The Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Kean University
All events, except as noted, are free ($10 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public. For directions to Kean University and to event venues, click here. Except as noted events do not require advance registration and are cosponsored by the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Jewish Studies Program, Holocaust Resource Center, and Human Rights Institute. Free parking permitted in white-line spaces only.
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Thursday, April 19 1-5pm and Friday, April 20 9-5pm: 4th Master Seminar on Post-Genocide: Justice After Atrocity? Facilitated by Lawrence Douglass, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought, Amherst College in the Human Rights Institute. This year’s seminar is designed especially for college seniors and faculty and is by invitation only. If you are interested in participating and presenting your research, submit an 250-word abstract by March 1 of a paper in progress or recently completed dealing with the seminar theme to email@example.com. The seminar is cosponsored by the Reflections in the Aftermath of War and Genocide Consortium, a coalition of scholars and practitioners committed to exploring the aftermaths of genocide affiliated with Cornell University, Kean University, Georgia State University, and Yale University.
Thursday, April 19 7:30pm: "Crimes of War, Crimes of Atrocity: The Possibility of Justice," a lecture by Lawrence Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought, Amherst College. Beginning at Nuremberg, prosecutors and jurists have labored to bring the perpetrators of the worst war crimes and crimes against humanity to justice. Drawing on trials involving perpetrators of the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide and the Yugoslavian civil war, this lecture will provide insight into the successes – and shortcomings – of these remarkable efforts. Located in Kean Hall 127.
Friday, April 20, 9-5 pm: Resumption of the 4th Master Seminar on Post-Genocide. See April 19, above.
Tuesday, April 24 at 3:30-4:30pm: "Can Educators Prevent Genocide?" Graduate faculty Drs. Jan Balakian, Sue Gronewold, and Dennis Klein, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies masters degree candidate Mary Cokeing, challenge the belief that teaching tolerance and respect for others can significantly reduce the chances for genocide. Human Rights Institute, Rm. 201
Tuesday, April 24 4:30-5:30pm: "Enter 'The Bystander': The 1964 Murder of Kitty Genovese," Graduate faculty Drs. Dennis Klein and Don Marks, and graduate student Arielle Bernstein, revisit the Kitty Genovese murder to explore the heightening of attention to “the bystander” inspired by this case; the subsequent fascination with alleged bystander indifference even when, as scholars and forensic specialists discovered, witnesses to Kitty Genovese’s murder were few and, in at least one instance, intervened; and how the bystander fascination has overshadowed the real story of street violence. Located in the Human Rights Institute.
Tuesday, April 24 7:30-9:00pm: "Casablanca, Hitler’s Refugees, and the Hollywood Screen," A PowerPoint lecture by Noah Isenberg. Casablanca (1942), one of the all-time most cherished love stories and wartime dramas of the studio era is, surprisingly, one of the earliest and most successful feature films to address, often furtively, the menace of National Socialism, the flight of European refugees, and the dozens of refugees at work on both sides of the camera. Noah Isenberg, Professor of Culture and Media at the New School, in New York City, and author of We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie, sheds new light on these often neglected aspects of this iconic film. Located in CAS 106.
Wednesday, April 25 at 3:00-4:30pm: "The Historical Legacy of Kristallnacht: Is Violence a Precondition of Genocide?" A graduate student panel. Students Michael Carter, Isabella Costa, Sarah Coykendall, and Ellen Johnson, degree candidates in the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program, will explore the links between severe but limited violence and mass murder – in Germany and elsewhere; Human Rights Institute, Rm. 201.
Wednesday, April 25 at 4:30-6:30pm: Emerging Research in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. A graduate thesis forum. Exceptional degree candidates in the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program present the results of their original research on Germany, Darfur, Haiti, U.S. reactions to genocide, and on recent developments in education; Human Rights Insitute, Rm. 201.