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Cohen Center Summer Institute

Summer Institute

The Cohen Center’s biannual Summer Institute is an intensive residential program held during the summer that brings educators together from across the United States and Europe. The Summer Institute typically takes place during one week in July. While the focus of each year’s program shifts over time, we always foreground the role of memory and witness in developing competencies for democratic citizenship.


  • Enhancing practical pedagogical and methodological competencies necessary to effectively and responsibly teach and engage students in continual Holocaust and genocide studies.
  • Identifying the processes by which genocide unfolds while identifying factors that move ordinary people to make a variety of behavioral choices.
  • Empowering education to prevent genocide and crimes of mass atrocity by finding points of leverage, intervention and empowerment.
  • Enabling civic engagement through the Cohen Center Fellowship to promote the mission of the Cohen Center through activities in schools and communities.

Save the Date!

2025 Summer Institute: Holocaust by Bullets

July 15-17, 2025 at Keene State College

Registration information coming soon.

CCHGS Fellows

Attendees who complete the Institute join a corps of educators who serve as leaders in Holocaust and genocide education in their schools, communities, and professional organizations and may assist the Center in implementing its mission. Examples of Cohen Center Fellows contributions may include:

  • Serving as regional contacts
  • Presenting a workshop at a professional conference
  • Writing an article for a newspaper or professional journal
  • Conducting a book discussion in your community or a present a lecture
  • Developing a lesson plans for distribution
  • Coordinating community events

CCHGS Fellows’ Benefits

  • Special invitations to events and programs
  • Membership in the Cohen Center Professional Community of Practice

James H. White/Sibylle Sarah Niemoeller-von Sell Award

Educators who are interested in participating in the Summer Institute may be eligible to apply for partial funding to offset the cost of their participation, provided that they do not have other professional development funds available. Learn more about eligibility and fill out an application here.

Contact the Cohen Center

Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Keene State College

229 Main Street

Keene, NH 03435-3201
☎ 603-358-2490