Center Research Colloquium

2016-17 Colloquia

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

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 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.

In Hitler's Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars, Westermann critically examines the parallels Hitler drew between the Nazi quest for Lebensraum in Eastern Europe and the westward expansion of the United States known as Manifest Destiny. Westermann shows how both projects linked national identity with racial stereotypes in order to justify a politics of exclusion and violence. He also identifies crucial differences between these projects of national expansion.

Westermann's book has been described as "comparative history at its best." One reviewer writes: "This thoughtful, provocative book compares the Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe with the United States' conquest of the American West. Its insights and conclusions are sure to stimulate new debates among a broad array of scholars." Robert Wooster, author of The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783–1900

Edward Westermann is Professor of History at the University of Texas—San Antonio. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2000. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the Free University of Berlin, a German Academic Exchange Service fellow on three occasions, as well as a fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Westermann also the author of Hitler's Police Battalions: Enforcing Racial War in the East (2006), and numerous articles and chapters. He is a retired US Air Force Colonel with 25 years of service.

von Bernuth

Research Colloquium with Prof. Ruth von Bernuth (UNC Chapel Hill)

After a successful research colloquium with Prof. Guy Miron from Jerusalem, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies invites the ASU community to its second colloquium of the 2016-17 academic year. This colloquium will focus on the work of Jewish Studies scholar Professor Ruth von Bernuth (UNC-Chapel Hill), especially her studies of Jewish conversion and identity and the carnivalesque in early modern Ashkenaz. The lunch colloquium with Professor von Bernuth will take place at Plemmons Student Union on Wednesday, November 16, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Like the previous colloquia, the meeting with Professor von Bernuth is open to the ASU faculty, students, and staff. The colloquium is based on a couple of pre-circulated recent articles and/or chapters by the visiting scholar. The meeting also offers the opportunity to participating members of the ASU community working 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 these sessions. An RSVP is required. To do so, please contact or call 828.262.2311.

Professor von Bernuth serves as the director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, the most successful Jewish Studies Center in the UNC system. She is also an Associate Professor at UNC's Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, which she joined in 2008. Professor von Bernuth holds a Ph.D. in medieval and early modern German literature from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany (2005). She is also the author of Wunder, Spott und Prophetie: Natürliche Narrheit in den Historien von Claus Narren, a study of ideas of natural folly in early modern German literature.

Professor von Bernuth's visit is organized by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies and co-sponsored by ASU's Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the university's Hillel chapter.


Research Colloquium with Prof. Guy Miron (Open University/Yad Vashem/Leo Baeck Institute)

Last academic year, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies launched a new research colloquium series to feature and discuss the research of scholars working on Judaism, the Holocaust, and modern genocides. These events are open to the ASU faculty, students, and staff. The colloquia are based on a couple of pre-circulated recent articles and/or chapters by a visiting scholar or member of the ASU community. At the same time, these meetings also offer the opportunity to participating ASU faculty, students and staff working on related topics to address questions about their own work and get expert feedback. The colloquia are two hours in duration and include a free lunch. Participants can attend the entire meeting or only part of these sessions.

The Center is pleased to invite the ASU community to the next colloquium with Professor Guy Miron, who will be coming to Boone from Jerusalem. It will take place in Belk Library on Wednesday, November 2, from 12:00 am until 2:00 pm. The lunch—free of charge to participants—will be served at 12:00 noon. The session will focus on two of Prof. Miron's recent articles on German-Jewish and Holocaust history and the significance of space and time.

Professor Guy Miron is one of Israel's most prominent Holocaust scholars of the generation that followed the field's founding cohort of Dan Michman, Yehuda Bauer and the late Israel Gutman. He is Professor of Jewish History and Chair of the Department of History, Philosophy and Jewish Studies at the Open University of Israel. He is also the director of the Research Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Germany at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, the World Center for Holocaust Research, Documentation, Education and Commemoration in Jerusalem. Furthermore, Professor Miron is the head of the Research and Publications Committee of the Leo Baeck Institute for the Study of German and Central European Jewry. His important publications include German Jews in Israel: Memories and Past Images (in Hebrew, 2004); and The Waning of the Emancipation, Jewish History, Memory, and the Rise of Fascism in Germany, France, and Hungary (2011). His visit is part of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies' ongoing international outreach and research collaborations.

Since space at the colloquium is limited, we require interested ASU faculty, students, and staff members to RSVP by sending an email to or calling 828.262.2311. They will then also receive more information and copies of Professor Miron's articles.

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