On April 21 through 23, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute participated in an international conference, "History Unlimited: Probing the Ethics of Holocaust Culture." The conference asked the question of whether ethical or aesthetic limits should be placed on how the Holocaust is represented in fiction or nonfiction.
Stephen Smith, conference, Dan Leshem, literature / Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The University of Haifa has become the first university in Israel with access to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive, a searchable repository of nearly 52,000 video interviews with Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.
Haifa, Israel, Stephen Smith / Thursday, June 14, 2012
Every Genocide Leaves a Legacy: Rwandan Tutsi Genocide Testimonies Integrated Into USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive
USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education has added a collection of testimonies of survivors and rescuers from the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide to its Visual History Archive. This marks the first integration of testimonies outside of Holocaust survivors and witnesses into the Visual History Archive.
rwanda, collection, expansion, aegis, kigali genocide memorial, kgm, Freddy Mutanguha, Stephen Smith / Friday, April 19, 2013
How do dramatic artists deal with mass atrocities? USC Shoah Foundation organizes evening of performances for Genocide Awareness Week
USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education participated in USC's Genocide Awareness week with a series of events, including an evening of dramatic arts on April 9, 2013.
event, visions and voices, Stephen Smith / Monday, April 15, 2013
"Denouncing Violence Against Women" USC Shoah Foundation co-sponsors international poster exhibit for Genocide Awareness Week
Eighteen posters from around the world that cry out for an end to violence against women are the subject of Denouncing Violence Against Women, an exhibit at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. Part of USC's Genocide Awareness Week, the exhibit includes Holocaust witness testimony from the Visual History Archive of the USC Shoah Foundation. The exhibit is open to the public from April 8-21, 2013.
event, visions and voices, Stephen Smith, Dan Leshem / Tuesday, April 9, 2013
USC Shoah Foundation participates in Yom Hashoah observance, launch of Six Million Coins™ initiative
On Yom Hashoah, April 7, 2013, USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education remembered the victims of the Holocaust at a unique observance at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Simi Valley, California.
yom hashoah, Stephen Smith / Monday, April 8, 2013
Contest challenges secondary school students to honor the legacy of Schindler’s List by engaging in community service inspired by survivors’ testimonies and showcasing their action in an IWitness video essay
iwitness, Steven Spielberg, Stephen Smith, education / Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Holocaust survivors from the Bay Area of California who have shared their experiences on video, and in numerous in-person appearances, were recognized for their contributions at a ceremony in San Francisco on June 9, 2013.
Stephen Smith, JFCS, San Francisco, visual history archive, vha / Monday, June 10, 2013
USC Shoah Foundation is partnering with the American Sephardi Federation and other organizations to undertake the Sephardi and Mizrahi Jewish Testimony Collection, a new initiative to document the Sephardi and Mizrahi experience during World War II and the Holocaust.
sephardic, mizrahi, Stephen Smith, Gmach, Africa / Thursday, June 13, 2013
Winter seminar focuses on future of survivor testimonyRepresentatives from more than 30 Holocaust museums and centers in the United States and Canada came to Los Angeles this week for the 2013 Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO) Winter Seminar, hosted for the first time by USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education.
aho, preservation, holly willis, Stephen Smith / Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Steven Spielberg and USC Shoah Foundation Institute honor Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company
On June 6, Steven Spielberg, Founder of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, presented Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, with the Institute’s highest honor, the Ambassador for Humanity Award. Iger was honored at the Institute’s annual gala, where he was recognized for his support of the Institute’s work, his longtime philanthropy, and his leadership role in corporate citizenship. The gala presenting sponsor was jcpenny. Jimmy Kimmel hosted, and Mary J. Blige gave a special musical performance.
robert iger, Steven Spielberg, Stephen Smith, Max Nikias, afh, gala, event / Tuesday, June 25, 2013
A conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
arne duncan, education, Stephen Smith, interview, DOE, technology / Thursday, August 15, 2013
Scholars from around the world will gather Friday and Saturday to discuss genocide resistance in the past and present at the third annual “Resisting the Path to Genocide” workshop. The workshop is free and open to the public.
genocide resistance, usc dornsife, wolf gruner, Stephen Smith / Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Stephen Smith, executive director of USC Shoah Foundation, has been named the inaugural UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education.
Stephen Smith, unesco, education / Thursday, October 3, 2013
Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest is now the second Visual History Archive access site in Hungary and the 45th in the world.
visual history archive, hungary, budapest, ELTE, Stephen Smith / Thursday, October 17, 2013
Association of Holocaust Organizations convenes at the Institute: Winter seminar focuses on future of survivor testimony
Representatives from more than 30 Holocaust museums and centers in the United States and Canada came to Los Angeles this week for the 2013 Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO) Winter Seminar, hosted for the first time by USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education.
aho, seminar, Stephen Smith, wolf gruner / Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is partnering to present the international symposium "Bridging the Divide in Holocaust and Genocide Studies: Towards a Cross-Cultural Interdisciplinary Dialogue" to take place June 12 - 14 at Haifa University in Israel. Moving beyond ethically loaded debates surrounding definitions of Holocaust and genocide and the limits of comparison, the symposium will explore the way Holocaust-based discourse, tropes, and commemorative practice inform and/or are incongruent with diverse experiences of global mass violence in everyday life.
symposium, Stephen Smith, wolf gruner, karen jungblut, Dan Leshem / Thursday, May 31, 2012
USC Shoah Foundation executive director Stephen Smith delivered the keynote address at The Aladdin Project’s International Seminar on Holocaust Education today in Istanbul, Turkey.
Stephen Smith, turkey, seminar / Tuesday, October 22, 2013
USC Shoah Foundation executive director Stephen Smith will accept Peace Over Violence’s Media Award on behalf of USC Shoah Foundation at the nonprofit’s annual Humanitarian Awards on Friday.
Stephen Smith, award / Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Holocaust education advocate Rhonda Fink-Whitman interviews a dozen Pennsylvania college students about the Holocaust. Their answers show what happens when states do not make Holocaust education mandatory.
education, teaching, holocaust, Stephen Smith / Tuesday, October 29, 2013
USC Shoah Foundation's executive director and director of community relations will speak at this year's conference for child survivors of the Holocaust.
Stephen Smith, conference, child survivor, jewish survivor, holocaust, kristallnacht / Thursday, October 31, 2013
Renowned Holocaust scholars Yehuda Bauer and Xu Xin discussed the past, present and future of Holocaust studies in a lively conversation moderated by USC Shoah Foundation executive director Stephen Smith on Thursday.
yehuda bauer, xu xin, Stephen Smith, lecture / Monday, November 11, 2013
During its Week of Holocaust Remembrance, Stephen Smith and Pinchas Gutter helped the College of Saint Elizabeth not only honor the past, but also consider the future of Holocaust remembrance and education.
Stephen Smith, Pinchas Gutter, holocaust, education, new dimensions / Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The award-winning French documentarian Claude Lanzmann will present his latest film and participate in a discussion with USC Shoah Foundation executive director Stephen Smith at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Tues., Dec. 10.
claude lanzmann, documentary, screening, usc, Stephen Smith / Monday, November 25, 2013
The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (CHHANGE) is hosting its annual conference for Holocaust educators Friday, featuring USC Shoah Foundation executive director Stephen Smith as keynote speaker.
Stephen Smith, conference, Holocaust education / Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sid Shachnow has two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts -- and that's just for his service in Vietnam, where he led his troops with courage and distinction. “There was no room for conscience,” he confides when discussing his 39 years of military service. “Once I was face to face with a Viet Cong. I had him in my sights as he ran toward me. He dropped his weapon and veered left. I did not pull the trigger. I still do not know if I did the right thing. My conscience got in the way.”
blog, Stephen Smith, Sid Shachnow, op-eds / Thursday, December 5, 2013
French film director Claude Lanzmann spoke candidly about his latest film, The Last of the Unjust, at a USC School of Cinematic Arts screening hosted by USC Shoah Foundation Tuesday night.
screening, claude lanzmann, Stephen Smith / Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Executive director Stephen Smith highlights just a few of USC Shoah Foundation's 2013 achievements.
Stephen Smith, 2013, nanjing, iwitness, problems without passports, visual history archive / Friday, December 20, 2013
Today marks the beginning of Kwibuka20, Rwanda’s three-month commemoration of the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide.
rwanda, rwandan survivor, Stephen Smith, kwibuka / Monday, January 6, 2014
The new book, published today, take readers deep into the making of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation.
testimony, Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg, Stephen Smith, book / Tuesday, March 25, 2014