Exclusion, Violence, Genocide: The Holocaust Legacy


Mar. 25, 2020, 4pm to 7pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Marietta TIberti Grand Hall


According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.  A watershed in human history, this singular event exposed major flaws in political systems and raised questions about human nature and the future of civilization.  Even nations priding themselves on their sophistication proved susceptible to the politics of exclusion and engaged in systematic violence against religious and ethno-racial minorities.  This conference explores the Holocaust in an interdisciplinary perspective, representing history, law, economics, journalism, psychology, sociology, education and political science.  The format reflects the newly approved social studies content areas in public education and will feature web-based curricular resources.  The forum addresses several key questions about the Holocaust and its legacy:  What historical context breeds the totalitarian state and nourishes the machinery for mass destruction?   Which legal, educational, and family institutions were harnessed by the Nazi in the service of the Holocaust?  What are the tell-tale signs of a genocide in the making?  How did the extermination of Jews during the Second World War differ from kindred historical events?  Why is fascist ideology still popular today among certain extremist groups?  What are the lessons of the Holocaust and how can we prevent such a catastrophe from happening again? The public forum “Exclusion, Violence, Genocide: The Holocaust and Its Legacy” is part of the Justice & Democracy Forum Series sponsored by the UNLV Center for Democratic Culture and William S. Boyd School of Law.  The conference will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 4:00-7:00 p.m., at the Tam Alumni Building, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Among the distinguished speakers discussing the Holocaust legacies are Gregory Brown, Department of History; Stephen Bates, School of Journalism; Addie Rolnick, Boyd School of Law; Robert Futrell, Department of Sociology; Shelley Berkley, Former Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives; Michael Kagan, Boyd School of Law; and Susan Dubin, Holocaust Education Resource Specialist; Leanne Barnes, Department of Psychology; Esther Finder, President, Generations of the Shoah – Nevada.

Admission Information

The event is open to the public. Admission is free.

Contact Information

Department of Sociology
Dmitri Shalin

External Sponsor

UNLV Center for Democratic Culture • Nevada Governor’s Advisory Council on Education Relating to the Holocaust • William S. Boyd School of Law • College of Liberal Arts • Department of Sociology • Department of History • Department of Political Science • Generations of the Shoah–Nevada • Holocaust Survivors Group of Southern Nevada • Jewish Nevada.  The event is held at the Tam Alumni Building, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.