Holocaust and Genocide Studies
West Chester University
409 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call: (610) 436-2972
In July 2015, Robert Battista, a student in the MA program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, attended the International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference in Yerevan, Armenia, and his write up of the events can be found here.
Recent graduate, Michael Eisinger, and faculty member, Dr. Brenda Gaydosh, left for Rwanda on May 28, 2014 and returned on June 17. They kept blogs as they studied the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. The links to their blogs are below.
West Chester University has been a pioneer in Holocaust Studies since 1978 when an undergraduate course on the Holocaust was first offered. The program now includes a Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, a certification program, an undergraduate minor, a regional education center, and a library collection.
The demand for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has grown over the past 20 years. Five states are now mandating that the subject be taught in the schools, and seven states -- including Pennsylvania -- are recommending inclusion in school curricula. It is expected that more states will institute such requirements. Thus, teachers and librarians are seeking more information and instruction. Furthermore, the end of the 20th century saw an explosion of new scholarship and new perspectives on the Holocaust. This scholarship is reinforced by the desire of survivors and those who lived through WWII to educate future generations and to bear witness to the fact that the Holocaust did happen.
Subsequent episodes of genocide in the modern world generate a continuing need for education and a demand for teaching resources. As a public, comprehensive university that has been training teachers for more than a century, West Chester University is able to provide excellent scholarly and pedagogical resources to students, teachers, and the community.
West Chester University Holocaust and Genocide graduate student, Brittany Grim, presented a paper ("Reexamining the Hamidian Massacre, 1894-1896, using Gregory Stanton's Eight Stages of Genocide") at the 10th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars in Siena, Italy in June 2013.
Dr. Gregory Stanton (Founder and President of Genocide Watch) was at the venue and attended Brittany's session. Brittany had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Stanton about her paper and about opportunities with Genocide Watch. Since the conference, Brittany has been working as an intern for Genocide Watch making website updates.