NEH Colloquium

Incarceration, Transformation & Paths to Liberation during the Holocaust and Beyond

The KHC 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 QCC’s humanities curriculum and shares that information on a national level. For more information, click here.

What does it mean to be transformed? In what ways does internment or incarceration alter a person, and how does liberation and freedom exist within larger systems of mass incarceration? Who gets to decide whether we are insiders or outsiders, and how does our perspective shift as a result? Is it possible to experience freedom when others are oppressed, and what does freedom look like? The 2021-22 KHC-NEH Colloquium entitled, Incarceration, Transformation & Paths to Liberation during the Holocaust and Beyond, includes events that seek to understand the Holocaust and different forms of mass confinement through the lens of transformation, whether from interned to liberated or victim to survivor. We investigate the gradual and subtle processes of liberty and loss, the processes that constitute transformation from the state of incarceration to one of liberation or freedom, and the civic and pedagogical implications resulting from such an inquiry. Organized in dialogue with contemporary issues, the series is aligned with the current KHC exhibit, The Concentration Camps: Inside the Nazi System of Incarceration and Genocide.

Fall 2021 NEH Virtual Events

All events are free but registration is required.
The events are also being recorded so be sure to check back for access to the viewing links.

Faculty Workshop
Holocaust Education and Transformational Learning
Recorded on September 22, 2021
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This workshop explores how Holocaust education can be a catalyst for transformative learning in higher education. Using her research into the behavior of perpetrators and bystanders as a case study, Dr. Azadeh Aalai, Associate Professor of Psychology at Queensborough Community College at the City University of New York, discusses how faculty can design curricula that navigates these difficult histories in an impactful way. This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Queensborough Community College..

Criminalization and the Other

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 12:00pm EDT
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The contemporary criminal justice system has historical connections to the criminalization of people who are culturally deemed the “other.” Join Dr. Celia Sporer, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Queensborough Community College at the City University of New York, for a discussion about the institutionalization of criminality based on social identity. Dr. Sporer will examine the process and implications of the criminalization of Jewishness in Nazi Germany, as well as reflect upon on the marginalization/exclusion of other groups resulting in their criminalization during different time periods and places.

Unheard Melodies
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 12:00pm EST
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Renana Gutman, concert pianist and piano faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College, introduces and performs obscure piano music (including some new discoveries) by great composers whose Jewish identity sealed their fate as musicians and human beings in the period surrounding the two world wars. The imaginative and expressive musical soundscapes of these works, many of which were composed in confinement, follow their composers’ personal and creative transformations while bearing witness to the turbulence and trauma of their time. 

2021-22 Faculty Fellows

The Center welcomes the 2021-22 KHC Faculty Fellows who each led past colloquia and are joining together to create a provocative series of timely and thought provoking programming.