Academic Discussions & Lectures

2016 International Conference Panel: Personal Reflections on Resistance

Language: English

Chair/Moderador: Douglas Carranza, Central American Studies, CSU Northridge

  • Ana María Méndez Dardon, Law, Canada

    “Historia personal: Creciendo en la resistencia”
    (“Personal story: Growing up in resistance”)
  • Heather A. Vrana, History, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

    “H.I.J.O.S.: A New Politics of Memory beyond Reconciliation”
    (“H.I.J.O.S.: Una nueva memoria política más allá de la reconciliación”)
  • Miguel Zamora-Mills, International Relations, Guatemala

    “Resisting Impunity, Preserving Truth: Victim participation, the querrellante adhesivo, and the Rios Montt trial”
    (“Resistiendo la impunidad, preservando la verdad: participacíon de las victimas, el querrellante adhesivo y el juicio de Ríos Montt”)
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  • Omer Bartov gave a lecture on May 8, 2017, on how the East Galician town of Buczacz was transformed from a site of coexistence, where Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews had lived side-by-side for centuries, into a site of genocide. What were the reasons for this instance of communal violence, what were its dynamics, and why has it been erased from the local memory?

    Professor Bartov is the 2017 Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar at USC Center for Advanced Genocide Research.

  • In this lecture, Professor Alexander Korb explores the phenomenon of collaboration, drawing from a number of country case studies in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. He argues that we need to include Jewish perspectives in order to understand collaboration, because Jews knew their collaborating neighbors much better than the Germans did.

  • Four of USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s summer 2016 research fellows returned to the Institute on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, to share the outcomes of their fellowships and the impact of testimony on their work.

    All the fellows are studying or teaching at USC and spent at least several weeks in residence at the Center last summer to conduct research in the Visual History Archive.

  • In this lecture, presented on March 7, 2017, Schatte touches on issues such as the relationship between the second and third generations of East German Jews, scholarly and community debates about contemporary and East German Jewish identity, Holocaust memory, and the effects of trauma and exile across generations.

  • In her public lecture on Feb. 9, 2017, at USC, Robert J. Katz Research Fellow Teresa Walch outlines the process by which Jews in Berlin lost their rights, access to public spaces, ability to move freely, and finally their own homes, from 1933-38. Throughout her talk, Walch refers to the testimonies in the Visual History Archive that she has discovered of Holocaust survivors who describe living through this period and its effect on them.

  • On Thursday, January 19, 2017, after a screening of Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Dr. Wolf Gruner, Center of Advanced Genocide Research Director and Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies, joined a panel with Dr. Michael Renov, Haskell Wexler Endowed Chair in Documentary, Professor of Cinema & Media Studies and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Dr. Steven Ross, Professor of History and Director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life.

  • A panel discussion with Verena Buser, PhD (Alice Salomon University); Martin Dean, PhD (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum); Andrea Rudorff, PhD (Institut für Zeitgeschichte); and Sari J. Siegel, Doctoral Candidate (University of Southern California). 

  • On October 11, 2016, Dr. Benjamin Madley presented a lecture detailing just some of his exhaustive research on the systematic extermination of California’s indigenous population from the first wave of gold rush settlers to the beginning of California’s third decade as an American state. The result of that research is his book An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873.

  • Paula Cuellar Cuellar, 2016-2017 USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research Center Graduate Research Fellow, discuss esher dissertation research on scorched earth operations in Guatemala and El Salvador.

  • Chair/Moderador: Douglas Carranza, Central American Studies, CSU Northridge

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