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.
Since 2014, with the support of the Cummings Foundation, the CHGS has taken Salem State students to Rwanda and the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village to study the history, culture and contemporary life and challenges of Rwanda.
International Study and Travel Course
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.