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Holocaust Survivors as Educators: Making a Difference for the Future

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Events by Eileen M. Thornton | 2 Comments »

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Monday, October 20th | Reception at 5:30 PM  | Event at 6 PM

USF Alumni Center, Traditions Hall | Free and open to the public

Join us for a panel discussion with USF Professors Carolyn Ellis (Communication) and Michael Berson (Education) as they explore how the process of three local Holocaust survivors sharing their stories has helped them while simultaneously teaching others. Breakout sessions focused on teaching the Holocaust in schools and universities will follow. Refreshments will be served at the 5:30 PM reception.

Presented by the Jack Chester Foundation Symposium in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and produced by the USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center, with additional promotional support provided by the USF College of Arts and Sciences and the USF College of Education.

Click here to download a PDF flyer for the 2014 Chester Symposium in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


Picking up the Pieces of the Holocaust – Martina Emme at USF Jan. 21st

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 | Posted in Events by Eileen M. Thornton | No Comments »

ME_2011JanJoin the USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center for “Journeys of Transformation:  Picking up the Pieces of the Holocaust” with Dr. Martina Emme. Dr. Emme is the daughter and granddaughter of Nazi perpetrators and a founder of One-by-One, an organization that brings together groups of descendants of Holocaust survivors and descendants of the Nazi regime. She studies moral and political aspects of empathy and dialogue.

January 21 at 2:00 PM in the Library’s Grace Allen Room (4th Floor)

Free and open to the public. 

For reasonable accommodations please contact Director of Administrative Services, Tom Cetwinski at tcetwinski@usf.edu  or 813-974-4592.


Eyewitness to Genocide in Rwanda: Carl Wilkens at USF Jan 17th

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 | Posted in Events by Eileen M. Thornton | No Comments »

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As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide was launched in April 1994, Carl refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church and the United States government. Thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. Carl was the only American to remain in the country.

Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city.

His actions saved the lives of hundreds.

January 17th at 2:00 pm in the USF Libraries Grace Allen Room (4th Floor).

Download the flyer here.


Bay Area Premiere for “The Act of Killing”

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 | Posted in Events by Eileen M. Thornton | No Comments »

The USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center is proud to cosponsor the Bay Area Premiere of “The Act of Killing” with the USF Humanities Institute.


“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade… It is unprecedented in the history of cinema.”

– Werner Herzog

Herzog is describing The Act of Killing, a documentary addressing the Indonesian genocide that also brings a universal message about the banality of evil, while providing a horrifically engrossing cinematic experience. This January, we offer the only opportunity to see this astonishing film in the Tampa Bay area, accompanied by a panel discussion by USF experts.

The film’s “hero” is Anwar Congo – a mass murderer. When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar and his friends were promoted from small-time gangsters who sold movie theatre tickets on the black market to death squad leaders. These squads killed more than a million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals in less than a year, while the international community stood by or tacitly condoned the killing.

Anwar and his associates were devoted Hollywood fans, who used gangster films as inspiration; Anwar preferred to strangle his victims with wire, borrowing his technique from a mafia movie. Director Joshua Oppenheimer somehow won Anwar’s confidence, and persuaded him and his friends to re-enact their murderous rampages, under the guise of allowing them to make a movie. In the profoundly disturbing result, the killers draw on their favorite genres – dancing and hamming their way through musical numbers, film noir gangster scenes, and Western scenarios.

The film is about killers who have won, and the sort of society they have built. These men have not been forced by history to admit they participated in crimes against humanity, but rather have become role models for contemporary paramilitary youth. The Act of Killing is a nightmarish vision of a culture of impunity.

The documentary has been showered with accolades at film festivals and showings around the world, and invariably spurs viewers to discuss its human implications, as well as its controversial filmic techniques. Our showing will be followed by a panel and audience discussion, led by USF Humanities and Cultural Studies faculty Bill Cummings and Amy Rust, who bring expertise in Indonesian history and film studies respectively, and Stephan Schindler (World Languages), who has a special interest in documentary films, especially those addressing post-conflict issues.

The film showing begins at 6 p.m. in the Oval Theatre, Marshall Student Center; light refreshments will be served at 5:30 outside the theatre. The event is co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center. For more information about the film, including the theatrical trailer, see: http://theactofkilling.com


Armenian Studies Events for Fall 2013: Margaret Ahnert and Richard Hovanissian

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 | Posted in Events by Eileen M. Thornton | No Comments »

Armenian Studies Events This Fall

This fall, join the USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center for two powerful Armenian studies events. Both are free and open to the public.

Author Margaret Ajemian Ahnert

On November 14th, acclaimed author Margaret Ajemian Ahnert discussed her book The Knock at the Door: A Mother’s Survival of the Armenian Genocide.

Margaret Ajemian Ahnert
Thursday, November 14th 2:00 PM
USF Tampa Library 4th Floor – Grace Allen Room



On Friday, December 6th, Richard Hovanissian, the world’s foremost expert on Armenian history, returned to the USF Tampa Library to discuss the destruction of the Greek and Armenian communities in Smyrna in 1921.


Dr. Rachel N. Baum – Remembering the Holocaust

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 | Posted in Events by Barbara Lewis | No Comments »

The deepest wish of Holocaust survivors is that their experiences not be forgotten. But what does it mean to remember? In her presentation on November 29, 2012, entitled “Remembering the Holocaust: Empathy and Historical Memory for Future Generations,” Dr. Baum explores how true historical memory is an emotional relationship to the past that changes who we are. Drawing connections to the Armenian genocide and present-day events, she articulates a notion of “emotional responsibility,” offering tangible examples of how Holocaust memory can be nurtured for generations to come.

Made possible by a generous grant from the Jack Chester Foundation, with additional sponsorshop by the USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center and the USF College of Education, Department of Secondary Education.


How Violence and Genocide in Ottoman Turkey Affect Our World Today

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 | Posted in Events by Barbara Lewis | No Comments »

Historian Ronald Grigor Suny gave a talk entitled The Persistent Past at the USF Tampa Library on Monday, April 23rd, 2012. Suny is the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History and Director of the Eisenberg Institute of Historical Studies at the University of Michigan, as well as Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago.

About the lecture:
A century ago the Young Turk government carried out deportations and massacres of various peoples in the Ottoman Empire: Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, Jews, Arabs, and others.  Several of these brutal relocations have been designated ‘genocide,’ yet the current Turkish state, along with the United States and other countries, refuses to label any of them ‘genocide.’  The denial of past violence and its erasure from historical memory has allowed violence and human rights abuses to continue, worldwide, to the present day.

Presented by the USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center and cosponsored by the USF Department of History.


Dr. Deborah Lipstadt on “The Eichmann Trial”

Friday, January 13th, 2012 | Posted in Events by Barbara Lewis | No Comments »

On Sunday, February 26th, the USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center presented scholar and author Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt in a discussion of  her latest book, “The Eichmann Trial.”

Dr. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. She is widely known for her studies of the Holocaust, with particular emphasis on Holocaust deniers, as reflected in her book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.”

This event was co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center and Congregation Kol Ami.


The Politics of Genocide

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 | Posted in Events by Paul Trusik | No Comments »

The Second Annual Armenian Studies Symposium focused on the Armenian genocide within the context of Turkish national security policy and international relations. It featured renowned scholar Dr. Taner Akçam. Dr. Akçam’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion with USF faculty Steven C. Roach and Edward Kissi.

Historian and sociologist Dr. Taner Akçam is the Kaloosdian/Mugar Professor in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University and an internationally-renowned scholar on the subject.

Download a copy of Dr. Akcam’s presented paper.


The Hidden Holocaust: Secrets of Sobibor

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 | Posted in Events by Paul Trusik | Comments Off on The Hidden Holocaust: Secrets of Sobibor

An international team of archeologists, historians, and geophysicists used oil- and gas-exploration technology to locate the gas chamber at the Sobibor extermination camp, hastily buried by the Nazis after a prisoner uprising in 1943. Freund used ground-penetrating radar and electro-magnetics to make some significant discoveries that will help create the most accurate post-war map of a site deliberately hidden from view by the Nazis.
The Hidden Holocaust - Secrets of Sobibor

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