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Accounting for the Stages of a Genocide

This week-long seminar uses the ten stages of a genocide to introduce attendees to the threats of genocide facing us today. Using the Holocaust as an example, we explore how the ten stages appear within the Holocaust. Anti-semitism, a form of racism, is seen as a precondition of the Holocaust. The seminar focuses upon the ways that the stages progress toward a tragic conclusion. During the peak phase actors become identifiable as perpetrators, victims, bystanders, or rescuers on the basis of the exercise of their agency. Questions in applied ethics are posed. Resources for teaching about genocide and the Holocaust are offered.

This seminar is for participants in humanities, historians, ethicists, and persons with a concern about social justice. The seminar should inform participants about the process of a genocide like the Holocaust and make available resources for further study and teaching. Likewise, it will highlight ways to promote peace building and avoid genocide or mass atrocities.

Seminar Schedule. Seminars run Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a midday communal lunch. Seminar conveners may adjust the class schedule in response to participant needs. Special events may also be held during the week. Participants are required to attend the full week of seminar meetings and maintain 90% attendance overall.

Seminar Materials. Eligible participants are provided with all required seminar materials (books, articles, laboratory equipment, and entrance fees).

Accommodations & Meals. Limited housing accommodations are provided to participants who live more than 50 miles from the program site. All admitted participants are provided with some meals during the program period.

Application Procedure. Applicants should submit the completed application along with all of the following:

  • A statement of intent that indicates how the seminar participant will apply what is learned at the home institution
  • A current CV
  • A letter of support from either the division dean or department head, who is well-acquainted with the applicant’s area of research
  • Their institutional liaison officer’s approval