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Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Center at MCCC Announces Schedules of Lectures, Discussions and Films for Spring

1/23/18



“Tickling Giants,” a documentary by Sara Taksler, right, tells the story of Dr. Bassem Youssef, pictured left, the "Egyptian Jon Stewart." The film will be shown in two parts, Feb. 27 and March 1.

Commemorating Kristallnacht at the Holocaust Center in November.

Professor Emerita Vera Goodkin packed the room as she shared her story of survival during the Holocaust.

West Windsor, N.J. – As the Mercer County Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Center (HGHREC) announces its programming for the spring semester, MCCC Professor of History Dr. Craig Coenen, who directs the center with community member Edie Serafine, says that upcoming events are designed to inform, challenge and enlighten students and the community.

“Our group is deeply committed to enhancing awareness of human rights violations and the need for social justice,” Coenen said. “In looking back on significant historical events, we can gain a deeper understanding of the need for civility among people with different perspectives and for speaking up against hatred. It’s an important focus for Mercer students, as well as younger students and community members.”
Coenen added that MCCC is an appropriate environment for such activities. “Mercer has earned a well-deserved reputation for its inclusive environment and a diverse student body that thrives cooperatively.”

All events start at 12 noon in the Holocaust Center (LB200) unless otherwise noted.

The Holocaust Center is located on the second floor of the Library Building on Mercer County Community College’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Events are free and open to the public.

The schedule includes:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 30: The film “Aghet: A Genocide,” a documentary on the Armenian Genocide.
  • Thursday, Feb. 8: Student roundtable discussion on “Sexual Violence and Genocide.”
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20: The film “Only a Number,” by local filmmaker Steve Besserman, which tells the story of Besserman’s parents, who are Holocaust survivors.
  • Monday, February 26: The Steve Besserman documentary "Only a Number" will be rescreened for an evening audience at 7 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the MCCC Conference Center.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27 and Thursday, March 1: The film “Tickling Giants,” a documentary by filmmaker Sara Taksler, former senior producer of the Daily Show, tells the riveting story of Dr. Bassem Youssef (the Egyptian Jon Stewart) and his fight for free speech in Egypt. (12-1pm each day)
  • Thursday, March 8: Professor of History Dr. Craig R. Coenen presents "Oswiecim, Poland, Since 1945: Living with Auschwitz."
  • Thursday, March 22: Professor of Visual Arts Yevgeniy Fiks presents a slide talk, “Reflections of Birobidzhan: Soviet Union's Jewish
    Autonomous Region in Art."
  • Tuesday, March 27: E. Jan Kounitz - "My Father’s Journey," World War II collage presentation (tentative date).
  • Thursday, April 12: Yom HaShoah Commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
  • Wednesday, April 18: Jonathan Friedman Director, Holocaust Genocide Studies, West Chester University, presents "The Holocaust in Feature Films: Problematic Trends and Themes" in CM109.
  • Tuesday, April 24: Holocaust Survivors' Luncheon. (Tentative date.)
  • Tuesday, May 1: Student roundtable discussion on “Cultural Genocide.”
  • June 7, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: NJ State Holocaust and Genocide Commission Educator’s Conference at the MCCC Conference Center.

For more information and updates, visit www.mccc.edu/holocaust or on Facebook at @HCHREC.

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