Drew University

Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study in co-sponsorship with the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University presents the eighth annual one-day conference commemorating Kristallnacht


Wednesday, November 8, 2000


Uses and Abuses of Language in Holocaust/Genocide:

Facing a Challenge Still With Us Today


8:30                             Registration & Coffee


9:00 – 9:15                  Welcome & Greetings: Dr. James Pain, Dean, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies & Dr. Ann L. Saltzman, Co-Director, Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study


9:15 – 10:15                Morning Keynote: “When Killing is not Killing: Manipulating Language for Sinister Purpose”

Speaker: Dr. Ervin Staub, Professor of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


10:15 – 11:30              “The Medium of Language: A Panel Discussion”


The Nature and Limits of Language – Professor Jacqueline Berke,

Co-Director, Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study


How Language Affects Thinking – Dr. Jenny Halleran,

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Drew University


Language in the Third Reich: A Case Study  – Dr. Neil Levi,

Assistant Professor of English, Drew University


11:30 – 12:00              “The Language of Politics: How to Recognize the Truth When You Hear It” Speaker: Dr. Neal Riemer, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Drew University

12:00 – 12:45              Lunch

12:45 – 2:15                Introduction to Afternoon Sessions: Professor Jacqueline Berke

Afternoon Keynote:

“The Language of Holocaust Testimony: Text & Subtext”

Speaker:   Dr. Lawrence Langer, Professor of English, Simmons College, Boston, author of Holocaust Testimonies and Pre-empting the Holocaust


Respondent: Dr. Anie Kalayjian, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Fordham University, “Reviewing Testimony from Survivors of the Armenian Genocide


2:15 – 3:45                  “Language as Bridge: A New Lexicon of Hope and Healing”

Speaker:  Dr. Kathleen Rusnak, Director of Support Services & Pastoral Care, The Connecticut Hospice; formerly Study Program Coordinator, Nes Ammim, Israel


Respondent: Dr. William Rogers, Associate Dean, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, “Learning the NEW Language of Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland Today


3:45 – 4:00                  Mid-Afternoon Refreshments


4:00 – 5:00                  Closing Plenary:

Follow-up discussion with speakers, moderated by Dr. Ann L. Saltzman