Visit, Contact the Center
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday –
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Tuesday and Thursday –
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Saturday-Sunday – Closed
- Or call for an appointment – 603-358-2490
Directions and Parking
- Campus Map showing the Cohen Center's location within the Mason Library.
- Directions to Keene and the campus.
- Parking – When coming to campus, please park in one of the visitor parking areas.
Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-3201
- Coordinator of Educational Outreach
- Senior Program Support Assistant
Henry "Hank" Knight
Dr. Henry Knight is the Director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College and teaches in the College's academic program, offering the nation's first undergraduate major in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Knight is also co-chair of the biennial Steven S. Weinstein Holocaust Symposium (formerly the Pastora Goldner Holocaust Symposium) that he and Leonard Grob of Fairleigh Dickenson University co-founded in 1996. He serves on the Church Relations Committee of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC and several other national and international advisory committees related to Holocaust Studies.
Knight earned his B.A. in English from the University of Alabama and his M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Emory University where he concentrated in theology and pastoral hermeneutics. He has served two institutions as chaplain and as a member of their respective departments of religion: The University of Tulsa and Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.
He began teaching courses on the Holocaust over twenty-five years ago while at Baldwin-Wallace. At The University of Tulsa, he was honored by his peers for his work in the classroom, receiving both the Outstanding Teacher Award for the University and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. Active in national as well as local interfaith relations,
Knight also served as Director of the Council for Holocaust Education of Tulsa, Oklahoma – a partnership of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa and The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. He joined the Keene State College community in July 2007.
Thomas M. White
The coordinator of educational outreach for the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Tom is a summa cum laude graduate of Norwich University and received his Master of Arts Teaching History from Keene State College. He taught for 16 years at Keene High School before receiving a Fellowship to create his current position.
He is responsible for organizing Holocaust educational programs with local schools and communities; developing educational materials for use by schools; assisting teachers and school districts with curriculum development; training teachers in institutes and in an annual workshop series; visiting schools; speaking to civic and community groups; maintaining the Center's website; and is the coordinator of the CCHGS listserv for teachers.
He is a long-term member of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Advisory Council and has served on the Diocese of Manchester's Ecumenical Commission for Interfaith Relations. He has served as a researcher for Stephen Hooper's documentary film: An American Nurse At War and as historical consultant for David DeArville's documentary film, Telling Their Stories: NH Holocaust Survivors Speak Out, produced in 2004.
He has served as co-chairman of the Cohen Center's Kristallnacht Remembrance Committee since 2002. In 2008 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO) where he serves as secretary.
He has spoken extensively throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine. In 2007 he spoke about the need for urgent action in Darfur at UNH with Elizabeth Edwards and former U.S. Marine and A.U. observer Brian Steidle. In 2008, he testified before the NH House of Representatives subcommittee regarding HB 1516FN which examined targeted divestment in Sudan. In 2009 he was honored by NEA - N.H. with the Champion of Human and Civil Rights Award.
Tom lives in Keene with his wife, Jen, and their two sons, Robin and Connor.
Michele Kuiawa, Senior Program Support Assistant, has been working with the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies since July 2009.
Michele comes to the Center from Student Financial Services where she worked in both the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts.
She and her husband have lived in Surry since 1994.