Creating Advocates for Social Change
Through exhibits, events, fellowships and survivor speakers, students and the broader community grasp the significance of the past, the dangers that remain and a sense of themselves as advocates for societal change. The KHC also hosts several events each year to investigate the Holocaust and global violence as historical and present-day realities.
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The mission of the KHC is to use the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism, and stereotyping. Established in 1983, it was one of the first research archives devoted to the Holocaust on the East Coast. Our facilities include a permanent exhibition about the Holocaust as well as a rotating gallery space, and in 2011 we were the recipients of a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Our current exhibit, Survivance and Sovereignty on Turtle Island: Engaging with Contemporary Native American Art, is the first time 16 Native American and Indigenous artists are showcasing their works about mass atrocities and genocide at a US Holocaust center (on view through May 22, 2020). We offer approximately twenty public programs and special events for Holocaust survivors, as well as host over 150+ tours reaching over 2,000 students and community members annually.
Each year, the KHC hosts students and emerging scholars from across the Queensborough Community College (QCC) campus and the greater New York metropolitan area who come to learn about and engage with the complex historical and social lessons connected to the Center’s exhibits and activities. Through public programs and the Center’s annual NEH Colloquia Series, students are provided with the opportunity to discuss the Holocaust, hate crimes, genocide, and mass atrocity through open dialogue.Learn more
The KHC also provides a unique service to QCC students by providing both paid/unpaid internships. These internships provide opportunities for students across the disciplines interested in fighting intolerance and discrimination.Learn more
KHC/NEH Colloquium Series
The Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College, a College of the City University of New York, has served as a national demonstration site for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) since 2011. This recognition showcases the KHC as a cultural center that provides programs and offerings which positively impact the College’s humanities curriculum and shares that information on a national level. To establish an endowment in continuance of those effects in perpetuity, over a million dollars was raised and subsequently matched by NEH.
Programming includes annual colloquia on global human rights and mass atrocity issues designed and led by College faculty to engage Queensborough’s diverse student population and the surrounding communities. Featured events include lectures on thematic issues of refugees, migration and displacement; LGBT and gender; peacekeeping and the United Nations, and more.
2019-2020 KHC/NEH Colloquium
With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant, the Authoritarianism on the Continuum: Complicity, Opposition and Dissent colloquium will explore current manifestations of authoritarianism and public responses voicing both complicity and dissent.Learn more
KHC Fall 2019 Schedule of Events
The KHC is excited to announce the full list of events for the Fall 2019 academic year. Read more about our newest exhibition and NEH Colloquia series, along with their lectures and tours.Learn more