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Medicine, Holocaust and Genocide Studies Events

The Medicine, Holocaust and Genocide Studies Scholars Program hosts regular events featuring an array of scholars, from the prominent to the promising, who explore the intersection of medicine and human atrocity. Our lectures provide a platform for scholars to share their findings, while the "Educating the Public" series features scholars discussing their creation of exhibits and memorials. Roundtables bring scholars into conversation with each other for stimulating discussions.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for our Fall 2024 events schedule.

Past Events

Date & Time

May 30, noon-1 p.m. PT

Yu Wang, PhD, Lecturer of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, Monash University, Melbourne

April 18, noon-1 p.m. PT

Anna Parkinson, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of German, Northwestern University

March 28, noon-1:30 p.m. PT

Herwig Czech, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Ethics, Collections and History of Medicine, Medical Univ. of Vienna; Claudia Krebs, MD, PhD, Professor of Teaching (Anatomy), Dept. of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Medical Faculty, Univ. of British Columbia; Rabbi Joseph Polak, Chief Justice of the Rabbinical Court of Massachusetts; Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Law, Boston Univ. School of Public Health; Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Radiology & Bioengineering, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; Director, UCLA Cardiac Arrythmia Center & EP Programs

February 15, noon-1 p.m. PT

Natalia Aleksiun, PhD, Harry Rich Professor of Holocaust Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville

Date & Time

December 7, noon-1 p.m. PT

Donatilla Mukamana, PhD, MScN, RMHN, Associate Professor of Mental Health Nursing, University of Rwanda

November 9, 5 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. PT

Keynote: Jing-Bao Nie, MMed, MA, PhD, Professor, Bioethics Centre, University of Otago (New Zealand)

October 12, noon-1 p.m. PT

Anna von Villiez, PhD, Jewish Girls’ School Memorial, Hamburg Adult Education Center

July 12, 2023, noon-1 p.m. PT

Alexandra M. Szabó, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, Brandeis University

May 25, 2023, noon-1 p.m. PT

Michelle Browder, artist and educator, Montgomery, Alabama

May 4, 2023, noon-1:30 p.m. PT

Petra Fuchs, PhD, Professor of Inclusion Studies, Zittau Görlitz University of Applied Sciences; A. Dirk Moses, PhD, Spitzer Professor of International Relations, City College of New York; Volker Roelcke, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Institute of the History of Medicine, Giessen University; Alexa Stiller, PhD, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Zurich 

March 22, 2023, noon-1 p.m. PT 

Monika Rice, PhD, Assistant Professor and Robert Weiner and Ilan Peleg Scholar in Jewish Studies, Lafayette College

Feb. 9, 2023,
noon-1 p.m. PT

Robert Krell, MD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

Date & Time

Thursday, December 15, 2022, noon-1 p.m. PT

Therkel Stræde, PhD, Professor of Contemporary History, University of Southern Denmark, Odense

Thursday, November 17, 2022, all day, hybrid format

Keynote Speaker: Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, Medical Director, Physicians for Human Rights; Professor of Internal Medicine and Public Health, University of Michigan— “Beyond Perpetrators: Health Professionals as Victims and Documenters of War Crimes and Human Rights Violations”

October 20, 2022,
noon-1:00 p.m. PT

Joanne Weiner Rudof, Director, Producer and Editor of the film and former archivist of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies—Yale University; Lawrence L. Langer, Associate Producer and Editor of the film and Emeritus Alumnae Chair Professor of English—Simmons University

Thursday, September 22, 2022
noon-1:30 p.m. PT

Christian Bonah, PhD, University of Strasbourg; Herwig Czech, PhD, Medical University of Vienna; Patricia Heberer-Rice, PhD, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Rabbi Joseph Polak, Chief Justice of the Rabbinical Court of Massachusetts

July 28, 2022,
noon-1:00 p.m. PT

Antara Chatterjee, PhD, Assistant Professor of English, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences—Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, India

Thursday, June 2, 2022, noon-1:30 p.m. PT

Margit Berner, PhD, Natural History Museum of Vienna; Maximilian Buschmann, MA, Technical University of Munich; Sabine Hildebrandt, MD, Harvard Medical School; Heinz Wässle, PhD, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research

Thursday, May 5, 2022, noon-1:30 p.m. PT

Edna Friedberg, PhD, Senior Program Coordinator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.; Astrid Ley, PhD, Deputy Director, Sachsenhausen Memorial, Oranienburg, Germany; James McAuley, PhD, The Washington Post contributing columnist; Joseph E. Uscinski, PhD, Professor of Political Science, University of Miami, Florida

Thursday, Apr. 7, 2022, noon-1 p.m. PT

Hannah van den Ende, MD, PhD, Independent Scholar, Medical Advisor, and Writer

Thursday, Mar. 24, 2022, noon-1 p.m. PT

Golfo Alexopoulos, PhD, Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, University of South Florida; Director of USF Institute on Russia

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022

David G. Marwell, PhD, Former Chief of Investigative Research, US Department of Justice; Former Director and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022

Juliet D. Golden, PhD, Director of the Syracuse University Abroad Central Europe Program

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022

Astrid Ley, PhD, Deputy Director of Sachsenhausen Memorial, Oranienburg, Germany

Date & Time

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021

William E. Seidelman, MD, Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021

Preston S. McBride, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the USC Mellon Humanities and the University of the Future Program

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Tessa Chelouche, MD (Israel), Esteban González-López, MD, PhD (Spain), Kamila Uzarczyk, PhD (Poland), Hedy Wald, PhD (U.S.)

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Maike Rotzoll, MD, Professor, Institute for the History and Ethics of Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Germany