Connecting the Past to the Present

Scroll down to explore our comprehensive library guides, recorded events, pedagogical approaches, recommended classroom materials, and links to strategies about teaching the Holocaust and mass atrocities.



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Countering Holocaust Distortion

There is a shocking increase in efforts to minimize the impact of the Holocaust and downplay the crimes of the Nazi regime and its collaborators in both public and political discourse. This trend, in which Holocaust distortion is becoming more prominent, erodes our understanding of the historical truth of the Holocaust and allows for antisemitism to inch towards the mainstream. Click here for a 12 minute video and panel discussion featuring experts talking about what Holocaust distortion is and what you can do about it.

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Addressing Antisemitism in the Classroom

The new USC Shoah Foundation IWitness site offers educational resources, witness testimonies and practical tools to build resilience to antisemitism and learn about its contemporary manifestations, origins, evolution and history, including the history of the Holocaust.

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Atrocity Education Pedagogy

This book features insights from Holocaust education at QCC, as well as four approaches to designing innovative pedagogies for college students. Click here for the library guide.

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Holocaust Education Materials

Explore online teaching guides, databases, classroom materials, and survivor testimonial archives from leading Holocaust institutions.

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Teaching Recommendations

Click here for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s recommendations for teaching and learning about the Holocaust.

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Anti-Racism Education Materials

Explore resources about anti-racism education and the history of the civil rights movement, including teaching guides, books, and films, written by leading African American museums, human rights organizations, scholars, and activists.

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Incarceration, Transformation & Liberation

The 2021-22 colloquium explores 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. Click here to watch the recorded events.

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Internment & Resistance

The 2020-21 colloquium focused on global constructions of concentration camp systems and the challenges that they present while highlighting acts of resistance. Click here to watch the events.

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Authoritarianism on a Continuum

The 2019-20 colloquium focused on myriad forms of opposition and resistance to right-wing authoritarian movements and regimes around the world, including artistic activity and public protest. Click here to watch the events.

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Native American Cultural Survival & Resistance

The 2018-19 colloquium and related exhibition and library guide introduced audiences to histories of indigenous people on this continent and the concept of “Survivance.” Click here to watch the events.

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Collaboration & Complicity

The 2017-18 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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Displacement, Exile & the Refugee

The 2016-17 colloquium and accompanying library guide explored the genocides that create refugee populations, as well as 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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Gender, Mass Violence & Genocide

The 2015-16 colloquium and library guide focused on how gender structures and mediates experiences of mass violence and genocide as well as 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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Cultural & Artistic Responses to Genocide

The 2014-15 colloquium and library guide incorporated students’ research and responses to genocide (and organized hate) through work with scholars, Holocaust survivors, workshops, an exhibit, and recital. Click here to watch the events.

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The Holocaust in Context

Along with Holocaust survivors who gave personal testimony, the 2013-14 colloquium and accompanying library guide provided 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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Roma and Sinti Human Rights in the Balkans

The Kupferberg Holocaust Center and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University regularly collaborate on programs bringing together top Roma scholars in the academy, advocates, and practitioners who are working to advance the human rights and dignity of Roma and Sinti people throughout the Balkans.

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