Past Events

2023-2024 Past Events

Co-Sponsored University & Community Events 

Winter 2024 Programs

Lunch & Learn

  • Lyric Crane, Class of 2022 - February 14, 2024
  • Danil Vishniakov, Class of 2016 - March 13, 2024

The Face of Migration - Pamela Kerpius - February 21, 2024

Center for Canadian-American Studies, Co-Sponsored by RWI

  • Complex Policy and Governance Landscape: Homelessness in Canada (Recording)
  • Reconciling Our Built Heritage: The Decolonization of 100 Wellington to the Indigenization of the Indigenous Peoples Building (Recording)

World Issues Forum, Co-Sponsored by RWI

  • Jeanine Ntihirageza - What Has a Man with a ‘Genocidal Machete’ Got to Do with a Belgian Military Officer: Commonalities and Differences between the genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda and the genocide against Hutu in Burundi (Recording)

With the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College CUNY

  • Uncomfortable Histories: From Nazi Book Burnings to Contemporary Book Bans (Recording)
  • Identity in Context: Building the American LGBTQ+ Museum (Recording)
  • Outlawing Homosexuality in Nazi Germany: Reflections on the film, “BENT” (Recording)
  • Paragraph 175: The Contemporary Impact of Nazi-era Homophobia and Persecution (Recording)

Fall 2023 Programs

World Issues Forum, Co-Sponsored by RWI

  • Jesintel: Living Wisdom from Coast Salish Elders – WWU Book Launch
  • Crafting Local Solutions to Address Grassroot Challenges
  • The African Union and the Crisis of Unconstitutional Changes of Government
  • Q & A led by Lulaine Childs, Co-Executive Producer, Madan Sara
  • People in Motion
  • Policing Surplus Population: Thoughts on the Limits of Black Lives Matter
  • The Finnish Health Care System

Marsha Lederman Talk - Kiss the Red Stairs: The Holocaust Once Removed, Congregation Beth Israel - Bellingham, WA

  • November 12, 2023 - 4:00 pm

With the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College CUNY

  • Weaponizing the Past: German Fascism in the Twentieth Century
  • Building and Sustaining Indigenous Cultural Institutions of Today
  • Archives of Nostalgia: Exploring America’s Many Pasts
  • 2023 Kristallnacht Commemoration: The State of Holocaust Education Today
  • Racism, Eugenics & Antisemitism: Connections between Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Race Laws
  • The Evian Conference and the Refugee Crisis: 85 Years LaterThe Evian Conference and the Refugee Crisis: 85 Years Later

2022-2023 Past Events

Co-Sponsored University & Community Events

With the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College CUNY:

  • "Surviving the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan: Sohaila Kakar's Refugee Journey," 2/22/23.
  • "Dramatic Engagement. The Arts and Holocaust Education," 3/15/23.
  • "Preserving Jewish Memory: Exploring Centropa's Library of Rescued Memories," 4/18/23.
  • "Wartime Cabaret: Remaking Theatre from a Jewish Ghetto," 4/26/23.

With the World Issues Forum, Fairhaven College, WWU:

  • "Climate Change and International Law: Prospects and Pitfalls," 5/3/23

“Hidden Silence: How Does Education Shape A Nation?,” with Bev Sellars, Anna Lees, and Hollie Mackey, April 6, 2023. In coordination with the Office of Tribal Relations. 

“Teaching Exclusion in Nazi Germany and the United States: Antisemitism and Racist Ideology in the Classroom, 1920-1945,” with Adam Knowles, Margaret Jacobs, and Hollie Mackey. The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Annual Lecture, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, April 7, 2023. In coordination with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Office of Tribal Relations.


2021-2022 Events

RWI Co-Sponsored Events

  • "From Slavery to Revolution: Afro-Cuban Folkloric Drumming of Matanzas," with Kupferberg Holocaust Center, April 27, 2022
  • "Art Against War, Art Against Hate: A Conversation with Grzegorz Kwiatkowski," with Kupferberg Holocaust Center, April 13, 2022
  • "The Visual Archive: Documenting the Holocaust and Genocide Through Photography, with Kupferberg Holocaust Center, April 12, 2022
  • "Gendered Memories: The Legacy of Wartime Sexual Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina," with Kupferberg Holocaust Center, March 29, 2022
  • "Gendered Aspects of LGBTQIA+ Experiences During the Holocaust," with Kupferberg Holocaust Center, March 16, 2022
  • "Returning What Was Taken: How Museums Approach Repatriation," with Sam Sackeroff, Lerman-Neubauer Associate Curator at the Jewish Museum, and Erin Thompson, John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, (Kupferberg Holocaust Center) March 8, 2022.
  • Sahba Aminikia and Aleksandra Vrebalov, Flying Carpet Children's Festival, "Cultural Landscapes of Confinement: Strengthening Vulnerable Refugee Communities at the Syrian-Turkish Border," with Kupferberg Holocaust Center, February 23, 2022
  • Dr. Alexandra Lohse, "The Nazi Camp Universe, 1933-1945: Landscapes of Suffering and Paths of Persecution," with Kupferberg Holocaust Center, February 9, 2022
  • 60 Years Later: The Eichmann Trial in Media & Memory | A Panel Discussion, with UMN CHGS, Wednesday, November 17, 2021
  • Connecting the Present with the Past: Teaching with the CHGS Digital Collections, with UMN CHGS, November 13, 2021
  • Why Media Matters: Media Literacy through the Lens of the Rwandan Genocide | Dr. j. Siguru Wahutu (Media Studies, NYU), with UMN CHGS, October 5, 2021, 

WWU Fairhaven College World Issues Forum

  • "Immigrant Justice and Racial Justice: What's the Connection?" Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA School of Law"Immigrant Justice and Racial Justice: What's the Connection?" May 11, 2022
  • Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA School of Law"Settlers and Immigrants in the American Experience" Aziz Rana, Cornell Law School, May 4, 2022
  • "Transnational Accountability for Atrocity Crimes in Africa" Babafemi Akinrinade with Amir Abedi and Regina, Wednesday, April 13, 2022
  • "Understanding Russia’s War on Ukraine," Susan Costanzo, Yuliya Tverdova, Sarah E. Zarrow, WWU Faculty Experts, Wednesday, April 6, 2021
  • "Human Rights in Latin America: Accountability and History in Mexico and Uruguay" | Dr. Debbie Sharna and Eben Levy, Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  • "Why They Didn’t Want You to Know about Residential and Boarding Schools | Brandi Morin," October 13, 2021
  • "The Taliban’s Return and Afghanistan’s Cycles of Exclusion | Dr. M. Bashir Mobasher," October 6, 2021

2020-2021 Online Events

Wolpow Institute Online Film Screenings:

  • June 7 – June 14, 2021Transit. Directed by Christian Petzold, performances by Franz Rogowski and Paula Beer, Music Box Films, 2018.
  • October 22, 2020Santa Cruz…por ejemplo. Directed by Günter Schwaiger, Dim Dim Productions, 2005.

Wolpow Institute Invited Speaker Events:

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021, “The Wannsee Conference Now & Then,” Dr. Matthias Haß, Director of Education, House of the Wannsee-Conference Memorial Site and Conference Center, Berlin, Germany. This public webinar was in partnership with the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota.
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020, “Breaking the Pact of Forgetting: The Franco Dictatorship and Historical Memory in Spain,” Dr. Alejandro Baer, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota, and Günter Schwaiger, Independent Filmmaker, “Santa Cruz…por ejemplo.”

Community Speaker Series Events:

  • Sunday, June 6, 2021, “The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams,” interview with author, Jonathan Ned Katz, moderated by Emily Weiner (WWU) and organized by Congregation Beth Israel.
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021, “Hitler’s Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal,” Dr. Marion Kaplan, Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History, New York University. Organizer WWU Department of Modern & Classical Languages.
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020, “Genocide Today: The Uyghurs in China,” Ellen J. Kennedy, Ph.D., Executive Director of World Without Genocide, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, MN. This public lecture was hosted by Fairhaven College and organized by the World Issues Forum. 
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020, “Ethnic Violence and Refugee Crisis: The Case of the Rohingyas in South Asia,” Srobana Bhattacharya, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University. This public lecture was hosted by Fairhaven College and organized by the World Issues Forum. 
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020Spaniards in Mauthausen: Representations of a Nazi Concentration Camp, 1940-2015,” Dr. Sara Brenneis, Professor of Spanish, Amherst College, Presented by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, and Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020, “Jim Crow Laws and Nazi Racial Policy: How the United States Influenced Hitler,” Tom White, Coordinator of Educational Outreach for the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire. Community Partnership. Organizer: Holocaust Center for Humanity Seattle.

Below are a few of the video presentations from our Invited Speakers and Community Speaker Series. For more free videos of past presentations, also visit Western Libraries’ Cedar Site

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Tom White, July 2020


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Sara Brenneis, October 2020


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Breaking the Pact of Forgetting, October 2020


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The Wannsee Conference Now & Then, January 2021