The director of Northern Arizona University’s Martin-Springer Institute will head up the national group that represents similar Holocaust studies groups at more than 100 colleges and universities across the continent.
Björn Krondorfer was elected chair of the National Higher Education Leadership Consortium of Centers in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies by his fellow directors.
The organization brings together groups that are committed to securing, integrating, and advancing studies of Holocaust, genocide and human rights within higher education.
“It is an honor to have been entrusted with this leadership role by my colleagues,” said Dr. Krondorfer. “We hope to facilitate further growth of the consortium, carve out a space in U.S. higher education and the public humanities, and have our voice heard in debates about genocide, human rights, and the Holocaust.”
The consortium’s mission is to show the value of centers such as the Martin-Springer Institute in a time when support for humanities is on the decline and racism, xenophobia and anti-Antisemitism are on the rise, lending national leadership as well as financial and research support.
Krondorfer has authored and edited a variety of texts on the Holocaust. He most recently edited a collection of work by scholars titled The Holocaust and Masculinities, which looks at the role men play as gendered beings before, during and after the holocaust. It was published by SUNY Press earlier this year.
The Martin-Springer Institute is an institution committed to bringing the experiences of the Holocaust into today’s society through a variety of education programs based on the principles of intercultural understanding and dialogue.