Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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2015-2016 Events
Free and Open to the Public

15 April, 2016
7:30 pm Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts

President's Lecture: Colonial Genocides in Native North America - Varying Methods and Approaches

Speaker: Ned Blackhawk (Yale University)

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A member of the Te-moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada, Blackhawk is a Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University, where he coordinates the Yale Group for the Study of Native America.  He is the author of Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West (Harvard, 2006), a study of the American Great Basin, which garnered numerous professional prizes, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize from the organization of American Historians.  In his lecture, he will examine approaches to the study of genocide in native North America.  He will chart the increased attention to the indigenous genocide in Canadian history and explore the reasons for the ongoing erasure of the subject in the study of U.S. history. 

Keynote Lecture for a Special Symposium of the Strassler Center

With the generous support of Ellen Carno '79 and Neil Leifer '76


16 April, 2016
8:45am - 6:30pm Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons

Genocide of Native Americans? Indigenous Identity and Mass Violence in North America

Open to the Public             For panelist information please click here.


8:45 am: Welcome
Thomas Kühne, Clark University

9-10 am: “The History of Violence, the Violence of History: Locating Genocide in the North American Past”
Karl Jacoby, Columbia University    Listen to the audio

10:15-11:15 am: “The U.S. Legal History and the On-Going Genocide of Native Americans”
Angelique EagleWoman, University of Idaho    Listen to the audio

11:30-12:30 pm: “The State is a Man: Theresa Spencer, Lorraine Saunders and the Gendered Cost of Settler Sovereignty in Canada”
Audra Simpson, Columbia University    Listen to the audio

2-3 pm: “Genocide in the Americas: Complexities, Contradictions, and Contested Narratives”
Alex Alvarez, Northern Arizona University

3:15-4:15 pm: “Historical Trauma as the Legacy of Genocide in American Indian Communities: Complications and Critiques”
Joseph P.Gone, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor     Listen to the audio

4:30-5:30 pm: “So-ver(y)-e(mp)ty in the Space of Abjection: U.S. sovereign immunity, Indigenous Truth-seeking and historical clarification the Shadow of the Wall, Ndé narrative, memorialization, and reparation processes, 2007-2015.”
Margo Tamez, University of British Columbia     Listen to the audio

5:30-6:30 pm: Concluding Discussion
Moderation: Ken MacLean, Clark University

21 March, 2016
4:15pm, Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House

"Privileged" Victims: Intermarried Families in Nazi Central Europe

Speaker: Benjamin Frommer (Northwestern University, Holocaust Education Foundation)

In the Nazi hierarchy of persecution, intermarried Jews and their children formed a separate category of victims.  Jews who had married Gentiles or converted to Christianity were subject to antisemitic persecution, expropriation, and the threat of arrest.  At the same time, they had stronger ties to majority communities, were exempted from certain restrictions and transports, and survived the war in far greater numbers than “full” Jews.  In short, they became the “last Jews” present in Gentile communities.  Frommer explores the Nazi state's gendered policies towards these intermarried families and examines their responses to isolation and separation over the course of the war and after.

3 March, 2016
4:00 pm Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House

The Long Reach of Genocide: The Indonesian Killings of 1965-1966 and the Pursuit of Justice

Speaker: Bradley Simpson (University of Connecticut)

Bradley Simpson examines the ongoing struggle for truth and accountability for the Indonesian genocide of 1965-1966, in which at least 500,000 to 1,000,000 civilians were killed by the Indonesian Army. He will also discuss the disturbing role of the United States in these killings, and its continued relevance for US foreign policy, as well as contemporary efforts to prevent future genocides.

3 March, 2016
7:30pm, Jefferson 218

The Act of Killing a film by Joshua Oppenheimer

In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers, and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.

Expanding on his lecture earlier in the day, Bradley Simpson (University of Connecticut) will comment on the film and answer questions.

For past events please refere to our Speaker Archives page.