Program highlights, 2014

  • Completion of Undergraduate Student Research Project of Exhibit on Bedzin Ghetto
  • Opening of Exhibit:  Through the Eyes of Youth: Life and Death in the Bedzin Ghetto. This exhibit is available for display art public venues in Arizona and beyond
  • With Justice for All: An evening with Morris Dees, founder of Southern Poverty Law Center. Main Lecture in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Wounded Landscapes: Post-Holocaust Art, with Karen Baldner and Arie Galles. Joint art exhibit with NAU Art Museum
  • Completion of Undergraduate Research Student Project: Berlin Wall.
  • Opening of permanent  NAU exhibit of the Berlin Wall at occasion of 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall
  • Muslims and Jews: Challenging the Dynamics of Hate. National Academic Symposium at NAU, jointly organized and sponsored with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Advance Holocaust Educators Seminar with Laura Boughton (USHMM-trained facilitator) and Sherry Bard (ADL-Echoes & Reflections)
  • Teacher Training Seminar: Bullying Prevention: Diversity, Moral Courage, Empathy
  • Lecture-Presentations by second-generation Jewish artists  Karen Baldner and Arie
  • Film Screenings of Aftermath (Poland) and Budrus (Israel/Palestine/US), in conjunction with NAU International Film Series
  • Yom HaShoah Commemoration, with Jewish communities,  hosted at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
  • Book Reception for Dr. Alex Alvarez, The Question of Native American Genocide
  • Faculty Reading Group: Margaret Walker, Moral Repair

Co-sponsored & joint events at NAU

  • “Great Immigration Debate”: Educational Trip to U.S./Mexico Border
  • Undocumented: Migrant Justice, National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA)
  • Honors Student Field-trip to U.S. Mexico Border
  • Moral Courage Symposium, with Ponderosa High School students
  • Performance Artist Andrea Gibson
  • Tribute to Nelson Mandela, with South African General Consul Cyril Ndaba

Local/regional events

  • Sponsorship of FALA High school: Border Educational Expedition
  • Director’s talk at Theatrikos Theater Company on Diary of Anne Frank
  • Evening with Israel Unger, Holocaust Survivor, Theatrikos Theater Company
  • Director’s Talk at Federated Church on Death Penalty Abolition
  • Director’s Lectures at Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Phoenix; Scottsdale Holocaust Education Conference; Genocide Awareness Week at Scottsdale Community College; Institute for Humanities Research, ASU, Phoenix; and the Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix.

Inter/national outreach

  • Interfaith Summit, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
  • Between Trauma and Politics: Trilateral Israeli-German-Palestinian Dialogue, Freiburg, Germany
  • Workshop on Reconciliation, Center for Reconciliation Studies, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany
  • International Symposium: Aftermath of Mass Trauma and Violence, University of the Free State, South Africa
  • Wroxton Weinstein International Holocaust Symposium, Wroxton, England
  • Trilateral Israeli-German-Palestinian Meeting, Israel/West Banks

Educational programs

We offer a variety of educational programs:

  • a public speaker series, teacher training programs, seminars, and workshops
  • applied research opportunities and extracurricular activities for students
  • international exchanges
  • symposia and fellowships for scholars
  • commemorative events and art exhibits for the community
  • joint programming with a variety of constituencies 

Program highlights

Among the many speakers that MSI has hosted are Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Dr. Cornel West, Art Spiegelman, Winona LaDuke, and Paul Rusesabagina. Educational seminars and projects include: 

  • field trips to the Arizona/Mexico border 
  • traveling exhibits 
  • applied research projects on the history of the Holocaust
  • diversity and bullying prevention training for teachers 
  • racial reconciliation seminars