The Mass Atrocity Education Workshop (MAEW) invites military academy instructors to discuss new scholarship and explore how they can include content about the Holocaust, genocide, and atrocity prevention into their courses for officers-in-training. Co-hosted with West Point’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and held at the Museum in Washington, DC, the MAEW has included representation from four military academies: the US Naval Academy, the US Air Force Academy, the US Military Academy at West Point, and the US Coast Guard Academy. The instructors (and the courses they teach) have represented a broad array of disciplines including military arts, economics, geography, character/leadership, political science, mathematics, sociology, and law.
The program is building a cadre of instructors attune to the issues of the Holocaust and genocide and conscious about ensuring officers-in-training have the tools and content knowledge to think about how the Holocaust could have occurred and how we might work against the trends that make genocide possible today.
West Point’s Superintendent acknowledged the importance of this work when he wrote: “Having witnessed atrocities first hand over the last 15 years, the work you are doing is so tremendously important. It cannot be overstated.”
The 2017 program Understanding & Prevention: How Gender Studies, Geospatial Information Sciences, and History can Help Develop Character and Prevent Atrocities focused on gender dynamics and sexualized violence to explore how understanding these dimensions can augment our awareness of what makes genocide possible. Featured experts included Dr. Wendy Lower, Acting Director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and author of Hitler’s Furies, Dr. Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University, and Dr. Guido Cervone, Computational Science and “big data” expert from Pennsylvania State University.
- Gender and the Future of Genocide Studies and Prevention by Dr. Elisa von Joeden-Forgey
- Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Dr. Wendy Lower
- Pennsylvania State University's Dr. Guido Cervone website
- Implementation of an annual course on the Holocaust and genocide at the US Naval Academy
- Creation of the case study Ordinary Soldiers: A Lesson in Law, Ethics, and Leadership
- Institutional support at each academy for the student driven Joint Service Academy Mass Atrocity Prevention Symposium
- Student development of an early warning app in conjunction with the Museum’s Early Warning Project
- Senior thesis projects
Previous Topics of Study
Previous topics have included early warning and the process of genocide, human behavior, the role of economics, multi-agency/multidisciplinary tools for prevention, geo-spatial information sciences in the context of atrocity, and professional responsibility (character development).
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