Uncomfortable Histories: From Nazi Book Burnings to Contemporary Book Bans

Feb 14, 2024 12:00PM—1:30PM



Cost Free

Event Contact Laura B. Cohen, Ph.D. | Email

Virtual Event Co-Sponsored by HHREC

This event is part of the 2023-24 Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Colloquium, “Weaponizing the Past: Art, History and the Rhetoric of National Greatness.” The event is organized by the KHC and is co-sponsored by the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College; the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University; the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center in Cincinnati; the Holocaust & Human Rights Center in White Plains; and the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University.

Join us for a conversation about the erasure of uncomfortable histories, beginning with an overview of the 1933 Nazi book burnings as part of Adolf Hitler’s plan to “cleanse” public discourse and participate in an “Action Against the Un-German Spirit.” Within this nationalist framework, our speakers will address the current drive to ban, censor, and eliminate texts from libraries and schools. Featuring Dr. Christina Dobbs, Assistant Professor and Program Director for English Education at Boston University and Dr. Eileen Chanza Torres, Associate Professor of English at Westminster University of Salt Lake City.