At the USHMM

Jake Newsome giving a special tour of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s permanent exhibition “The Holocaust.”

“The Untold Story of Gay and Lesbian Germans during the Holocaust,” Congressional Interns from the Victory Institute. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC. June 2019. 

Americans and the Holocaust: Information, Agency, and Responsibility during Crisis,” Workshop for UCLA Chancellor’s Campus Climate Impact Summit for student leaders. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC. December 2018.

Ethics, Agency, and Leadership during the Holocaust,” College Student Interns from the U.S. Department of State. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC. July 2018. 

“Gender, Sexuality, and Citizenship in the Third Reich and West Germany,” Command and General Staff College Genocide and Mass Atrocity Studies Seminar. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC. April 2018.

The Role of the Academe in Combating Violent Extremism,” U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC. October 2017. 

The Nazi Campaign against Homosexuality,” Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar: Gender and Sexuality in the Holocaust. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC. January 2017.

Making Queer Subjects Visible in Holocaust Studies,” Summer Research Seminar: Sexual Violence in the Holocaust. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC. August 2016.



As part of his work at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Dr. Newsome helped develop the Regional Campus Outreach Program, which places the history of the Holocaust into conversation with local or regional histories in the US to explore emerging research on common themes across disciplines, fields, and geographic regions. The first of these regional programs explored Race and Society in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South. These programs are neither an equation of suffering nor meant to gloss over the uniqueness of each historical period. Instead, they bring communities together to explore what can be learned from studying the similarities, differences, and gray zones of these two histories. This multi-year program consisted of a series of campus panel discussions, student workshops, pedagogy roundtables, and a two-day symposium at colleges and universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. (Learn More)



Bystanders and Complicity in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South 
University of Alabama at Birmingham. February 2018.
This symposium brought together scholars, students, and community members to engage in meaningful dialogue on how, when, and why ordinary people supported, complied with, ignored, or resisted racist policies in two very different systems of targeted oppression and racial violence.

UAB Symposium

(Un)Comfortable Identities: Representations of Persecution
Humboldt State University. Arcata, California. October 2017. 
By exploring emerging research on the representation of historical persecution, this symposium examined the lasting impact of persecution on memory and identity for communities in different historical contexts. In bringing together educators and scholars from diverse disciplines, the symposium initiated meaningful dialogue about trauma, identity, violence, and discrimination against communities in Europe and the Pacific Northwest. 

Humboldt Symposium


Landscapes of Displacement: Borderlands in Comparative Perspective
San Diego, California. September 2016.
Co-organized with USHMM Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and San Diego Mesa College School of Social/Behavioral Sciences and Multicultural Studies, this interdisciplinary symposium explored current and emerging research on borderlands, refugees, and displacement in Holocaust studies, Latina/o and Chicana/o studies, Asian American studies, American Indian studies, and African American, Africana, and Black studies.


Landscapes of Displacement
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