The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity

Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity

The Ray Wolpow Institute’s mission is to advance knowledge about the Holocaust and genocide, including ethnic and religious conflict as well as attendant human rights abuses, and to provide students with the critical analytical tools to analyze, understand, and differentiate their underlying complexities and to work towards their prevention. Under the direction of Dr. Sandra Alfers, the Institute has hosted and organized a variety of programs (e.g. workshop for teachers in Holocaust education, library exhibit on the refugee crisis in Europe) and lectures (e.g. on antisemitism, Holocaust denial, the Rwandan genocide, historical trauma in Native American communities). The Wolpow Institute also regularly partners with departments and programs on campus and supports programing (e.g. Tournées French Film Festival) that align with the institute’s mission. Your financial gift to the Wolpow Institute supports future speaker events, faculty research, curriculum development, and student scholarship.

The Institute’s current areas of support include:

Holocaust and Genocide Studies Curriculum Development: The Wolpow Institute supports and enhances curriculum development across disciplines and colleges, including an undergraduate minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and international study abroad opportunities.

Speaker Series: Our goal is to sponsor and co-sponsor exceptional scholarly and educational programming through public lectures and performances, exhibits, film festivals, and professional development opportunities.

Regional Symposium: In partnership with The Holocaust Educational Foundation at Northwestern University, the Wolpow Institute will host the 2019 inaugural regional symposium “Teaching the Holocaust in the Global Age.” Regional Holocaust symposia focus on new topics in the field, cutting-edge research, and pedagogical practices. To support the 2019 event, as well as future regional symposiums, donations are most welcome. 

Faculty Research and Support: The Wolpow Institute aims to provide funding opportunities for Western faculty to support teaching, research, and other scholarly activities related to Holocaust and genocide studies.

Student Scholarships: Currently, the Wolpow Institute is soliciting interested donors to fund a 2019-2020 academic year scholarship to support Western students in their various fields of study.

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Loran Zenonian

Director of Development Loran Zenonian is here to answer questions about how you can support the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at (360) 650-7647 or loran.zenonian@wwu.edu.