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KHC/NEH Library Guides & Programs

Explore our comprehensive library guides and recorded events from our National Endowment for the Humanities annual colloquium.
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The Holocaust in a Global Context (2013-14)

In 2005, the United Nations unanimously passed a resolution against genocide that not only embraced the idea of remembering the Holocaust but pledged to support the development of teaching about the Holocaust, condemn ethnic and religious violence and help prevent future acts of genocide. Along with survivors who gave personal testimony during class visits, the colloquium and library guide provided scholarship and an interdisciplinary perspective to help students understand the past and make connections to the world that they know. Click here to watch the events.

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Testimony Across the Disciplines: Cultural & Artistic Responses to Genocide (2014-15)

This interdisciplinary pedagogy project and accompanying library guide integrated QCC’s cultural and academic resources amongst 300 students, 20 faculty members, 10 academic disciplines and 5 colleges. The project incorporated QCC students’ research and cultural and artistic responses to genocide (and organized hate) through work with genocide scholars, Holocaust survivors, research collaborations, writing workshops, cultural/artistic immersions, a capstone art/research exhibit, and a music, dance and poetry recital. Click here to watch the events.

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Gender, Mass Violence & Genocide (2015-16)

This colloquium focused on gender-sensitive scholarship within the field of genocide studies, including a library guide on mass violence and genocide. The series had two foci: the first being how gender structures and mediates experiences of mass violence and genocide, including the nature of pre-genocidal propaganda, the agency and victimization of men and women, and the use and effects of certain genocidal tools (e.g., sexual violence, selective mass killing, and slavery). The second is how attention to gender can help to predict, prevent, and reconcile mass violence and genocide. Click here to watch the events.

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Fleeing Genocide: Displacement, Exile & the Refugee (2016-17)

This colloquium put the past in conversation with the present by exploring the history of genocide and refugees. Its intent was to move QCC’s students and community past abstract compassion, into an investigation of the reality of genocide and the trauma of displacement. The programs and accompanying library guide explored the genocides that create refugee populations, and examined the challenges facing refugee populations as they seek to find asylum in countries and communities that are often resistant to accepting them. Click here to watch the events.

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Collaboration & Complicity (2017-18)

Holocaust scholarship has increasingly transitioned from focusing exclusively on the perpetrators of violence against the Jewish population towards the enablers of Nazi policy and genocidal aims, which includes mass complicity and collaboration. Moreover, the role that individuals played as either rescuers or collaborators spotlights the potential regular civilians can play in terms of either resisting forces of evil or enabling its expansion. The colloquium and accompanying library guide used a social psychological lens to evaluate the way that dominant institutions and situational factors impacted the behaviors (or passivity) of individual bystanders and larger communities. Click here to watch the events.

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Survivance on Turtle Island: Engaging with Native American Cultural Survival, Resistance & Allyship (2018-19)

This colloquium introduced audiences to histories of indigenous people on this continent and the concept of “Survivance.” Survivance has come to encompass a narrative of survival, cultural revival, and resistance that is in opposition to victimhood. The second part of the title, “Turtle Island,” is the name given to this continent by the Eastern Woodland groups of Native Americans which encompass the Iroquois Nation, the Anishinaabe and the Lenape, the latter being the first inhabitants of the region–and Queens borough. Click here to watch the events.

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Authoritarianism on the Continuum: Complicity, Opposition and Dissent (2019-20)

This colloquium focused on the increasing popularity of right-wing authoritarian movements, parties, and regimes around the world. Echoing leaders of the past, current strands of authoritarianism gain power and maintain legitimacy by drawing on the complicity, despair, and apathy of some portions of the populace alongside the enthusiastic support of others. At the same time, it generates myriad forms of opposition and resistance, including artistic activity, public protest, covert subversion, and open rebellion. Click here to watch the events.

Online Resources

Discover ways to enrich your instruction of the Holocaust through recommended classroom materials, film and video archives, and comprehensive lists of resources from our sister Holocaust organizations both here and abroad.
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Humanistic Pedagogy Across the Disciplines

This volume features insights from five years of intensive Holocaust-related education at QCC and offers four approaches–Arts-Based, Textual, Outcomes-Based, and Social Justice–to designing innovative, integrative, and differentiated pedagogies for today’s imperatives and college students. It covers the theoretical foundations of each approach, and it includes faculty reflections on the programs, instructional strategies, and student reactions that brought the approaches to life across the disciplines. Click here for the library guide.

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance resources booklet

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

IHRA’s newly revised recommendations for teaching and learning about the Holocaust.

KHC's Collection

Search QCC's Library for books and films related to the Holocaust and genocide studies

Books

A 6,000-volume library filled with books, both nonfiction and fiction, related to the topics of the Holocaust along with other genocides

Videos/Film

Over 1,200 movies, television programs, and documentaries that are based on the Holocaust and other genocides from the mid-1970s until the present