Spring 2020

Spring 2020 


Student Researchers Present their Work at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington, D.C. (April 21 and 23)

In February before the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, eight ASU students (many with a minor in Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies) had the opportunity to participate in a Center-supported research excursion to Washington, D.C. The students worked with the unmatched collections at the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Library of Congress and presented their work to scholars at the Museum's Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studie. They met with a survivor from Zagreb, curators, dozens and many prominent scholars. Now that their work is completed, the students -- Alex Parker, Annette Waters, Carson Montana, Jeremy Doblin, Lillian Draughon, Lilyan Wright, Sarah Brody, and Walker Dalton -- presented their findings in two on-line events organized by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies. Prof. emeritus Geoffrey Giles, a specialist in the persecution of homosexuals by the Nazi regime at the Unversity of Florida-Gainsville, Dr. Patricia Heberer-Rice, the senior historian of the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the USHMM, Prof. Edward Westermann, a specialist in Holocaust Studies and military history from A&M University, Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming, the director of international academic programs of the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the USHMM, and Kostek Gebert, a leading voice of the Polish-Jewish community, intellectual and prominent opposition journalist in Warsaw, Poland, provided comments during these ZOOM meetings. For a recording of the presentations, see https://holocaust.appstate.edu/academics/student-research.



Center and Partners Organize On-Line Yom HaShoah Commemoration (April 20)

On Monday evening, April 20, the Center and its partner institutions mark the beginning of this year's Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) with an on-line commemoration and readings of names of European Jews murdered by the Germans during the Holocaust. The event co-organized with the Temple of the High Country and ASU’s Hillel, Students Supporting Israel, and AEPi chapters will begin at 8:00 pm EST (and end at 9:00 pm). In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and to keep everyone safe, it will be held in the form of a ZOOM meeting. To get the link for the meeting and more information, please contact the Center at 828.262.2311 or holocaust@appstate.edu.


JHP Students Present Research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., and are joined by USHMM scholar and Holocaust Survivor for Talks

Jointly organized by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies and the USHMM's Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, students in the JHP minor at ASU will present their research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The event also includes a seminar with Dr. Juergen Matthaeus, the Mandel Center's Director of Applied Research. It will start at 2:00 pm on the Museum's 5th floor. It is followed by a talk by Zagreb-born Holocaust child survivor Theodora Klayman. The speaker will reflect on her and her family's struggles for survival in fascist Croatia, an ally of Nazi Germany whose forces occupied much of Yugoslavia in 1941. 

The events at the USHMM will start on Monday, April 24, at 2:00 pm. in the afternoon. For more information and to RSVP, please contact the Center at holocaust@appstate.edu or 828.262.2311.


Center Organizes Talk by NC-based Black Panther to Mark Black History Month 2020

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies invites the public to a presentation by the Rev. Dr. Bradford Lilley (High Point, NC) on Tuesday, February 11, at 7:00 pm. Part of the Center's contribution to mark Black History Month, this talk is entitled "A Black Panther speaks: The 'High Point Four' and Struggles Against Racism and Police Brutality in 1970s North Carolina."It will take place at Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114

The Rev. Dr. Bradford Lilley joined the Winston-Salem chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), the BPP’s only chapter in the South, in 1970. Founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland, California, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was an anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist party organization Black Panther Party that began with initiatives to protect African American neighborhoods and prevent acts of police brutality. It soon added a range of “survival programs,” including the Free Breakfast for Children Program. Lilley joined the BPP as a Fayetteville State University student. While setting up an office in High Point and starting a Free Breakfast Program in the city, Lilley and three other Panthers were surrounded by some 100 police officers in early February 1971. After the death of a number of prominent Panthers at the hands of police across the U.S., they refused to surrender, which resulted in a shoot-out. In the end, the four Panthers were arrested and severely beaten by local white police officers. They became known as the “High Point Four” and continued to play an important role in the beleaguered Winston-Salem Panther chapter that remained active throughout the 1970s.

The Rev. Dr. Bradford Lilley currently serves as Senior Pastor at Shekinah Glory Church International. He has been in the pastoral ministry for thirty years. He is also a successful businessman, owning and operating Capital Property Maintenance and other companies. The Rev. Dr. Bradford Lilley remains at the forefront of community activism, serving, among others, as a mentor for at-risk youth and heading Straight Streets Prison Ministry.

The Center proudly cooperates with ASU's Black Student Association, the Black Faculty, and Staff Association, and the Office of Multicultural Student Development to bring the Rev. Dr. Lilley to campus. Additional co-sponsors include ASU’s departments of History and Philosophy and Religion as well as the Africana Studies Program.

For more information, please contact the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies at holocaust@appstate.edu or call 828.262.2311.




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