Clark University’s Strassler Center to Hold Lecture Series on Holocaust

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Clark University has announced several lectures and events to take place this spring. 
 
Established in 1998, the Strassler Center is a unique institute, which currently stands as the only place in the world to study Holocaust History and Genocide Studies at the doctoral level.

The following events will take place this spring, and are free and open to the public. 
 
“Lies, Truth, and Fiction: The Holocaust in Literature”
Thursday, March 13 - 7:30 p.m.
Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House, 11 Hawthorne St., Worcester

Ruth Franklin, contributing editor at the New Republic, will explore the limits of the statement, "Literature is art and memoir is fact" in the context of Holocaust memoirs and literature.

Can literature help us understand the truth of atrocity? Is memoir as straightforward and truthful as it seems at first glance? Franklin first explored these ideas in her 2011 book, “A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction.” Her lecture is part of the Critical History Lecture series exploring Truth in History.
 
“Antisemitism and Catholicism in Postwar Poland”
Wednesday, April 2 - 4:15 p.m.
Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House, 11 Hawthorne St., Worcester

Professor Brian Porter-Szűcs (University of Michigan) will talk about Polish antisemitism after 1945 drawing on his new book “Poland in the Modern World: Beyond Martyrdom,” which moves beyond the familiar emphasis on Polish tragedy and suffering, and contextualize modern Polish history within a global framework.

 
“On Truth and Memoirs: The Case of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Army”
Thursday, April 17 - 7:30 p.m.
Tilton Hall, Higgins University Center, 950 Main St., Worcester

Scholars of the Armenian Genocide and the Turkish media are embroiled in a vigorous debate over the authenticity of a single memoir. The memoir was written by an Armenian man, Sarkis Torossian, a member of the Ottoman military, who left after learning of the murder of his family by the Ottoman regime. Professor Taner Akçam (Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, Clark University) will provide an overview of why and how this one document has become the focus of so much discussion.

For more information, visit the Strassler Center's website or call at 508-793-8897.

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