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Visual History Archive Workshop at Clark University on September 13

Wolf GrunerUSC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research Director Wolf Gruner will give a workshop on how to use the Visual History Archive at Clark University’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies on Wednesday, September 13 at 4 p.m.

The workshop is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Kent Seminar Room in Cohen-Lasry House on the Clark University campus.

Gruner will introduce USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive, a repository with over 55,000 video testimonies of survivors and other eyewitnesses of the Holocaust, the Rwandan, Armenian, Cambodian, and Guatemalan genocides, and the Nanjing Massacre in China. The interviews, conducted in 41 languages and 62 countries, are life histories and their subject matter covers the history and culture of the countries of the interviewees’ birth and their lives before, during, and after genocide. Gruner will describe how testimonies can enrich research and change perspectives and understanding of the Holocaust and other genocides.

USC Professor of History Wolf Gruner directs USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advance Genocide Research and sets its research agenda. Gruner also holds the Shapell- Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies at the university. An internationally recognized expert on genocide, Gruner has published 10 books and numerous articles on the Holocaust in Europe as well as on mass violence against indigenous people in Latin America.

Clark University has had full access to the Visual History Archive on its campus since 2009. Universities around the world can now obtain access to the VHA through their ProQuest subscriptions; as of now, 85 universities and colleges have full access to the VHA.