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Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Keene State is home to the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, one of the nation’s oldest Holocaust resource centers. The Center has attracted internationally renowned scholars, many of whom have designed features of the course of study used at Keene State College. Our faculty take a personal interest in students. The academic backgrounds of our own faculty attest to the breadth and diversity of this field. From historians to clergy, from filmmakers to social activists, our diverse educators approach the most horrible events in human history with passion and compassion, skill, and wisdom.

Holocaust and Genocide Studies (HGS) Faculty

The following are Core Faculty in the HGS Department:

  • Dr. James Waller, Cohen Professor and Chair of HGS
  • Dr. Ashley Greene
  • Dr. Hank Knight (holds dual appointment as Director of Cohen Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies)
  • Dr. Lisa DiGiovanni (holds split appointment with Department of Modern Languages and Cultures)

The following are Affiliated Faculty who, while housed in another academic department, teach courses cross-listed with HGS:

  • Dr. Larry Benaquist, Film Studies
  • Dr. Elaine Ginsburg, Music
  • Dr. Karen Honeycutt, Women’s & Gender Studies
  • Dr. Sander Lee, Communication & Philosophy
  • Dr. Emily Robins-Sharpe, English
  • Dr. Therese Seibert, Sociology
  • Dr. John Sturtz, Education

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HGS News

August 21, 2017 –

Keene State’s Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Dr. Jim Waller was interviewed for a National Geographic article, "What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil." In the aftermath of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the author turns to science to understand why humans are capable of unspeakable…

May 19, 2017 –

Each fall semester, beginning this fall (2017), Keene State will be welcoming an international scholar to campus as part of the Global Fellowship program, a joint initiative between the College and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR). The Global Fellows are selected from a pool of international alumni…

April 14, 2017 –

The International Association of Genocide Scholars has awarded Jim Waller , Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, its inaugural Engaged Scholarship Prize. The award recognizes scholars who engage beyond the academic community by sharing their scholarship and expertise, particularly with policymakers.

In his letter nominating Dr. Waller, Dr. Tibi…

April 3, 2017 –

During a recent trip to Washington, DC, hosted by the Cohen Center at Keene State, students learned from the extensive exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and connected with alumna Emily Robinson ’16, who currently works at the museum in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center…

March 21, 2017 –

Is the United States on a path that could lead to a future where genocide is considered a reasonable political, social, national, and economic strategy? What are the warning signs? Is there anything citizens can do to change such a course? The Center for the Development of International Law (CDIL)…