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The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce that Professor Alejandro Baer has been named the Stephen Feinstein Chair and new director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Professor Baer is a distinguished scholar of Holocaust memory and testimony, and comes to Minnesota after serving on the sociology faculty of the Ludwig Maximilians-Universität-München in Germany. His books include Holocausto. Recuerdo y representación (Holocaust: Remembrance and Representation) and El testimonio audiovisual. Imagen y memoria del Holocausto (Audiovisual Testimony. Image and Memory of the Holocaust). In addition he has authored numerous articles addressing issues of genocide, memory, and Anti-Semitism. He is currently engaged in research focusing on the uses and abuses of Holocaust history and memory in the Spanish-speaking world as well as the trans-nationalization of memory.
Professor Baer has actively engaged the broader community in the issues addressed by his scholarship. He has directed the Spanish section of the Shoah Visual Archives project and has served as a member of the Spanish delegation to the International Task Force for Holocaust Education Remembrance and Research. With the support of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain, Professor Baer co-founded Radio Sefarad, designed to spread the ethical values, culture and science of Judaism through its history and current development to Spanish-speaking audiences. More recently he has curated a traveling exhibition, Visas for Freedom: Spanish Diplomats and the Holocaust, which he plans to bring to the Twin Cities.
In addition to serving as Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Alejandro Baer will join the Department of Sociology as an associate professor.