On March 25 and 26, 2010, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute hosted its first international academic conference.
The International Digital Access, Outreach, and Research Conference brought together representatives from 25 universities, museums, and other institutions that have access to the Institute's Visual History Archive to discuss how it is being used in academia.
“The Visual History Archive will transform how we study the Holocaust and genocide. In fact, this transformation has already begun at universities and museums around the world,” said Howard Gillman, Dean of USC College. “But the testimonies are enhancing other studies as well, across a vast range of disciplines. We have much yet to discover about the depths of the archive’s academic potential as well as its limits; this unprecedented gathering of colleagues is a first-ever opportunity for us to truly learn together.”
The conference was made possible by a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, which is assisting the Institute in supporting a worldwide initiative to broaden access to the testimonies and increase their educational use throughout the world.