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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
What does it mean to live 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz in a world in deep crisis? What does it mean with all we know about the damage that hatred causes – after all the pain we have gone through – that we are hurtling out of control into an inferno of rage that takes us right back to where we started?  Why are survivors of the Holocaust who walked out of the camps with at least the hope that their own suffering was not in vain, dying disappointed?
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
USC’s Human Rights and Genocide Awareness Week concluded last night with a moving discussion of women’s experiences during and after genocide, featuring survivors of the Guatemalan, Armenian and Rwandan Genocides.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Inspired by the United States’ 2016 presidential campaign, IWitness has just published a new activity that draws on current events to enhance students’ skills in leadership, media literacy and using their voices responsibly on social media.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
A public lecture by the 2017-2018 Research Week team Lorena Ávila (Centro Internacional de Toledo para la Paz, Colombia) Daniela Gleizer (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México) Emmanuel Kahan (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina) Nancy Nichols (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile) Yael Siman (Universidad Iberoamericana, México) Susana Sosenski (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México) Alejandra Morales Stekel (Director, Interactive Jewish Museum of Chile, Chile)
Friday, August 4, 2017
The ‘Third Workshop for Advanced PhD Candidates from North American Universities and Israel who are working on the Holocaust’, co-sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation Center For Advanced Genocide Research and Yad Vashem, took place from June 25 to June 29, 2017 at the International Institute for Holocaust Research in Yad Vashem.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites applications from senior scholars for its 2018-2019 Center Research Fellowship. The fellowship provides $30,000 support and will be awarded to an outstanding senior scholar from any discipline who will advance genocide research through the use of the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive and other USC resources.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The film was honored with the Creative Arts Award, VR – Documentary Jury Prize, at the awards ceremony held at the Warner Bros. Studio in Hollywood.
Monday, April 23, 2018
The former goaltender for a well-known Rwandan team literally owes his life to soccer. Now he uses soccer to promote tolerance and unity. This year, he was recognized by Queen Elizabeth.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Atop the piano in Ruth Katz’s childhood home was a picture of a man she knew only as “Uncle Oskar.”
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
A public lecture by Jean-Marc Dreyfus (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)                                                            2018-2019 Center Research Fellow
Monday, December 3, 2018
Public lecture by Danielle Willard-Kyle (PhD candidate, Rutgers University) 2019 Center Graduate Research Fellow
Monday, December 17, 2018
Public lecture by Lukas Meissel (PhD candidate, Haifa University, Israel) 2018-2019 Greenberg Research Fellow
Sunday, September 27, 2015
“I can’t stand coffee!” she said, leaning forward to me before uttering back to the waitress. “Espresso please!” She giggled a little before telling me that espresso was her little dessert in the morning.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
We have ample historical evidence that hateful words can be as dangerous as physical violence itself. German poet, Heinrich Heine said in 1821, “He who burns books will soon burn people.”
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The conference included a night of films, an academic symposium and a concert, all exploring music as it has been used as a form of resistance to genocides throughout history.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites applications from senior scholars for its 2016-2017 Center Research Fellowship. The fellowship provides $30,000 support and will be awarded to an outstanding senior scholar from any discipline who will advance genocide research through the use of the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive and other USC resources.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
As educators, when we go into teaching, we go in with what some might call ideological visions: This concept that we can and will make a difference; this idea that the children we teach will take the lessons we’ve taught and use them to become productive people long after they leave the four walls of our classroom. As we sit here now, reflecting on our most recent efforts to teach the Holocaust in a profound manner that gives justice and honor to the victims of this atrocity, we feel fortunate that such ideologies are being lived in our classroom.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites applications from senior scholars for its 2017-2018 Center Research Fellowship. The fellowship provides $30,000 support and will be awarded to an outstanding senior scholar from any discipline who will advance genocide research through the use of the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive and other USC resources.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Over the course of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s three-day conference “A Conflict? Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala,” over a dozen scholars from all over the world gave presentations about their research on various aspects of the Guatemalan Genocide. Here is a sample of just a few of those presentations.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research and the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem wish to announce the third joint workshop for advanced PhD candidates working on Holocaust topics.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
What are the pillars of modern democracy and how can democracy be defended in days of crisis? These questions keep coming to me these days, when Poland faces a really serious crisis that so far has caused a huge polarization in Polish society that divides neighbors, colleagues, friends, even families. Being an educator for almost 30 years, teaching first young students, then teenagers and finally teachers about history, civil rights and human rights, I have realized what a huge setback the Polish educational system has suffered.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
A public lecture by Geraldien von Frijtag (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) 2017-2018 Center Research Fellow
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Renowned anthropologist Alexander Hinton gave a public lecture at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research about his new book Man or Monster? The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer, which attempts to offer a deeper understanding of Comrade Duch, the notorious head of the S-21 prison, a notorious facility where between 12,000 and 20,000 people were detained, tortured, and ultimately murdered by the Khmer Rouge.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
We are saddened to hear of the recent passing of Selma Engel, who, after becoming one of the few people to escape Sobibor death camp in Poland during the Holocaust, immediately began telling the world what she saw. She was 96.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
“Talat Pasha’s Killing Orders and Denial of the Armenian Genocide” Taner Akçam (Kaloosdian & Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies, Clark University) March 22, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
At a lecture co-sponsored by USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Professor Taner Akçam of Clark University discussed how he unearthed documents that prove what virtually all genocide scholars have already long asserted about the Armenian Genocide: the killing orders came directly from the Ottoman government.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar in Residence Marion Kaplan of New York University looks at the ways the sexes responded and created unique survival strategies
Friday, August 12, 2016
Maximilian Kolbe, born in Poland in 1894, was a Franciscan friar and Catholic priest. He spent most of his life studying theology and dedicating himself to the church, traveling across Europe and Asia during his lifetime.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Through testimony of genocide survivors from the Visual History Archive, it is possible to examine how stereotypes manifest into society and fuel prejudice.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Katja Schatte, the 2016-2017 Margee and Douglas Greenberg Research Fellow, gave a public lecture at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research focusing on pre and post-reunification Jewish life in East Berlin from the late 1970s through the early 1990s.

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