UNL Jewish Studies Colloquium Series



ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017:

September 6, 2016:

Professor Waitman Beorn, Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Professor Walter Manoschek, University of Vienna, "If that is So, Then I am a Murderer." The story of Waffen SS member Adolph Storms and the massacre of Hungarian Jews in March, 1945. Bailey Library, 6.30pm.

October 19th - 7:00pm:

Professor Pamela Potter, University of Wisconsin-Madison, speaking on a chapter of her new book, Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts, in which she deals with the influence of exiles from Nazi Germany on perceptions of Nazi Culture.  She will focus explicitly on how many of the German-Jewish exiles play out the struggles of defining their identities in shaping these perceptions that still inform our writing of history. Room: Andrews 228

November 15th - 4:00pm:

Ari Massefski, associate with Friends of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, will speak to students about study abroad in Israel and at the Arava Institute. Student Union, 4.00-5.30pm. Pizza will be served.

April 2nd, 2017:

25th Anniversry of Harris Center Opening: lecture and reception.

April 3rd, 2017:

Lecture in Forensic Archaeology: Next April, Caroline Sturdy Colls, an archaeologist from Britain, who is well known for her work identifying and documenting the remains of Nazi concentration camps, will be spending a week lecturing to us/UNL and area universities.  She will be with us for a few days.  During that time she will present a public lecture on Monday, April 3.

March or April, 2017:

Sommerhauser Workshop on Holocaust Education: Theme will relate to rescuers and how their roles are to be conveyed/taught. Profs. Gerald Steinacher and Ari Kohen are organizing this event.




Past Lectures:

Feb. 20, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Jean Cahan, Director of Harris Center for Judaic Studies
“Theorizing Nationalism and Zionism”

Mar. 13, time TBA

Benjamin Frommer, Director of the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence
“Unmixing Marriage: Czecho-German and Jewish-Gentile Intermarried Families in Bohemia and Moravia, 1938-1948”

Frommer is a historian of twentieth-century Central and Eastern Europe. His work has focused on topics of genocide and ethnic cleansing, collaboration and resistance, transitional justice, and nationalism. He is the author of National Cleansing: Retribution against Nazi Collaborators in Postwar Czechoslovakia (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005), which was published in Czech translation by Academia Publishers (Prague, 2010). His current book project, The Ghetto Without Walls: The Identification, Isolation, and Elimination of Bohemian and Moravian Jewry, 1938-1948, examines the wartime destruction of one of the world's most integrated and intermarried Jewish communities.

More on Ben at http://www.history.northwestern.edu/people/frommer.html.

Friday, April 18, 12:30-1:30

Professor Waitman Beorn, Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Professor Beorn will speak on his recently -published book, Marching Into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus(Harvard University Press 2014).