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
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
President Paul Kagame visited USC Shoah Foundation on Wednesday to learn more about the Institute’s work linking testimony, technology and education.
rwanda, president, paul kagame, Stephen Smith, iwitness, rpep / Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Click here to watch a livestream of Ms. Bangura's talk from 6-7:30 p.m. PST, moderated by USC Shoah Foundation executive director Stephen Smith and United Nations News and Media Executive Producer Andi Gitow.
andi gitow, sexual violence, Stephen Smith / Wednesday, February 19, 2014
A special delegation of staff and supporters of the USC Shoah Foundation arrived in Rwanda yesterday to begin a weeklong mission to learn about the Institute’s work in Rwanda, reinforce their commitment, and share the experience with others.
rwanda, mission, Stephen Smith, kim simon, iwitness, aegis / Wednesday, April 2, 2014
USC Shoah Foundation and leaders around the world are condemning an anti-Semitic flier given to Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine, ordering them to register with the government or face deportation and confiscation of property.
Ukraine, Stephen Smith / Thursday, April 17, 2014
The University of Southern California has established the Center for Advanced Genocide Research to study how and why such instances of mass violence occur, and how to intervene in the cycle that can lead to them.
center for advanced genocide research, cagr, Max Nikias, Steven Spielberg, Stephen Smith / Friday, April 25, 2014
NBC's Today helped commemorate USC Shoah Foundation's 20th anniversary Monday with a segment featuring founder Steven Spielberg and Maria Shriver.
Steven Spielberg, celina biniaz, Stephen Smith / Tuesday, May 6, 2014
USC Shoah Foundation and its colleagues at the United Nations came together to host a panel discussion at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict today in London, joining leaders and advocates from around the world to raise awareness of sexual violence in conflict zones and wartime.
united nations, Stephen Smith, karen jungblut, andi gitow / Wednesday, June 11, 2014
USC Trustee Andrew Viterbi PhD ’62 and his wife, Erna, have given $5 million to USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education. It is the largest gift the Institute has received since it became part of USC in 2006.
viterbi, gift, Stephen Smith / Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Stephen Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation, presented USC Shoah Foundation’s educational work at the 9th annual International Conference on Holocaust Education at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem this week.
Stephen Smith, yad vashem, iwitness, echoes and reflections / Thursday, July 10, 2014
Just in time for the holiday season, USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith will travel to four cities around the country to speak about the new book "Testimony: The Legacy of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation."
testimony the book, Stephen Smith / Friday, October 31, 2014

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