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Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 1, 2018. 2:00, Second Floor Clock Tower Room, Library:  Official opening of the new home of the Center and viewing & discussion of our first exhibition:  Why We Can’t Remain Silent in the Face of Hatred, Violence, and Ethnic Cleansing.

Wednesday, 7, 2018 Gateway Lecture Hall: Remembering Kristallnacht and the Tragic Voyage of the SS St. Louis. Sponsored by OCC CHGHRE, Kean University Holocaust Research Center, and NJ Commission on Holocaust Education. November 9-10, 1938, Kristallnacht (Night of Breaking Glass) was a two day rampage led by Nazi troops against Jewish owned businesses and hundreds of synagogues in Germany. In May of 1939, Jewish refugees left Hamburg aboard the SS St. Louis bound for Havana, Cuba. When the ship arrived in Cuba, the passengers were not allowed to 2debark. The passengers appealed to President Roosevelt to allow them to land in the United States, but they were again turned away. The ship was forced to return to Europe, where two-thirds of the passengers would perish in the Holocaust. Our keynote speaker is Neptune resident Eva Wiener, the youngest living survivor of that fateful voyage.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Gateway Building, 9-3: The Center will be sponsoring ongoing workshops, Echoes and Reflections, a nationwide professional development workshop designed by ADL, Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem for local middle and high school educators on strategies for teaching the Holocaust and empowering students to question the past and impact the future.

February, 2019, date and time TBA.  Paul Silberquit, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will discuss his experiences as Civil Affairs Officer and Telecom Specialist in war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina, and in Kosovo as Economics Development Team Chief.

March, 2019, date and time TBA: Dr. Maureen Reustle will discuss the street art of Belfast and murals in the Royalist and Nationalist communities: How they reflect iconic moments in the civil rights movement from 1969-1998. Dr. Reustle will also address art that depicts the Irish Famine, which is classified as a genocide.

May 1-7, 2019: Holocaust Remembrance Program, The Second Generation: Children of the Victims and Perpetrators.

Dates, times, locations TBA. A week long program beginning with an Interfaith Memorial Service in collaboration with Cong. B’nai Israel of Toms River. Events include a lecture, “What Our Fathers Did,” a viewing/discussion  of the film Inheritance, and a moving musical narrative program by the renowned actress, cabaret singer and a child of survivors, Naomi Miller.

Date, time, location TBA: Enough! Guest speaker John Prendergast is a human rights activist, author, and former Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. He is the Founding Director of the Enough Project, a nonprofit human rights organization and Co-Founder with George Clooney of The Sentry. He will discuss how social movements are the force that has changed the course of history in the past in response to terrible atrocities, and will do so again with regard to genocide.

March 26-April 16, 2019: Locations TBA. One day seminars/ workshops taught by Dr. Ali Botein-Furrevig through Continuing and Professional Education. This certificate includes courses CEED-782, CEED-783, & CEED-784 1.80 CEU. Registration through CPE. Cost is $69 per course of 3 for $199. Open to college community.

Tuesday, March 26, 9-3. The Longest Hatred: The History of Anti-Semitism from Ancient Times through Our Time: Beginning with ancient times, we will discuss how anti-Semitism has manifested itself in different eras, regions, political and economic systems and cultures. Topics include: Pagan responses to Jews, Christian theological anti-Semitism,  the ritual murder accusations, the blood libel, the Inquisition, impact of the Reformation, Russian pogroms, anti-Semitism in America, the Holocaust, Arab anti-Semitism; Anti-Israel and Anti-Zionism, and anti-Semitism on college campuses. .

Tuesday, April 2, 9-3 Eastern European Jewry Before The Holocaust: Understanding the total devastating impact of the Holocaust which claimed 6 million lives requires insight into the culture of eastern European Jewry that was decimated by the Nazis. Using film clips and various multimedia to supplement lectures, this seminar will focus on the thriving life of Eastern European Jewry from the latter part of the Middle Ages through World War II when the Jews and their vibrant culture were destroyed by the Nazi Holocaust. Topics will include the Haskalah, education, religious life, dance, folklore, Yiddish theatre, music, art, stories and legends.

Tuesday, April 16, 9-3. Introduction to Holocaust & Genocide Studies: Beginning with the origins and definition of genocide, this survey course addresses 20th and 21st century genocides, one of humanity’s enduring blights. Topics include, but are not limited to, the Armenian Genocide, the Irish Famine, The Holocaust (Shoah), and the Ukrainian, Rwandan, Bosnian, Ethnic German, and Darfur Genocides. We will also discuss philosophical issues such as why do otherwise good men commit barbaric acts, was 9-11 a genocide, should speech denying holocausts be banned, and the psychology of perpetrators.

Questions? Contact Dr Ali Botein-Furrevig, Director, Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education, abotein-furrevig@Ocean.edu. Please visit our website on ocean.edu for updates.