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In this program, Stephen D. Smith, the Finci Viterbi Executive Director of USC Shoah Foundation, and Mary Pat Higgins, President, and CEO of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, will discuss the cutting-edge new technologies in storytelling and virtual reality and how they are being implemented in the museum space.
/ Tuesday, January 5, 2021
An online lecture by Wolf Gruner, Founding Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, organized by The Wiener Holocaust Library
cagr / Monday, January 11, 2021
The USC Casden Institute presents a Casden Conversation featuring Dr. Wolf Gruner in conversation with Dr. Steve Ross
cagr / Monday, January 11, 2021
Commissioned by Carnegie Hall and presented as part of the 2019 Create Justice forum, The Just and the Blind is a powerful multimedia experience that illuminates the unseen and under-heard experiences of incarcerated youth and their families. Artfully and powerfully combining live performance, short films, and honest conversation, spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, and street-dance pioneer
/ Tuesday, January 12, 2021
This documentary chronicles the Holocaust as experienced in Italy, from the racial laws Mussolini enacted in 1938 through the German invasion in 1943 and the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945. The experiences are made personal through the use of testimony from the archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. Nine Italian citizens, all survivors of Auschwitz, share their stories; their testimonies are woven among personal and historical photographs and additional archival footage.
/ Tuesday, January 19, 2021
1:00 pm PST/4:00 pm EST/8:00 am AEDT (+1)  Join USC Annenberg for a conversation about combatting anti-Semitism in the United States.
/ Friday, January 22, 2021
11:30 am PST/2:30 pm EST/6:30 am AEDT (+1) The film will be available to stream for a fee of $12 between Jan. 25-28.  Live Virtual Conversation event is free and features:  Zuzanna Surowy, Lead Actress  Steven Oritt, Director/Producer Mickey Shapiro, Executive Producer, USC Shoah  Foundation Board of Councilors Exec. Committee Member Moderated by Stephen D. Smith, Co-Producer and Finci-Viterbi Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation 
/ Friday, January 22, 2021
Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses explores the journeys of Liberators and Liberation Witnesses drawing parallels between the past and present. These one-of-a-kind stories of World War II heroes serve as a compelling reminder of what is at stake as antisemitism and xenophobia have reached a new crisis level, and as a call to action to stand against hatred in all its forms.
/ Friday, January 22, 2021
Join USC Shoah Foundation and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center for a digital ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new Dimensions in Testimony exhibit, a new, permanent exhibit at Union Terminal that utilizes artificial-intelligence technology to facilitate “virtual conversations” with Holocaust survivors.
/ Friday, January 29, 2021
Alan Moskin is the first WWII Liberator to be filmed for Dimensions in Testimony, detailing his harrowing experience of liberating Gunskirchen concentration camp in Austria. Visitors to The National WWII Museum will be able to interact with Alan's biography beginning 4 February.
/ Friday, January 29, 2021
An online lecture by Wolf Gruner (Founding Director, USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research) Organized by the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre and The Base Cosponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research
cagr / Friday, February 5, 2021
An online lecture by Florian Zabransky (PhD candidate at the Weidenfeld Institute–Centre for German-Jewish Studies at University of Sussex, UK) 2020-2021 Margee and Douglas Greenberg Research Fellow Organized by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research Cosponsored by the USC Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies
cagr, GAM / Wednesday, February 10, 2021
In this lecture, Alan Rosen considers the special manner of witness found in Holocaust-era calendars composed in ghettos, in camps, and in hiding. The marking of fast days and festivals tell a remarkable story; the form, organization, and languages of the calendars convey a related one. And as with testimony in general, what is omitted—a date or a month, a name or a script—speaks volumes. At times, moreover, such calendars served as vehicles for sacred writings, images and symbols as well as for camouflaged defiance. The lecture is based on his recent book The Holocaust’s Jewish Calendars: Keeping Time Sacred, Making Time Holy.
cagr, GAM / Wednesday, February 10, 2021
The Casden Faculty and Graduate Student Research Seminar invite you to a discussion with Jennifer Thompson, Maurice Amado Professor of Applied Jewish Ethics and Civic Engagement, California State University, Northridge
sth / Wednesday, February 10, 2021
IWitness has created a new series of 10-minute, daily testimony-based lessons for students that support social-emotional learning and can extend student learning with Echoes & Reflections. Using testimony clips on the themes of identity, gratitude, and resilience, this webinar will model the activities that are now available for classroom use.
/ Thursday, February 11, 2021
An online lecture by Lauren Cantillon (PhD candidate in the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries at King’s College London, UK) 2020-2021 Robert J. Katz Research Fellow in Genocide Studies Organized by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research Cosponsored by the USC Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies
cagr, GAM / Thursday, February 11, 2021
USC Shoah Foundation’s Dimensions in Testimony enables people to ask questions that prompt real-time responses from pre-recorded video interviews with Holocaust survivors and other witnesses to genocide. This innovative project integrates advanced filming techniques, specialized display technologies, and next generation natural language processing to create an interactive biography that humanizes the individual story. Pairing Dimensions in Testimony with Echoes & Reflections helps educators pair historical context and effective pedagogical principles with this new and impactful technology. During this webinar, teachers will discover the variety of ways that they can meet and interact with Holocaust survivor, Pinchas Gutter.
/ Thursday, February 11, 2021
The short-animated film, The Tattooed Torah brings to life the true story of the rescue and restoration of a small Torah from Brno, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) The film provides students an opportunity to reflect on fundamental themes of family, hope, resilience, and cultural traditions appropriate for the K-5 audience. In this webinar, educators will learn effective strategies for primary level students on how to integrate The Tattooed Torah and supporting testimony-based resources, now available on IWitness.
/ Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Award winning documentary, Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses explores the journeys of Liberators and Liberation Witnesses drawing parallels between the past and present. These one-of-a-kind stories of World War II heroes serve as a compelling reminder of what is at stake as antisemitism and xenophobia are on the rise again, and as a call to action to stand against hatred in all its forms.
/ Tuesday, February 23, 2021
How does technology aid in teaching the lessons of the Holocaust? Join USC Shoah Foundation Finci-Viterbi Executive Director, Stephen Smith as he delivers a keynote address on the subject of Technology in Holocaust Education at the Liberation 75 Professional Development Symposium for Teachers.
/ Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Join USC Shoah Foundation Finci-Viterbi Executive Director, Stephen Smith and Executive Director of Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre, Simon K. Li as they discuss the future of Holocaust education in Asia.
/ Tuesday, February 23, 2021
What can we do to stand up to hatred? Join Liberation75, Toronto District School Board, Peel District School Board and USC Shoah Foundation to reflect with your students on how stories bring us together, and on how Holocaust survivors and liberators can guide us in being stronger than hate.
/ Tuesday, February 23, 2021
After escaping a Jewish ghetto in occupied Poland, 13-year-old Sara Guralnik hid in plain sight, passing as an orthodox Christian in the Ukrainian countryside, where she was taken in by a farmer and his wife who did not know her true identity. The award-winning film My Name Is Sara tells the story of her courage and her harrowing journey. Hear about Sara’s inspiring story and her legacy from her granddaughter and son, the film director, and the actress who portrays her, with context provided by a Museum historian.
/ Monday, March 8, 2021
Join Rachael Cerrotti, Storyteller in Residence at USC Shoah Foundation as well as an award-winning photographer, writer, educator, and audio producer, for a special segment in The Ghetto Fighters' House international online lecture series "Talking Memory."
/ Tuesday, March 16, 2021
An online event with Lucy Sun (USC undergraduate student, History major) and Rachel Zaretsky (MFA candidate in Art, USC Roski School of Art and Design) 2020 Beth and Arthur Lev Student Research Fellows Organized by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research
cagr, GAM / Wednesday, March 17, 2021
How can a podcast encapsulate a generational turning point, reveal hidden histories, and make connections between Alfred Hitchcock and the Holocaust? When it is based on USC Shoah's Foundation's Visual History Archive of 55,000 audiovisual testimonies. With testimonies from over 60 countries and many experience groups including the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, the possibilities for connections and intersections are many.
GAM / Thursday, March 18, 2021
Watch a virtual panel discussion on the topic of Hate speech and the prevention of genocide through education hosted by UNESCO, jointly with the Permanent Delegation of Rwanda to UNESCO. Finci-Viterbi Executive Director Stephen Smith will be joined by many experts from around the world during this virtual panel discussion marking International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
GAM / Thursday, March 25, 2021
Presented by The Miller Center for Community Protection & Resilience, Rutgers University, International March of the Living and Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust, in cooperation with USC Shoah Foundation.
GAM / Friday, March 26, 2021
Among the Holocaust survivors participating are those who survived due to the selfless acts of medical professionals. Participants in the Virtual March from across the globe were filmed using innovative 3D technology so they appear to be marching along the traditional March of the Living route at Auschwitz – Birkenau.
GAM / Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Join Ohio Governor Mike DeWine as he hosts the 41st Annual Governor’s Holocaust Commemoration.
GAM / Tuesday, March 30, 2021

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