After a year of virtual events absent the excitement that comes from sharing in-person programs, the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education resumes on-campus events this fall. As we have seen so often over the last year, bringing awareness and knowledge of the Holocaust to our students and to the broader community is more crucial than ever. False analogies between current events and the events of the Holocaust abound and are a constant reminder of the fragility of memory and the dangers posed by antisemitism and other forms of bigotry. Unfortunately, each year there are fewer and fewer survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust who can speak with the voice of authority and the passion of experience. Increasingly, the responsibility for educating people about these events and encouraging them to stand up and speak out against racism and prejudice in any forms falls to us.
With that awareness very much in mind, we are honored to share with the Chapman and larger community the research of several distinguished scholars and authors whose work is expanding and reshaping our knowledge of the Holocaust.
Our series begins in September with Dr. Wendy Lower, the John K. Roth Professor of History and director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College.