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Clark to mark 20 years of doctoral training in Holocaust and genocide studies

WORCESTER – Two decades ago, after establishing the Rose Professorship, the first-ever endowed professorship of Holocaust History, Clark University, launched a small doctoral program, The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which has since earned an international reputation as a leading institute for training historians who study the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and other cases of genocide and mass violence.

Coinciding with this milestone anniversary, the Strassler Center has opened a new building, the Colin-Flug Graduate Study Wing that provides expanded library facilities and study space for doctoral students. A program celebrating the opening of this building and commemorating 20 years of doctoral education will include a symposium with PhD alumni from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Dana Commons.  

The symposium featuring former advisees of Professor Dwork will explore agency from multiple perspectives including victims, perpetrators, rescue, youth, gender, sexuality, education, religious observance, identity, humanitarianism, and memory. 

Strassler Center executive director Mary Jane Rein credits much of the Center’s success to the visionary leadership of Professor Dwork, who enjoyed a long and impressive tenure at Clark. She established the reputation of the Strassler Center as a leading program for preparing Holocaust historians and grew the research and teaching agenda to include the Armenian Genocide and other cases of genocide and mass violence around the globe.

“Professor Dwork is an extraordinary scholar, teacher, and mentor,” said Rein. “Her former advisees welcomed the opportunity to honor her by presenting research on the theme Agency in the Holocaust and Genocide. In groundbreaking scholarship, she has sensitively articulated the choices that inspired individual action or inaction. Our symposium participants pay tribute to their mentor by foregrounding agency as they explore this phenomenon through the lens of their individual research.”

For more information, call (508) 793-8897 or go to For a list of the Center’s fall events, visit

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