Center Newsletters

We at the Center spent October finalizing preparations for our upcoming international conference, “New Perspectives on Kristallnacht: After 80 Years, the Nazi Pogrom in Global Comparison,” which is now just days away. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to browse the program and register for the conference below. If you can't join us in person at the conference, we invite you to tune into the conference livestream. We'll be sending you more information about how to watch the livestream separately.

September was a busy month for the Center as the fall semester got into full swing. Center staff hosted multiple research fellows and visiting scholars in addition to conducting introductions to the Visual History Archive for visitors and USC undergraduate classes.

As the semester kicked off, we at the Center bade farewell to our summer fellows and began welcoming the first of our fall-term fellows.

As we approach the end of the summer and the start of a new semester, the Center has been busy supporting visiting scholars and fellows, preparing to welcome our fall fellows, and finalizing preparations for our November conference. 

As the summer kicked off into high gear, here at the Center we were busy welcoming visiting scholars and preparing for our  summer fellows, as well as conducting outreach for the Visual History Archive and preparing for our upcoming conferences. 

As the academic year came to a close, we shifted from academic programming to preparing for our upcoming visiting scholars, 2018-2019 fellows, and fall conference and conducting outreach locally and beyond.

As the end of the semester approaches, the Center’s 2017-2018 academic program has come to a close. We concluded a busy year of events with a film screening and several lectures. 

During March at the Center we hosted multiple lectures, introduced researchers to the Visual History Archive, and traveled to introduce scholars to the Visual History Archive (VHA). 

We began February with a lecture by two of our 2017 USC summer research fellows, who discussed their research findings and experiences working with the Visual History Archive (VHA). We ended the month with a lecture by esteemed international law scholar Philippe Sands. The lecture was organized in collaboration with the Gould School of Law International Human Rights Clinic and cosponsored by many campus partners.

Happy New Year! With the start of the year we kicked off our Spring 2018 semester programming and activities. 

December has been a lively month as we have been finalizing the composition of our 2018 international conference "New Perspectives on Kristallnacht: After 80 Years, the Nazi Pogrom in Global Comparison." I have also been traveling to give workshops on the Visual History Archive (VHA) and to present my most recent award-winning book on the persecution of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia, as well as my current project on individual Jewish defiance and protest. You can read more about my recent travels below. 

With the end of the semester behind us, I am excited to update you on the myriad of recent activities at the Center. November was a lively month, filled with lectures by our fellows and visiting scholars, a conference in Virginia about Holocaust testimonies, which the Center cosponsored, and astounding turnout for another event the Center cosponsored, to name a few highlights. 

After months of planning, preparation, and anticipation, the Center held its international conference "Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies" in October. The conference that brought together digital humanities and genocide studies for the first time was cosponsored by the USC Digital Humanities Program. It is always an exciting experience to gather together scholars and foster discussions and debates around topics of vital importance in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies. This year's conference was no exception.

This month we have been hard at work preparing for our upcoming international conference “Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies”, which is co-sponsored by the USC Digital Humanities Program. In just a few weeks, scholars will be gathering to discuss and debate the ways in which digital tools and methods, new media, and information technologies can help us to challenge conventional wisdom regarding Holocaust and Genocide Studies by raising new questions, improving our understanding, deepening our analysis, widening our field of view, or pioneering new approaches. We hope you join us.

As the new academic year gets underway, the Center has experienced one of our most active months ever, during which we welcomed teaching fellows, research fellows, visiting scholars, a collaborative interdisciplinary research team, and a visiting lecturer.