter of Hillel, and the German Consulate General in Atlanta, GA.

mcbride workshop center flyerThe Shoah Foundation Testimony in Classroom & Research workshop with Dr. Jared McBride
Monday, August 28, 2017
12:00pm-2:00pm
Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 421

In collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research and The Center for Academic Excellence, Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies will be offering a special workshop to provide the campus community with information on how to utilize the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive to enhance your teaching, learning, and research endeavors.

Facilitated by Dr. Jared McBride (UCLA/USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research), workshop participants will have full access to the Foundation’s Visual History Archive that contains over 54,000 video testimonies of survivors and other eyewitnesses of the Holocaust, the Rwandan, Armenian, Cambodian, and Guatemalan genocides, and the Nanjing Massacre in China. The archive encompasses the experiences not only of survivors, but also of witnesses, liberators, aid providers, and war crimes trials participants. It is the largest of its kind in the field and only recently has become available at ASU thanks to the College of Arts and Science and Belk Library.

The Shoah Foundation Testimony in Classroom & Research workshop will take place from 12:00pm-2:00pm in Room 421, of Belk Library and Information Commons.

To sign up for the workshop, go to https://workshops.appstate.edu/detail.aspx?key=1662

We look forward to your participation in this unique workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies at 828.262.2311 or Crystal Weisner of The Center for Academic Excellence at weisnercm@appstate.edu or 828-262-3040.

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