March 2013 Archives

Documentary by Austrian filmmaker Susan Brandstätter
Wednesday, April 3
7:00 p.m.
Bell Museum of Natural History Auditorium

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Director Susan Brandstätter will be present for a Q & A session after the film with Alejandro Baer, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Using the Khmer Rouge Tribunal as a starting point, Susanne Brandstätter takes a deeper look into the lives of young people on the brink of adulthood. As the trial accusing a perpetrator of the Pol Pot regime progresses, it becomes a catalyst for a new generation of Cambodians questioning their parents, families and neighbors about the inhumanities their nation has suffered.

Sponsored by Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Center for Austrian Studies.

Monday, April 8, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Adath Jeshurun Congregation
10500 Hillside Lane West, Minnetonka, MN 55305

The 2013 Twin Cities Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemoration will feature Eli Rosenbaum, Director of the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. Rosenbaum is the longest serving prosecutor and investigator of Nazi criminals in history.

The annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration honors the memory of the six million Jews and other victims murdered in the Holocaust. As is tradition at Yom HaShoah, Holocaust survivors are invited to light candles in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Members of the Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota (CHAIM) will assist in the lighting of candles.

The Yom HaShoah Commemoration is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota (CHAIM), Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, and Minneapolis Jewish Federation.

"Mobile Memories: Collective Memory of Mass Violence in Spain and the (ex) Yugoslavia"
Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies
Friday, March 29, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Room 710 Social Sciences

Spain and (ex)Yugoslavia have followed a seemingly parallel historical path in the twentieth century, including similar experiences of rising nationalisms, civil wars, dictatorships, transitions to democracy, and subsequent struggles over collective memory. Erma examines the interrelations between the collective memories of civil war and mass violence in both places (including new ex-Yugoslav states). Her goal is to explore how collective memory works between them and show how cultural production in one influences the other and vice versa. This exchange, along with their global and multigenerational influences, represents "mobile memories," for which a study of interdisciplinary sources is crucial.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop please contact Shannon Golden at golde118@umn.edu.

Remaining Workshop Schedule:

April 11: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (609 Social Sciences)
Matthias Falter, " 'Antifascist Consensus' & the 'Club of Political Correctness': Addressing National Socialism in Austrian Parliamentary Debates on Right-wing Extremism"

April 25: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
Hiromi Mizuno, "When Crimes Cannot Be Punished: the Comfort Women Issue and International Human Rights Law"

May 3: Friday, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
Courtney Gildersleeve

May 9: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
Eric Harkleroad

The Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
are pleased to announce The 3rd Annual Inna Meiman Human Rights Award.

Recognizing undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota who have made significant personal contributions in the promotion and protection of human rights.

This award will be given in recognition of the friendship between Inna Meiman, a Soviet era Jewish refusnik who was repeatedly denied a visa to seek medical treatment, and Lisa Paul, a graduate of the University of Minnesota who fought tirelessly on her behalf, including a 25-day hunger strike that galvanized a movement for Inna's freedom. The friendship between Lisa Paul and Inna Meiman is memorialized in the book, Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope.

The award is intended to recognize a University of Minnesota student who embodies a commitment to human rights. The Awardee will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 12, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History, University of Minnesota Announce a Call for Applicants for the Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

The Fellowship is for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Badzin Fellowship will pay a living stipend of $18,000, and the cost of tuition, mandatory fees and health insurance.

Eligibility: An applicant must be a current student in a Ph.D. program in the College of Liberal Arts, currently enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of study, and have a doctoral dissertation project in Holocaust and genocide studies. The fellowship will be awarded on the basis of the quality and scholarly potential of the dissertation project, the applicant's quality of performance in the graduate program, and the applicant's general scholarly promise.

Required application materials:
1) A letter of application (maximum 4 pages single-spaced) describing the applicant's intellectual interests and dissertation research and the research and/or writing which the applicant expects to do during the fellowship year

2) A current curriculum vitae for the applicant

3) An unofficial transcript of all graduate work done at the University of Minnesota

4) TWO confidential letters of recommendation from U of MN faculty, discussing the quality of the applicant's graduate work and dissertation project and the applicant's progress toward completing the degree, sent directly to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (chgs.umn.edu).

All application materials must be received by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies electronically chgs.umn.edu, no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, March 15, 2013. The awardee will be announced no later than Friday, April 26, 2013.


Nażicapi (Exile)
The Dakota Exile: Impact and Resistance

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"The Sioux Indians of Minnesota must be exterminated or driven forever beyond the borders of the state."

Message of Governor Ramsey to the Legislature of Minnesota: September 9, 1862.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
7:00 p.m.
275 Nicholson Hall
Free and Open to the Public

A Panel Discussion Featuring:
Iyekiyapiwiƞ Darlene St. Clair: Moderator, introduction and context for the exile order.
C̣aƞte Máza Neil McKay: Terminology and impacts of "benevolent" language. How Euro-Minnesotans benefited from the Dakota Exile.
Ahdipiwiƞ Katherine Beane: Impacts of the Exile and the efforts to rescind the exile order.
Ṡiṡokaduta Joe Bendickson: Dakota language revitalization.

Introductions by:
Alejandro Baer, Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Jean O'Brien, Chair, Department of American Indian studies

Perceptions of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies
Thursday, March 14
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Room 710 Social Sciences

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International criminal tribunals are internally and externally contested spaces, and they necessarily operate in political environments. In the case of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), domestic groups have vocally challenged the legitimacy of the ICTY and its ability to do justice. Importantly, domestic public perception of the court appears to be divorced from the actual operations of the court.

In this presentation, Taylor seeks to better explain the apparent disconnect between the relative successes of ICTY in terms of its intended outputs and domestic public perception of the court in the Balkans. Her focus is the interaction of actors within the Balkans--how they propagate different narratives about the work of the ICTY and how these contestations affect domestic public perception of the court. In particular, she investigates the role of political elites, civil society organizations, and the media.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop please contact Shannon Golden at golde118@umn.edu.

Remaining Workshop Schedule:

March 29: Friday, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
Erma Nezirevic, "Mobile Memories: Collective Memory of Mass Violence in Spain and the (ex) Yugoslavia"

April 11: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (609 Social Sciences)
Matthias Falter, " 'Antifascist Consensus' & the 'Club of Political Correctness': Addressing National Socialism in Austrian Parliamentary Debates on Right-wing Extremism"

April 26: Friday, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)

May 9: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (710 Social Sciences)
Eric Harkleroad

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