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Faculty Seminar on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust


This annual seminar, held in the summer, is designed for professors, doctoral students, scholars, and clergy interested in historical topics related to issues of ethics, religious leadership, and the role of different religious communities during the Holocaust and the implications of this history after 1945.

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See a list of topics covered in previous faculty seminars on ethics, religion, and the Holocaust.

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Focusing on a particular theme or historical aspect, each seminar includes special presentations by experts in the field; a review of curricular resources, new research, and publications; and an introduction to the Museum’s resources for scholars.

The seminar topic and dates are announced in the winter. Faculty and qualified doctoral students from all academic disciplines are invited to apply, as are clergy and non-clergy professionally engaged in interreligious work. The Mandel Center covers the cost of direct travel to and from participants’ home institutions and Washington, DC  (up to but not exceeding $600), as well as lodging for the duration of the seminar., as well as lodging for the duration of the seminar.

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2019 Seminar

Interreligious Studies and the Holocaust: New Research, New Conversations

July 15–19, 2019

In recent years new research about minority religious communities throughout Nazi-occupied Europe and North Africa has opened a new lens into interreligious dynamics and the history of different religious communities under National Socialism. This seminar will begin with an overview of the history of the international interreligious movement in the early twentieth century, with a particular focus on the role played during the Holocaust by diverse religious leaders and communities in Nazi Germany and Nazi-occupied territories. Post-Holocaust theological approaches, the challenges of addressing the past, issues of memory and reconciliation, and the Holocaust’s legacy for interreligious issues will be addressed as well.

The seminar will also explore different pedagogical approaches for incorporating Holocaust scholarship into the broader field of interreligious studies, with a particular focus on the work of Muslim scholars. The 2019 seminar leaders will be Professor Mehnaz Afridi (Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College) and Victoria Barnett (Director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust, USHMM). 

The Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust are supported by the Hoffberger Family Foundation and by Joseph A. and Janeal Cannon and Family.