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Undergraduate Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The Holocaust was a watershed event, not just for the 20th century but also in human history. It was not an accident; it occurred because individuals, organizations, and governments legalized discrimination, fostered prejudice and hatred, and ultimately committed mass murder. Survivors of the Holocaust are passing away; their voices will soon no longer be heard, their stories no longer told. This certificate will provide basic information about the Holocaust, its context, and similar genocides. The goals are manifold: to combat efforts to deny historical truths and to honor the memory of survivors and their cultural legacies; to combat prejudice, hate, intolerance, and discrimination; to develop recognition and respect for cultural diversity; and to stimulate reflection on the fragility of democratic institutions and the roles and responsibilities of citizens to protect the human rights of all people.

Congratulations Elizabeth Wenger!
Elizabeth Wenger has won the Jack and Lavon Brosseau Creativity Award in writing! Elizabeth was recognized for one of her creative-nonfiction essays “Still Frame,” which is part of her larger undergraduate thesis “Dancing to Utopia.” Wenger’s writing combines personal experiences, quotations, research, and visual markers that guide readers through this creative-nonfiction essay. Wenger is a senior majoring in both English and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and a minor in Jewish Studies and in History. Congratulations Elizabeth!
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