Obligation to Inform

The Masters of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies sponsors or cosponsors conferences, symposia, and visiting scholars to engage its students and faculty, as well as the general public, in crucial discussions about the origins, interpretations, and memory of genocide. Recent programs include:

  • Israeli Director Yael Hersonski, director, A Film Unfinished, joined by scholar Michael Berenbaum for an analysis of Nazi film propaganda.
  • Daniel Mendelsohn, author of The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, who reflected on his world-wide search for information about the fates of six relatives who perished in the Holocaust.
  • "The Question of Post-Genocide Justice:  The Cambodian Tribunals," with human rights observers from the United Nations and the Open Society Justice Initiative, as well as Loung Ung, a witness to the genocide in Cambodia as a young girl and author of the international best seller, First They Killed my Father.
  • "Genocide and Women,” a workshop on conditions for women under circumstances of genocide and assault, women’s voices as witnesses, and how the study of genocide and women revises our understanding of both
  • "Doctors on the Dark Side,” a symposium on the involvement of physicians and psychologists in state-sponsored torture of terrorism suspects; included NJ premiere of a documentary with the same title by director Martha Davis, who joined the panel
  • “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin,” on the greatest moral and demographic catastrophe in the history of the West – the mass murder of some 14 million people between Berlin and Moscow in the years 1933-1945.  A lecture by Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale University
  • Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss in a staged reading of the play  Commandant. The play, set in a death camp on the brink of liberation, tells the story of an imprisoned actor as he faces the camp’s scheming commander – and the greatest acting challenge of his life.

Other public programs presented in collaboration with university affiliates include:


  • “Slavery in the 21st Century,” Keynote: Kevin Bales ***
  • “Darfur: The First Genocide of the 21st Century,” Keynote: Nicholas Kristof ***
  • “The Genocidal Mind,” an Annual Scholars Conference at Kean University (The Genocidal Mind, ed. Dennis Klein, Paragon, 2005)
  • “Combating Hatred,” Keynote: Morris Dees ***
  • “Empowering Women in the Developing World to Combat Oppression,” Keynote Sheryl WuDunn ***

Visiting Scholars

  • Omer Bartov**
  • Yehuda Bauer**
  • Christopher Browning**
  • Hasia Diner *
  • Deborah Dwork**
  • Yaffa Eliach**
  • Martin Gilbert**
  • Daniel Goldhagen**
  • Yael Hersonski *
  • Jan Karski**
  • Ian Kershaw**
  • Franklin Littell**
  • Daniel Mendelsohn *Raul Hilberg**
  • Sister Rose Thering**
  • Timothy Snyder
  • Michael Walzer*
  • David Wyman**

In collaboration with:

*Jewish Studies Program
**Holocaust Resource Center
***Human Rights Institute

Updated 7/11/12