Through learning and remembering we are better able to understand the Holocaust, and to work toward the prevention of future genocides. Toward this goal, the USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center supports the teaching and learning initiatives already in place at the University of South Florida, while creating new opportunities for students, professors, and researchers.
Examples of the wide-range and diverse programming currently available at USF include the research conducted and courses taught by the following faculty members:
Edward Kissi, a native of Ghana, is an Assistant Professor in the USF Africana Studies Department and author of Revolution and Genocide in Ethiopia and Cambodia (2006). His areas of expertise include the study of the causes of famine, and the domestic and international politics of food relief in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. He also studies the history of U.S. foreign policy towards Africa, as well as genocide and its implications for global human security. Professor Kissi currently teaches a course entitled History and Theory of Genocide.
Kathleen de la Peña McCook, Distinguished University Professor at the USF School of Library and Information Science, teaches a course entitled Human Rights and Librarianship. Professor McCook states that “The aim of the seminar, Human Rights and Librarianship, is to present a historical and cultural analysis of the role of librarians vi-à-vis human rights as defined by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The course highlights the stated goals of the profession and the work librarians must do to achieve a more equitable society in the United States and a compassionate nation among others.”
Manoug Manougian is co-author and associate producer of the documentary The Genocide Factor: The Human Tragedy, shown on PBS, the History Channel and the BBC and is available for check-out at the USF Library. He teaches a course on the history of genocide in the Honors College at the University of South Florida. He is also a professor of mathematics at USF.
Michael J. Berson is a Professor of Social Science Education at the University of South Florida and a Senior Fellow in The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. Within the USF College of Education, he serves as director of the iteach program and coordinator of the Holocaust Education initiative.
Carolyn Ellis is a Professor in the Department of Communication. Much of her research has been situated in interpretive and artistic representations of qualitative research and focuses on writing and revisioning autoethnographic stories as a way to understand and interpret culture and live a meaningful life. Her current research focuses on interactive interviews and collaborative witnessing with Holocaust survivors.
Erin Kimmerle is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology whose research takes a population approach to study variation in aging, growth, and development as it is applied to facial recognition, human identification, demography, and trauma analysis. Demography is important for interpreting human variation and is increasingly becoming an important tool for the strategy of both Prosecutors and Defense lawyers in genocide and war crime trials.
J. Lynn McBrien is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Social Foundations at the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education. Dr. McBrien’s service and much of her research focuses on resettled refugee students and their families in the United States. She has explored the connection between discrimination and academic motivation in adolescent refugee girls and evaluated refugee agency programs working to create bridges between new refugees to the U.S., social services, and schools. Currently she is working on projects with refugee youth and agencies in Florida. She has also begun international work with refugees, working on grant projects and research with refugees in Ghana, a school for repatriating students in Liberia, and teachers of former child soldiers in Uganda.
S. Elizabeth Bird is professor of anthropology and director of the USF Humanities Institute. Her research interests have been in media studies and visual anthropology, and she has published four books and over 60 articles and chapters in those areas. More recently, she has returned to an earlier interest in cultural heritage and memory; for the last two years she has been working on a community-based project to research the history and memory of a massacre of civilians that occurred during the 1967-70 Nigerian Civil War. Details of the project are at: http://www.asabamemorial.org.
Tamara Zwick is an assistant professor in the Department of History where she offers courses in modern German and European history as well as courses on gender and women’s history. She regularly offers a historiographical seminar that explores the complexity of Holocaust memory and memorialization through testimony, physical remains, and visual representations. Last year, she was in-residence at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. at the 2011 Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty. This June, she will be a fellow at the Seventeenth Annual Summer Holocaust Institute at Northwestern University. In terms of her own research, she is completing a manuscript on nineteenth-century kinship, class, and gender and is also revising an article about physical sites of memory and authenticity narratives. She will begin work on an anthology project about language, historical memory, and the Holocaust next fall.