About the Cohen Center
The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is one of the oldest Holocaust resource Centers in the United States. Founded in 1983, the Center is located at Keene State College in rural New Hampshire. We are charged by our founder, Dr. Charles Hildebrandt “To Remember…and to Teach.”
The Center provides extensive educational support for the study and the teaching of the Holocaust and genocide in KSC’s academic programs that features a nationally recognized undergraduate major in Holocaust and genocide studies Holocaust and Genocide Studies programs. The Center also provides materials and support for educators at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels. In addition, the Center offers public workshops and other educational programs designed to engage regional residents and community leaders. supports the College’s undergraduate and hosts a series of annual events.
Our events, Educational Outreach ,and advocacy initiatives are supported primarily by your donations. Please support the mission of the Cohen Center and join us in our important work.
The Center is open to anyone during the academic year and by reservation during summer break. The Educational Outreach Coordinator is available to make presentations, conduct in-service workshops, make school visitations, assist in curriculum development, and assist in finding appropriate speakers for topics and issues relating to Holocaust studies.
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You can read about history, or watch great documentaries, but nothing gives you a connection to the past like holding an old letter or historical document in your hand. For example, the students working on transcribing the letters of Willard Templeton , a New Hampshire soldier who fought and died…
In September, James Waller , Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Director of Academic Programming for the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), was in Washington, DC, leading training and educational seminars for participants from various organizations within the US government, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)…
Just in case you haven’t noticed, Keene State’s good work towards international peace and conflict resolution is rippling out around the world. Holocaust and Genocide Professor Paul Vincent spent the 2015 spring semester as a Fulbright scholar at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where he was asked to address the Czech…
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The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies advances the public liberal arts mission of Keene State College by studying and bearing witness to the Holocaust and genocide in the hope that present and future generations take responsibility for building a world free of antisemitism, intolerance, and hate.
To this end, the Cohen Center joins the campus community and its many partners in promoting an active and informed citizenry committed to mutual respect and justice. More about History & Mission
The Cohen Center is located in the heart of Keene State College on the first floor of Mason Library. Hours of operation vary according to the college’s academic calendar.
Visitors will often find the Center’s Susan J. Herman Reading Room in active use, either by a class in the academic program, a meeting or other gathering for the Center, or by students using the room for study and reflection. Staff offices and the Center’s collection are accessible from a rear hallway when the reading room is in use.