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Cohen Conversation: The Origins & Evolution of a Holocaust Center at a Small Public New England College

Mason 240
Friday, · -

Event description : Were one to ask why Keene State College, a small public liberal arts college, had embedded within it an important center focused on remembering and teaching the Holocaust, the answer would ultimately and appropriately lead to one individual: Dr. Chuck Hildebrandt, a professor of sociology at KSC. When asked by an administrator in 1983 why he wanted to create a Holocaust Center at Keene State—given that “there are hardly any Jews in Keene”—Chuck immediately responded: “The Holocaust isn’t a Jewish issue, it's a human issue.” This Cohen Conversation will focus on the Center's origins and many of the key moments in its development over time.

About the speaker : Professor Emeritus Paul Vincent taught history and, beginning in 1998, Holocaust studies at Keene State College until his retirement in 2017. He directed the Mason Library from 1985-94 and then, following the retirement of Chuck Hildebrandt, served as director of what had been renamed the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies from 1998-2007. Dr. Vincent has published two books, was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (2007-08), and was a Fulbright Scholar at Jagiellonian University in Poland (Spring 2015)...just to name a handful of his many accolades. This presentation is based in part off an institutional history of the Holocaust Center at KSC that he drafted during 2018-2021.

This event is hosted by the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in partnership with the KSC Archives. The event is free and open to all; it is available both in person and via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please email the Cohen Center team in advance of the event. Lunch will be served!

This event is part of the Cohen Center calendar.

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