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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
November 11, 2014:   How can analyses of Holocaust witnessing be approached in spatial terms? Simone Gigliotti's lecture drew primarily on the USC Shoah Foundation testimony of two Holocaust-era witnesses with postwar profiles of testimony giving—a slave laborer in a death brigade, and a ghetto internee who survived on false papers. Gigliotti uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to render the witness testimony in spatial terms.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Dr. Jared McBride, 2014-2015 recipient of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research's Douglas and Margee Greenberg Research Fellowship discusses how oral history and testimony can be integrated with existing archival documents to recreate a micro-level history of the Holocaust in western Ukraine.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The research of these panelists sheds light on various challenges in mediating oral histories. Is it possible to mediate oral histories in an archive and respect the authenticity and nuance of individual narratives that fall into a larger narrative, for instance in an archive? Questions of translation, distortion, and interview methodology are explored to varying degrees by the work of these presenters. Is it possible to convey specific emotions across cultures, language, and identity?Chair: Karen JungblutPeg LeVine, Ph.D., Ed.D.Mark Zaurov, Ph.D.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Once events are recorded in media it becomes a challenge to control or anticipate how that media will be used. Some voices become dominant while others fade out of memory. How is a contextualized narrative produced or reconciled? How do academics make sense of media that was created with differing methodologies or research practices? The research of this panel focuses on cases that elucidate these challenges. Chair: Geoffrey Robinson, Ph.D.Stef Scagliola, Ph.D.Amy Rothschild, J.D.Viola Lasmana
Thursday, March 12, 2015
As time continues to separate listeners from the recounting of events what is the role of new technology in ensuring the voices of first hand witnesses are heard? The focus of this panel is on how new media technology prompts a rethinking of approaches to remembrance. How can new media re-contextualize or enhance the experience of the listener? What new tools are available to academics? What new or unheard voices will become available?Chair: Johanna Blakley, Ph.D. Rachel Baum, Ph.D. Aya Yadlin-SegalParis Papamichos Chronakis, Ph.D.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Specific places in genocide histories occupy different psychological spaces for survivors, witnesses, and visitors. When a place is preserved, or restored for the purpose of memorialization it is inherently transformed. This panel explores various aspects of this transformation: preparation, planning, execution, and consequences. The themes of memory, identity, and narrative are investigated in the creation of exhibitions and museum spaces that are also touristic landmarks.Chair: Marianne Hirsch, Ph.D.Edyta Gawron, Ph.D.András Lénart, Ph.D.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Digital Archives such as the VHA have unbounded teaching potential. The focus of this panel is on how putting such archives to pedagogical use presents unique challenges for instructors, but also innovative opportunities for students to engage with visual testimony. The panelists will explore the themes of creating a dialogue between the student and the testimony through repeated exposure, editing and understanding narratives. Chair: Todd Presner, Ph.D.Christina Isabel BrüningDJ Johnson, M.F.A.Roy Schwartzman, Ph.D.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor at Northwestern University Peter Hayes examines antisemitism and homophobia as central components of Nazi racism.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Dr. Ugur Ümit Üngör, Professor of History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, lectured on the involvement of Kurdish people in the Armenian Genocide as both perpetrators and resistors of the mass violence.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Kori Street gave a presentation titled “Listen and Listen Again: Thinking About Testimony and Tolerance” for over 50 staff who work with people who have been granted asylum.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, and 2015 USC Shoah Foundation Yom Hashoah Scholar in Residence Dr. Wendy Lower discusses the role of German women in the Nazi killing fields.  
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Three women tell their stories of struggle, courage, and resilience, and share their vision of rebuilding societies broken by genocide. 
Friday, May 22, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research Center Fellow Peg Levine, PhD, EdD, discusses her term Ritualcide and its application during the Cambodian Genocide.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Educators gave hundreds of presentations on behalf of USC Shoah Foundation during the 2014-2015 fiscal year, introducing thousands of teachers and members of the public to testimony and IWitness.
Monday, November 23, 2015
On November 19, 2015, visiting scholar Maximilian Strnad gave a lecture on the role that intermarriage played in the survival of German Jews during World War II.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Dr. Kiril Feferman, the Institute's 2015-2016 Center Fellow, gives a lecture on his research regarding the roles religion plays in Jewish survival in occupied Soviet territories during World War II.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
In their talk, Cole, Giordano, Jaskot, and Knowles described the new research interests and goals that they have honed during their visit to USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research from Jan. 8-14. At the core of their research questions is the desire to foreground the experiences and voices of Holocaust survivors.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
In this talk, Julia Werner attempts to tell the story of the ghettoization of the Jewish population in Poland through the lenses of several photographic collections combined with interviews from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Bothe’s lecture, “Meeting Survivors Online: Negotiating Memory in the Virtual In-Between,” focused on both the theory and practical implications of the “digital turn,” or the rapidly evolving digital landscape that is changing how people interact with the virtual and analog worlds. Her research is centered on the Visual History Archive as a paradigmatic example of this shift in action.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Professor Dan Stone, Royal Holloway, University of London, offered a global perspective of the origins and history of concentration camps.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
In this lecture, Professor Atina Grossmann addresses a transnational Holocaust story that remarkably – despite several decades of intensive scholarly and public attention to the history and memory of the Shoah – has remained essentially untold, marginalized in both historiography and commemoration.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
As part of the IWitness Detroit program, USC Shoah Foundation education staff hosted a half-day IWitness workshop for educators at the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD), Michigan, last Tuesday, April 19.
Monday, October 3, 2016
The Center's 2016 International conference began Monday, September 12, with welcome remarks from Stephen Smith, and conference organizers Wolf Gruner (USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research) and Victoria Sanford (Lehman College, CUNY). After welcome remarks, Fredy Peccerelli from the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG) presented on “Guatemala: New Testimonies and the Guatemalan Genocide.”
Monday, October 3, 2016
Chair/Moderadora: Bonnie Taub, Latin American Studies, UCLA
Monday, October 3, 2016
Chair/Moderadora: Norma Chinchilla, Sociology, CSU Long Beach
Monday, October 3, 2016
Keynote/Presentación: Rosalina Tuyuc, CONAVIGUA (Coordinadora Nacional de Viudas de Guatemala / National Association of Guatemalan Widows), Guatemala Roundtable/Mesa redonda: Sobrevivientes y refugiados del genocidio guatemalateco (Survivors and Refugees of the Guatemalan Genocide) Rosalina Tuyuc  Dr. Marvyn Perez (Los Angeles) Victoria Sanford (Moderator/Moderadora)
Monday, October 3, 2016
Chair/Moderadora: Beatriz Cortez, Central American Studies, CSU Northridge
Monday, October 3, 2016
Chair/Moderadora: Marjorie Becker, History and English, USC
Monday, October 3, 2016
Victoria Sanford, Lehman College, CUNY Wolf Gruner, USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research
Friday, October 7, 2016
Chair/Moderadora: Carol Wise, International Relations/Relaciones Internacionales, USC Sofía Duyos, Law, Madrid, España “Documentos del ejército y su trascendencia para comprender el genocidio Maya Ixil” (“Military Documents and Their Significance in Understanding the Genocide of the Ixil Mayans”) Sergio Palencia Frener, Anthropology/Sociology, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla

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