Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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2016-2017 Events
Free and Open to the Public

29 September, 2016
7:30pm Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall

Worcester Chamber Music Society Presents: Into the Abyss

Pre-concert talk with Rohan Gregory, 7:00pm

Olivier Messiaen composed his Quartet for the End of Time while incarcerated in a Nazi detentiona camp. The piece is deeply imbued, not with the anger which those outside felt towards these camps, but with a profound sense of spiritual escape. Combined with the stark and evocative Copland Piano Quartet, the bold and rhythmic And Life Like Froth Doth Throb for Viola and Cello by Eric Moe, and the excuberance of Schulhoff "s Flute Sonata, this program is a tour de force of great Twentieth Century musical vision. For more information email

5 October, 2016
3:00pm Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons

The Failed Military Coup in Turkey and Being an Armenian Deputy in Ankara

Speaker: Garo Paylan, Armenian Deputy of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.  Listen to audio from the event.

Garo Paylan represents Istanbul as a deputy in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.  He is a member of the Peoples' Democratic Party (known as the pro-Kurdish party) and one of the first Armenian members of Turkey's parliament in decades.  Renowned as a thorn in the side of the Turkish government, especially ultra-nationalists, Paylan has delivered several courageous parliamentary speeches including one with the picture of Armenian deputies of the Ottoman Parliament during the genocide.  As a result, he has been the suject of physical attacks and hate speech. 

Paylan will dusicuss recent political developments in Turkey, including the latest coup attempt and subsequent developments, Kurdish questions, and his personal experience as an Armenian deputy in the Turkish parliament.

6 October, 2016
4:30pm Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons

The Challenges in Indian Country in the 21st Century: Planning, Law, Community.

Speakers: Judy Dworkin and David Pijawka, in conversation with Jody Emel and Thomas Kühne, Clark University. Listen to audio from the event.

Judy Dworkin is Head of Indian Law and Tribal Relations Practice Group for SacksTierney Law in Phoenix, Arizona.  She is appellate justice of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Council Court, judge pro tem for the Tohoono O'odham Nation and special judge to the Fallon-Paiute Shoshone Tribe.  She is also a solicitor to the Hualapai Tribe.  She also teaches at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. 

David Pijawka is associate Director, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University.  He is also Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.  He has been involved in various community projects, including the evaluation of Scottsdale's Green Building program and workshops on Tribal community planning. 

20 October, 2016
4:00pm Dana Commons, Higgins Lounge

The Chester Bland-Dwight E. Lee Lecture: Settler Colonialism, Native Peoples, and Imperial Balances of Power in Colonial North America

Speaker: Daniel K. Richter (University of Pennsylvania)

Scholars often interpret relations between Europeans and Indigenous Peoples in terms of "settler colonialism," which was predicated on the elimination of Native societies.  But European Settlers in North America were almost always constrained by power relationships in which Native Peoples held the upper hand and by contests amoung multiple European Empires. 

Daniel K. Richter is the Richard S Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Eearly American Studies and the Roy F. and Jeanneatte P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylviania.  He is the author of many articles and four important books, including Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

This lecture is supported by the Chester and Shirley Bland History Fund established in 1969 in honor of Professor Dwight E. Lee.  The fund brings distinguished historians to Clark University to present their scholarship in a free and open public lecture. 

26 October, 2016
7:30 pm Tilton Hall

Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony: The Case of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps

Speaker: Christopher Browning (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).  Listen to audio from the event.

Dr. Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ,and the author of serveral landmark works in the field of Holocaust istory, including Ordinalry Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (Harper Collins, 1992); and Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp (W.W. Norton, 2010). His talk will examine the history of the Starachowice labor camp in central Poland, where between 1942 and 1944 thousands of Jews were forced to work under brutal conditions to produce munitions for the German war effort.  The Testimonies of the nearly three hundred camp survivors comprise some of the only evidence of the camp's existence, and Professor Browning's lecture will pay particular attention to the methodological challenges historians face when using survivor testimony to document the crimes of the Nazi regime. 

This lecture was made possible through the generous support of Clark University alumni Judi and Lawrence Bohn.  Co-sponsored by the W. Arthur Garrity Sr. Professorship in Human Nature, Ethics and Society at the College of the Holy Cross, the Philosophy Department at Worcester State University, and the Departments of History and Political Science at Clark University.


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