Holocaust and Genocide Studies
West Chester University
409 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call: (610) 436-2972
|Summer I 2014||HIS 660 Field Studies||Dr. Brenda Gaydosh|
|Fall 2014||HIS 543 Jews in Modern European History, R 7:15-10:00pm, Main 212||
|Fall 2014||HIS 548 Women and the Holocaust, M 5:50-8:35pm, SMB 208||Dr. Kirschenbaum|
|Fall 2014||PHI 512 Ethical Theories, M 4:25-7:10pm, Main 303||
|Fall 2014||PHI 411 The Problem of War, W 4:25-7:10pm, Main 213||Dr. Subar|
|Fall 2014||ENG 400 Arendt and Benjamin: Culture, Genocide, and Human Rights, T 4:25-7:10pm, SSL 150||Dr. MacPhee|
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|Monday, March 3, 2014||7:30 - 9:00 P.M.||"Africa Today"||WCU African graduate students speak about Africa today 20 years after the Rwandan genocide.||Philips Autograph Library|
|Tuesday, March 4, 2014||12:30 - 2:30 P.M.||
Immaculee Ilibagiza, Speaker
|Imaculee Ilibagiza huddled with seven other women in the 3-by-4 foot bathroom of her pastor's home, silently praying and clinging to her rosary beads as she heard Hutus shouting her name outside the door. A member of the Tutsi tribe, she survived for 91 days in the hidden bathroom, while genocide raged outside in the central African nation of Rwanda.||Asplundh Concert Hall|
|Wednesday, March 5, 2014||7:00 - 8:30 P.M.||Roundtable Discussion "Genocide"||In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, graduate Holocaust and Genocide students join WCU faculty to discuss genocide.||Brandywine Hall 031|
|Thursday, March 6, 2014||7:30 - 9:30 P.M.||
Film "Hotel Rwanda" with introduction by Brenda Gaydosh (Department of History)
|The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.||Sykes Theater|
For additional information please contact Brenda Gaydosh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Hall 168, 7:30 pm
Fellow WCU colleague, Dr. Brenda Gaydosh, will give a presentation entitled:
“Outside, the synagogue is burning, and that too, is a house of God”
On May 22, 1942, Berlin priest, Father Bernhard Lichtenberg spoke at his main trial. The prosecution had had charged Lichtenberg with “misuse of the pulpit and offending the malice law.” He had been in prison since October 1941. When the chairman asked Lichtenberg to clarify how his prayers for the Jews came about, Lichtenberg explained what he saw the morning of November 10, 1938: “It was in November 1938 when the windows of Jewish-owned shops were smashed and the synagogues burned; there I walked through the streets of my parish before I celebrated Mass between 5 and 6 in the morning. As I witnessed the destruction, I saw the police standing by passively. I was outraged by the vandalism and asked myself what could be done to help and how this could happen in an ordered nation. As I thought, I said to myself that help could come only through prayer. It was on this evening that I prayed for the first time, ‘Let us pray for the persecuted non-Aryan Christians and for the Jews.’” This presentation will consider the life of Bernhard Lichtenberg and his martyrdom at the hands of the Nazis.
Dr. Gaydosh graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1980. Following 15 years working as an actuarial analyst, she enrolled at West Chester University in the graduate history program. Dr. Gaydosh graduated with an M.A. degree in History in 1999, began teaching, and enrolled in the PhD program at American University in Washington D.C. in 2000. She continued to teach and take classes. In 2010, she earned her Ph.D. in history, writing a biographical dissertation about Father Bernhard Lichtenberg. Her manuscript is currently under review by Catholic University Press.
For the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Program, Dr. Helene Sinnreich, Director of Jewish Studies at Youngstown State University, will be giving a lecture on her research on the ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe.
West Chester University professors Rebecca Chancellor (Psychology), Brenda Gaydosh (History), and Aaron Rundus (Psychology) are taking students to Rwanda in June 2014. The group will travel the country learning about the history, animal life and culture of Rwanda. Professor Gaydosh will accompany the History and Holocaust Genocide students on a special tour to sites of the Rwandan Genocide. Anyone interested in this trip should contact Dr. Gaydosh at email@example.com.
Two thousand fifteen will mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenia Genocide. The International Association of Genocide Scholars will be holding their annual meeting in Yerevan, Armenia. Professor Brenda Gaydosh will be taking students to Turkey, Turkistan, and Armenia accompanied by local guides. We will visit the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute and attend the Genocide Scholars Conference in Yerevan. Those interested should contact Dr. Gaydosh at firstname.lastname@example.org.