We are on the move, literally!

Dear Friends,

I’m thrilled to report that we are now settling in to our new home on the fourth floor of USC’s Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Library.

With leadership gifts from longtime supporters George and Irina Schaeffer and Board of Councilor member Melinda Goldrich and her sister Andrea Cayton, along with the Goldrich Family Foundation, the new location considerably expands the Institute’s space and technological capabilities.

Designed by award-winning architect Hagy Belzberg, whose work includes the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, our new headquarters incorporates the Institute’s programs into a single space with global reach – a museum of living history that also functions as a vital center for research, education and communication to build human understanding.

From this powerful new hub, we are able to engage a broad global audience and create a vibrant workplace in order to be a dynamic, visible destination where the team and our visitors can come together.

With natural light flowing in and surrounded by views of the campus and Los Angeles, the new spaces features an open layout fostering both formal and informal collaborations among staffers, scholars, and researchers, enabling people to appreciate – and join in – the range of activity.

In addition to offices, the expanded facilities include a new studio for recording testimonies; multimedia classrooms and study labs; conference suites; a lounge; a centrally located kitchen; and, of course, the Institute’s powerful exhibits. A visitor’s area employs virtual reality, interactive content and visuals to support the important meetings that occur there.

It is extraordinary to have the support of our community rallying around our new home. Several of the spaces have received support, and a range of naming opportunities remains available. My thanks to all who have contributed to make our new home a reality.

Of course, the heart of the Institute will always be those who work, visit and learn here. Please come for a visit!

Stephen Smith, PhD
Executive Director
Andrew J. and Erna Finci Viterbi Endowed Chair
UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education
Adjunct Professor of Religion

 

Stephen Smith, PhD
Executive Director
Andrew J. and Erna Finci Viterbi Endowed Chair
UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education
Adjunct Professor of Religion