Drew Talks Examine Human Rights, Genocide, Survival

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Drew University is examining human rights, colonialism, genocide and survival in talks presented by its Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study.

Each talk is free and includes a question and answer session. Here’s a look at the upcoming speakers:

Feb. 27: Drew Professor Emeritus Hans Morsink

Morsink, who taught political science at Drew, explores the moral power of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights born of the Holocaust.

4 p.m., Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106

March 18: Harvard Lecturer Paul Edwards

Edwards, who lectures on history and literature, probes questions of race that emerged from the German assault of the Herero ethnic group in South West Africa during the early 20th century.

4 p.m., Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106

March 25: Rowan University Professor Joshua Gedacht

Gedacht, who teaches Islamic world history, examines the refugee crisis created by the persecution of Rohingya people in Myanmar.

4 p.m., Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106

April 29: Prisoner of War Robert Max

Max, a U.S. soldier who was captured by Germans during World War II, shares a story of survival amid slave labor and brutal living conditions.

4 p.m., Mead Hall, Founders Room

For more on the events, please click here.

About the Center

Founded in 1992 through a grant from the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study offers a variety of events. We schedule—as permanent anchors in our programming—an annual November conference in memory of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) and an annual Yom HaShoah (Day of Remembrance) commemoration. We also offer films, lectures, performances, workshops and commemorative events dealing with the Holocaust and with other genocides such as those in Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur and Rwanda. We enrich Drew’s undergraduate and graduate course work by bringing notable scholars and speakers to campus, organizing visits to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and providing additional resources that enhance the study of Holocaust and genocide. We also support faculty research. For example, we commissioned an English translation of a German text dealing with Nazi slave labor camps. All events are open to the larger community.

About Drew

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and 148 full-time faculty members, 99% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College of Liberal Arts confers BA degrees in more than 30 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning, as exemplified by Launch, a new, leading edge path to undergraduate education that syncs career development with rigorous academics and powerful community. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), the Center for Civic Engagement, New York City Semesters focusing on Wall Street, the United Nations, Contemporary Art, Theatre, Social Entrepreneurship and Communications and Media and several international semester programs. Drew also houses the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the country’s leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.

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