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Facebook image-2 copy.pngAs we approach the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Program and the Institute for Global Studies will be hosting three days of events to commemorate this centennial. The events will include the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lecture featuring Professor Bedross Der Matossian, which is open to the public (April 23), a student conference, entitled "One Hundred Years of Genocide" (April 24), open to the public, and a K-16 teacher workshop (April 25).

The objectives of these events are to promote public understanding of the genocide and the fates of those who lost their lives and those who escaped. The events will also analyze responses by the international community, and discuss the long-term implications for international policy and actions to prevent and respond to genocide.

Thursday, April 23, 7:00pm
Bedross Der Matossian, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
"The Armenian Genocide Historiography on the Eve of the Centennial: From Continuity to Contingency"

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Humphrey Forum
open to the public

Friday, April 24, 8:45am - 5:00pm
100 Years of Genocide - Student Conference

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room #25
open to the public

Saturday, April 25, 8:45am - 3:00pm
World War I and the Armenian Genocide - Teacher Workshop

1210 Heller Hall

Saturday, April 25, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Guided Tour of Bdote, sacred Dakota site at Ft. Snelling State Park

led by Professor Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair

Events organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Human Rights Program, Institute for Global Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, and Ohanessian Chair. Made possible by the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.

Saturday, April 25
11:00am - 1:00pm
Ft. Snelling State Park

Guided Tour for U of M Graduate Students (by registration)
Lunch and shuttle bus between campus / Ft. Snelling provided
Space is limited!
Please email for details and to reserve your spot.


We are living, learning, and working in a particular place with a long, fascinating, troubling, and frequently unknown story. One goal for this tour is that participants begin to experience the place we live in as Mnisota Makoce, the Dakota Homelands. We will be visiting several Dakota sacred sites located in an area that would later be called the Twin Cities. How has colonization impacted Dakota use and access to these places? How have Dakota people asserted a continuing relationship with these places? This tour will provide participants with a more nuanced and complicated understanding of the place we call home.


Iyekiyapiwiƞ Darlene St. Clair is an Associate Professor at Saint Cloud State University where she teaches American Indian Studies and directs the Multicultural Resource Center. Her work focuses on several areas: Dakota Studies, the integration of Native cultures, histories and languages into curricula and educational institutions, and the arts and cultural expressions of Native peoples. She is Bdewakaƞtuƞwaƞ Dakota and an enrolled member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community in Minnesota.

Thursday, April 23
9:30 - 11:30am
Northrop Auditorium

China Day is an annual half-day event that brings together Minnesota high school students who study Chinese at the University of Minnesota. Keynote speakers include a panel of "Shanghailanders," individuals who lived in Shanghai as Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. Panelist will speak about their life in Shanghai and share with students what Shanghai was like during a critical time in history. The theme coincides with an exhibit that the Confucius Institute will be sponsoring, Jewish Refugees in Shanghai.

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Alejandro Baer, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and professor in the Department of Sociology.

Luncheon program featuring Victoria Barnett
Director of Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, April 22, 11:45am
Mt. Zion Temple, St. Paul
For reservations:


Francesc Torres: What does History Know of Nail Biting?
Tuesday, April 21
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Lindahl Founders Room, Northrop Auditorium
University of Minnesota


What does History Know of Nail Biting? the latest multi-channel video work from acclaimed Barcelona-born American artist Francesc Torres, examines the extraordinary history of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a group of American volunteers who went to fight for the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), juxtaposing recently recovered archival footage of these soldiers and their battles with recent documentation of the sites of major military encounters.

Organized by the Iberian Studies Initiative in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies; the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; the Institute for Advanced Study; the Departments of Art, Art History, and History; Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, U of M Duluth; and Spanish Discipline, The Division of Humanities, U of M Morris.

Irene Berman
"We are going to Pick Potatoes", Norway and the Holocaust, the Untold Story

Thursday, April 23
11:15 - 12:30pm
350 Anderson Hall
West Bank, University of Minnesota
open to the public


Irene Levin Berman was born and raised in Norway. As a young child in 1942 she escaped to Sweden, a neutral country during World War II, to avoid annihilation. Nazi Germany had invaded Norway and the deportation of two thousand Norwegian Jews had begun. Seven members of her father's immediate family were among the 771 victims who were unable to escape and were murdered in Auschwitz.

In 2005 Irene was forced to begin to examine the label of being a Holocaust survivor. Her strong dual identity as a Norwegian and a Jew led her to explore previously unopened doors in her mind. "We Are Going to Pick Potatoes" Norway and the Holocaust, The Untold Story is not a narrative of the Holocaust alone, but the remembrances of growing up Jewish in Norway during and after WWII.

For more information see

This event will meet with Adam Blackler's "History of the Holocaust" course, but is free and open to the public. Please join us.

Thursday, April 16
HGMV Workshop

Yagmur Karakaya and Alejandro Baer:
"Remembering to Forget? Holocaust Commemoration in Turkey and Spain"

710 Social Sciences

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As a consequence of diverse but converging transnational efforts many countries around the world have gradually introduced an annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, celebrated with a state-sponsored memorial ceremony. How do these transnational top-down politics of memory translate into the designated national settings? Does promoting public awareness and remembrance of the Holocaust affect societies' understandings, attitudes and responses towards past and current forms of mass violence and human rights violations? Preliminary findings of two case studies - Turkey and Spain- will be presented.

Xu Xin (Nanjing University, China), "Jews in Modern China"
Monday, April 13, 5:00pm
3M Auditorium
Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
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