Fall 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 2020  • 4:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
Making the Other: White Supremacy and Its Legacies

This talk by Dr. Khemani Gibson will explore white supremacy.  Though often associated with hate groups such as the KKK and neo-nazis, white supremacy’s power and influence extends beyond the belief that non-white people are inferior. Indeed, it is the less overt manifestations of white supremacy that have proven to be as insidious as its overt permutations. This talk will examine not only the origins and history of white supremacy in the United States but also the various ways the ideology takes shape in our current world both domestically and internationally.  Dr. Khemani Gibson received his Ph.D. in African-American and Caribbean History from NYU, where he is currently an instructor. His undergraduate degree is from Drew University, where he was a Civic Engagement Scholar, Baldwin Scholar and EOS Scholar.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and honors with a triple major in PANAF, history, and Spanish.  This talk is cosponsored by the following organizations at Drew University: the History Department, the History & Culture Ph.D. program, the History Club, and Special Collections & University Archives.  Registration is required.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
Working Through the Trauma of the Past:
Uncovering Family History in the Holocaust and WWII

Barbara Gilford is author of Heart Songs: A Holocaust Memoir about her family’s history.  She will discuss the process of researching the relationship between her father, who survived the Holocaust, and her father’s mother, who perished in Auschwitz. Barbara Gilford began as an educator and later maintained a clinical practice in psychotherapy for almost twenty-five years. Trauma, loss and suffering in her clients engendered in her deep appreciation for the strength and resilience embedded in the human psyche and spirit.  She is also an award-winning freelance writer for the New York Times and other publications. She will be joined by Kerstin E. White, who helped her by translating documents and letters. Kerstin has taught German and French courses at the college level and worked as a psychotherapist. She is the author of her memoir, Little Girl Found: A German Woman’s Story of Tuberculosis, Trauma and Healing. She is currently working on a new memoir about her immigration story and family history. Kerstin will illuminate the plight of non-Jewish German refugees fleeing the advancing Soviet army in the winter and spring of 1945. In talking about her mother’s traumatic flight from West Prussia as a child and the story of her loss, Kerstin will introduce a piece of history unknown to most Americans. In the context of inter-generational trauma, she will describe her own experiences as a second-generation survivor.  This program is co-sponsored by the Saint Elizabeth University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.  Registration is required.

Thursday, October 15, 2020 • 7:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
America and its Jews in the 1930s
The United States during the 1930s, as Nazism came to power in Germany and spread to Central Europe, itself was the scene of heightened action and talk against “the Jews.” Who were the Americans who joined in this chorus, some of which extolled Hitler and what motivated them? Did they actually represent a real threat? This talk explores 1930s America and the ways some Americans pinned the blame for their unease and distress on Jews, those at home and those abroad. Dr. Hasia Diner is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University. She is the author of several books, including most recently: Julius Rosenwald: Repair the World, Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way (finalist for the 2015 National Jewish Book Award), and We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962 (winner of the 2009 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies). This program is organized and hosted by the Saint Elizabeth University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education; it is cosponsored by the Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study.  Registration is required.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
Sousa Mendes and the Refugees of World War II

In commemoration of Kristallnacht, Joan Halperin will discuss her book My Sister’s Eyes about her family’s escape from Belgium. Her family members survived thanks to Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese Consul who issued visas (and passports) to Jews and others fleeing Nazi Germany during WWII.  Registration is required.