About Us

Center for Holocaust, Genocide, & Human Rights Studies mission statement

The Center for HGHR Studies is dedicated to research, education, and outreach.

Understanding the causes and lasting consequences of mass violence are essential for the prevention of future atrocities. The Center is committed to innovative research and to education, recognizing the need to not only learn from the past but to combat injustice and promote human rights in our own world.


  • Our faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research.
  • In April 2019 we hosted our first annual international conference: “Denial: The Final Stage of Genocide.”
  • The Center organizes research projects and symposia with graduate and undergraduate students.
  • We bring leading scholars, artists, and activists to the campus and community.


  • We organize annual study abroad trips focused on historical sites related to the Holocaust.
  • We offer a minor in HGHR Studies.
  • We work with other educators to offer workshops and other teacher-training initiatives.

Outreach and Action

  • We organize speaker series, film-showings, musical performances, and art exhibits.
  • We work with our partners in the region to support our refugee and immigrant neighbors.
  • The HGHR Center organizes and supports initiatives to advance women’s rights and LGBTQ rights and to counter poverty, racism, sexism, and other social ills.