The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is an interdisciplinary academic center committed to advancing research, education and public programming in the fields of Holocaust education, comparative genocide, conflict studies and human rights. Its academic, professional development and public programs aim to educate and empower students, teachers and the community to combat racism, prejudice, ethnic hatred and abuse of authority—the root causes of mass violence and atrocities.
Each summer, the CHGS organizes a study and travel course to international sites of genocide and mass atrocities for students and professional educators. Students visit museums and historical sites, learn from local academic experts, and share ideas about curriculum and teaching.
Teacher Workshops and Seminars
The CHGS holds a number of curriculum and educator workshops and seminars each year that prepare teachers to engage students on difficult topics including teaching the Holocaust, civil rights, Native American history and LGBTQ history.
Sonia Schreiber Weitz Lecture Series and Public Events
The Sonia Schreiber Weitz Lecture series, Research Conversations series and public events bring international, national and local scholars and public figures to engage our audiences on issues in comparative genocide, human rights and combatting ignorance, racism and prejudice in our world.
CHGS Study and Travel Course to Rwanda
Salem State students and their Safari guides at Akagera National Park.
Interdisciplinary CHGS Courses
Salem State students shop in the Rubona open market during the CHGS Study and Travel Course to Rwanda. The course focuses on the culture and history of Rwanda, with attention to the genocide of 1994 and the efforts to rebuild the country in its aftermath.
Salem State University students take pictures from their Jeeps during a safari in the Akagera National Park. Students report that their travel courses have transformed their view of the world and left them with memories that will last a lifetime.
Watch CHGS Event Recordings
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has hosted several virtual events to continue hosting compelling speakers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click a program title to watch the recording online.