Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies

Upcoming Events (Fall '20/Spring '21)

Some of these were originally planned for Spring 2020. New dates to be announced soon.

Summer 2021 Study Abroad to Rwanda

February 2021: Visiting scholar Dr. Jim Waller

Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Author of two of the most influential books in genocide studies published this century -- Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (2002) and Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide (2016) -- and, most recently, A Troubled Sleep: Risk and Resilience in Contemporary Northern Ireland (2020).

Re-thinking Nationalism and Statelessness: Kurdish Women and the Revolution in Rojava

Lecture and dialogue with Ruken Isik. A Kurdish-American researcher, Isik is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her work focuses on Kurdish Women’s Activism in Turkey, Syria, and in the diaspora.

Here are some links to local organizations that are helping folks who are being hit the hardest during the COVID-19 crisis.

Updated on August 6 (2020): Loaves & Fishes is looking for a few more volunteers to deliver food.

Migrant Solidarity Fund: Mutual Aid and Emergency Assistance

Urban Promise    /  Project 658  /  Project Bolt

 OurBridge  /  The Bulb  /  Block Love  / Heal Charlotte

From Time Out Youth, a great local organization that assists & empowers LGBTQ youth:

  • To view Charlotte Pride's article how LGBTQ orgs in Charlotte are responding to COVID-19 click here.
  • Charlotte Pride has also created a Facebook Group to connect community members.
  • To view Equality NC's compiled list of resources available in North Carolina click here.


March 2020: HGHR steering committee members John Cox and Amal Khoury, with long-time HGHR professor Dr. Sarah Minslow, are publishing a book on genocide-denial, based on our April 2019 conference

Denial: the Final Stage of Genocide? will be published in early 2021 and include contributions from well-established as well as emerging scholars. 

More about the Center's research here

Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz

July 27, 1922 - November 17, 2019

Dr. Cernyak-Spatz speaking at UNCC on November 9, 2016. Photo: CDK GLOBAL

Our Center only exists because of Dr. Cernyak-Spatz's work, vision, and inspiration over the course of her many years at UNCC. She left us late last year after an extraordinary 97 years.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made in her memory to a fund established to sustain “German Studies 3650: The Holocaust through German Literature and Film,” a seminar Dr. Cernyak-Spatz created and taught for decades. How to give.

News articles about Dr. Cernyak-Spatz, who laid the foundations for Holocaust Studies and for our Center, and links to interviews and other resources


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including lists of Summer/Fall 2020 classes


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