Co-organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the University of Montana’s African-American Studies Program, this interdisciplinary symposium explores current and emerging research on historical trauma in Holocaust studies, Native-American studies, African-American studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies.
By bringing together scholars, teachers, students, and community members, the Mandel Center’s outreach symposia seek to enrich campus dialogue and forge connections with diverse audiences that will ensure the vitality of Holocaust studies in an increasingly interdisciplinary and multicultural academic landscape.
The symposium is a component of the University of Montana’s DiverseU, a campus-wide series of events focused on topics of diversity. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members discuss, present, perform, and exhibit art throughout the program.
The symposium will be held in Room 332-3 of the University of Montana’s University Center. This program is free and open to the public. RSVP.
This symposium has been made possible by a generous grant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum from the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation and by the University of Montana’s African-American Studies Program, College of Humanities and Sciences, Davidson Honors College, Department of Anthropology, Department of Communication Studies, Department of History, Mansfield Library, Native American Studies Department, President Royce Engstrom, University Center, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
Highlighted in red are programs of interest to those who work on issues of Japanese war crimes.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4
1:30 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks Royce Engstrom, President, University of Montana Robert M. Ehrenreich, Director of University Programs, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
2 p.m. Reframing Knowledge Production Moderator: Rosalyn LaPier (Blackfeet/Métis), Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Program, University of Montana
Digging Through the Rubble: Romani Women’s Holocaust Testimony and What It Tells Us about History Ethel Brooks, Associate Professor, Departments of Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
“Reflecting the World Increasingly Made Right”: From Response to Action in Public Libraries Julie Edwards, Associate Professor, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
The Healing Power of Truth-Telling: Undoing the Many Wrongs and Harms of Colonialist American Historiography George Price (Wampanoag), Lecturer, African-American Studies Program, History Department, and Native American Studies Department, University of Montana
3:30 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. Keynote: The Inheritance of Trauma across the Disciplines: A View from Holocaust Studies Sara R. Horowitz, Professor of Comparative Literature, York University and 2009 Mandel Center Fellow
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5
9 a.m. Children and Historical Trauma Moderator: Tobin Miller Shearer, Associate Professor, History Department, and Director, African-American Studies Program, University of Montana
“War . . . ain’t Nuthin’ But Hell on Dis Earth”: Children in the Civil War South Anya Jabour, Professor, History Department, University of Montana
In the Pipeline: Children and Families in the Displaced Persons Camp Adam R. Seipp, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M University
Early Education Experiences and Health Later in Life in Older American Indians Steven P. Verney (Tsimshian), Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico
Psychological and Health Consequences of Historical Trauma in Native Communities Gyda Swaney (Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation), Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Montana
10:30 a.m. Break
11 a.m. Justice and Historical Trauma Moderator: Kathryn Shanley (Fort Peck Nakota), Professor, Native American Studies Department, and Special Assistant to the Provost for Native American and Indigenous Education, University of Montana
Victim’s Justice: Holocaust Legacies of Reparations Kathy L. Powers, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Affiliated Faculty, Africana Studies Program and School of Law, University of New Mexico and 2014 Mandel Center Fellow
Victimized But Not Victims: Narratives of Homelessness in Rural Areas and Small Towns Daisy Rooks, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Montana
Historical Trauma's Impact on American Indians in the Legal System Maylinn Smith, Director, Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic, Alexander Blewett III School of Law, University of Montana
12:30 p.m. Break for Lunch
1:30 p.m. Gender, Sexuality, and Historical Trauma Moderator: Christine Fiore, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Montana
Applying the Concept of Historical Trauma to LGBT Individuals Bryan Cochran, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, University of Montana
Confronting Rape Culture: Analyzing the Historical Erasure of the Perpetrator Elizabeth A. Hubble, Director, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, University of Montana
3 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Roundtable on the Pedagogy of Historical Trauma Moderator: Krista Hegburg, Program Officer, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
C. Richard King, Professor, Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies, Washington State University
Gillian Glaes, Visiting Associate Professor, History Department and African-American Studies Program, University of Montana
Betsy Bach, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Montana
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