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Thursday, October 26, 2017
Paris Papamichos Chronakis, Eric Le Bourhis and Andrew Curtis shared their research on the second day of the Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies conference, hosted by USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research.
Friday, November 3, 2017
in his lecture at USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research on Thursday, Professor Alexander Hinton shared insights into the life trajectory of the infamous Comrade Duch, commandant of the former S-21 prison in Phnom Penh, and the lessons Duch might offer as we attempt to understand how ordinary people commit genocide.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Kari Shagena is combining poetry and Holocaust survivor testimony to inspire empathy and action in her students following an IWitness seminar in Michigan last summer. Shagena, a language arts and social studies teacher at Richmond Middle School, was one of over dozen Michigan educators who attended USC Shoah Foundation’s IWitness Summer Institute in Farmington Hills this past August, a three-day seminar that introduced educators to everything they need to know to incorporate testimonies and activities from IWitness into their classrooms.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Students will explore the topic through close reading of testimony, they will learn how culture helps to foster a sense of community, students will learn about the relationship of community and law enforcement, and explore the topic of marginalization and its impact.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Inspired by the issues affecting his students in Chicago, high school English teacher Wesley Davidson authored one of USC Shoah Foundation’s new resources for 100 Days to Inspire Respect. Davidson, an English teacher at Chicago Tech Academy, authored an IWitness activity called “To Protect and Serve: Community and Policing,” which is the featured resource today, Day 29 of 100 Days to Inspire Respect.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Resources this week engage students to think about the experiences of women in a variety of contexts.
Friday, March 17, 2017
A critical element in countering hate and inspiring respect is an understanding of culture and learning to value cultural differences.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
A new IWitness activity focuses on the complex situation in Hungary after liberation. Students interpret and evaluate different behaviors exemplified through the testimony and film clips and think about their past and present correlations.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Students watch testimony of survivors who share stories of resilience, the challenges they faced and how resilience took many forms. Students consider their own resilience and its role in wellbeing.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Peggy Walker’s students at McCall Middle School in Massachusetts have changed the way they do research based on their experience with IWitness. Walker first began using IWitness last year, after using educational resources she found on the USC Shoah Foundation website. She began exploring IWitness and said she “immediately” saw the potential it could have for her students.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Stroud’s book chapter is titled “Rethinking Resilience: Considerations on Resilience in Indonesia After 1965.”
Friday, July 7, 2017
For the first time this fall, IWitness will begin offering virtual reality educational resources, such as its VR film Lala. Learn more about how testimony-based virtual reality will be integrated with IWitness’s core principles and pedagogy.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Following another arduous school year, 17 teachers who participated in the 2016 edition of USC Shoah Foundation’s Master Teacher program in Hungary returned to present the testimony-based lessons they developed and piloted in their classes over the past year.
Friday, July 21, 2017
The Visual History Archive version 6.7.3.1 was released today, adding a new feature for users and testimonies from two new experience groups.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Longtime Visual History Archive user Professor Therkel Straede took his use of testimony one step further last semester by giving his students an assignment to construct their own videos in IWitness, with inspiring results.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
USC Shoah Foundation mourns the death of Georg Citrom, Holocaust survivor and longtime friend of the Institute. Citrom was born in Oradea, Romania, in 1931. His father was a teacher in the local Jewish school and he had one older sister, Suzy. His family practiced modern Orthodox Judaism and he loved visiting his grandparents at their house in the countryside.
Monday, September 11, 2017
​USC Shoah Foundation integrated the first 984 English-language transcripts into the Visual History Archive over the weekend – the first such update since ProQuest began working on transcribing testimonies as part of its partnership with USC Shoah Foundation last year.
Monday, October 9, 2017
The idea of building inclusive connected communities through the testimonies of genocide survivors may be a novel one, but DePauw University Student Body Vice President Armaan Patel is eager to learn more about it at the USC Shoah Foundation Intercollegiate Diversity Congress (IDC) later this week.
Monday, October 30, 2017
After a semester-long study of Holocaust survivor narratives, four students in Professor Therkel Straede’s class at the University of Southern Denmark presented the short videos they made in IWitness to an audience of faculty, students and members of the public.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites proposals for its 2018-2019 International Teaching Fellowship that will provide support for university and college faculty to integrate testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive (VHA) into new or existing courses.
Monday, December 18, 2017
Yael Siman earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, where she focused her research on the conditions under which controlling states are more likely to negotiate with insurgents in controlled territories. The main case study was the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, 1967-2001. Her research interests concern the connections between the Holocaust and Latin America, antisemitism and discourses of hatred in Latin America, and the experiences and narratives of victims of genocide and mass violence.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
A rare collection containing hundreds of artifacts and written material brought back from Nazi Germany by an American Jewish soldier has been acquired by the USC Libraries as part of a longstanding collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research.
Monday, April 17, 2017
“Hate starts with fear of others.” “Be informed. Don’t judge. Learn love.” “Remove appearance. We’re all the same.” Ninth graders in Sara Mehltretter’s world cultures and geography class at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, Fla., wrote these six-word stories and many others, and shared them with not only each other but also their whole school.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Now well into his second year as student body president of Michigan State University, Lorenzo Santavicca understands the realities of his school, one that has made headlines both for its athletics but also for its numerous reports of sexual misconduct. This year, he’ll be well-equipped to deal with some of these realities, stocked with resources from a new initiative by USC Shoah Foundation.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Students will consider the role of identity in making choices to become a bystander and they will build their communication skills that promote respect.
Monday, February 27, 2017
USC Shoah Foundation’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Collection will gain at least five more testimonies this spring when Project Director Jacqueline Semha Gmach travels to Paris for four months.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
The Challenge, which will award $10,000 total in prizes, invites and encourages students to participate in their communities and complete an IWitness activity by submitting a short explainer video detailing how they were inspired through testimony to make a positive impact.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
A Dél-Kaliforniai Egyetem (USC) Soá Alapítványa április 8-án, Budapesten különleges program keretében mutatta be az 1945 című új, nemzetközi díjnyertes magyar film tanításához készült digitális tananyagot, illetve a tananyaghoz kapcsolódó módszertant.
Friday, April 21, 2017
For the final week of “100 Days to Inspire Respect,” students will reflect on how they can turn what they’ve learned into positive action in their communities.
Friday, April 28, 2017
An estimated 43,000 students participated in 100 Days resources and activities from January 20-April 29.

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