University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies



The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) is an academic research institution at the University of Minnesota, dedicated to educating all sectors of society about the Holocaust and other genocides.

Our interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Holocaust and genocide takes the form of academic and historical inquiry aimed at raising individual and social awareness of the topic.

We do this by:

  • Leading through scholarship. We study the Holocaust and other genocides of the past, examining the historical in order to highlight the ongoing problem of genocide and human rights violations throughout the world.
  • Welcoming scholars and artists. We invite international researchers, artists, performers, and filmmakers to share their insights and creativity.
  • Reaching out to our campus and beyond. We enlighten audiences through conferences, lectures, film screenings, art exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical performances at the University of Minnesota and throughout the state.
  • Partnering across the campus. With our colleagues at the University of Minnesota, we seek to understand the Holocaust and other genocides through cooperative inquiry in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and more.
  • Sharing our knowledge. As consultants to universities, news media, and civic organizations, we offer expertise on issues concerning the Holocaust and other genocides.
  • Preserving the record. Our vast, up-to-date resource library is open to scholars, educators, students, and the public.
  • Helping teachers. We support secondary-school classroom educators through workshops, curriculum materials, and expert assistance on teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides.
  • Encouraging students. We guide undergraduate and graduate student research on the Holocaust, other genocides, and further incidents of mass violence.