Public History

CURRENT PROJECT

Extrajudicial Violence & Questions of Complicity in the Holocaust and Jim Crow South

Regional Campus Outreach Initiative
United State Holocaust Memorial Museum

An examination of the history of the South and the history of the Holocaust can initiate broader discussions about the nature of violence, discrimination, complicity, and resistance for multiple groups in different historical contexts. This initiative consists of a series of lectures, panel discussions, student workshops, pedagogy roundtables, and an interdisciplinary symposium on multiple college campuses across five states that allows students and scholars in various disciplines to engage in meaningful dialogue on how and why ordinary citizens in different historical contexts become involved in violence and discrimination against minorities on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, or sexuality.

Campus Panel Discussions in this program include:

Memphis Panel PosterReckonings: History, Memory, and Extrajudicial Violence in Global Perspective (University of Southern Mississippi, April 2017)

Liberty and Justice for All? Race, Sexuality, and Citizenship in the Wake of the Holocaust and Jim Crow South (Valdosta State University, April 2017)

Arkansas, Yugoslavia, and Sierra Leone: Race, Ethnicity and Violence in a Global Perspective (The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, February 2017)

 

Violence & Memory: Historical Traumas from the Holocaust to the Jim Crow South (The University of Memphis, February 2017)

Refugees & Racial Cleansing: Displacement from the Holocaust to Jim Crow Arkansas (Arkansas State University, February 2017)

OTHER PROJECTS

Pink Triangle Legacies: Holocaust Memory and International Gay Rights Activism,” Nursing Clio (blog), April 20, 2017.

Exhibition Consultant for “The Era of the Holocaust,” an exhibition curated by students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which was on display at the Priddy Library of the Universities at Shady Grove campus from December 2016 – January 2017.

Perfect Arrangement

A Comedy Based on Serious Political History, a brief
history of the Lavender Scare included in the playbill for Perfect Arrangement, directed by Amy Berlin and performed at Richmond Triangle Players theater in Richmond, Virginia. September 28 – October 22, 2016.

Volunteer at the Pink Triangle of San Francisco’s annual ceremony commemorating the Nazis’ gay victims. San Francisco, California. June 2014. (www.thepinktriangle.com)


INVITED LECTURES & TALKS

(For a list of research presentations at academic conferences, click here.)

The Damnedest of the Damned: The Nazi Persecution of Gays and Lesbians,” Temple Isaiah. Palm Springs, California. April 2017.

“‘Liberation Was only for Others:’ Violence and the Burden of Memory for Gay Holocaust Survivors,” University of Southern Mississippi. Hattiesburg, Mississippi. April 2017.

‘For Homosexuals, the Third Reich Hasn’t Ended Yet:’ Memory, Victimhood, and the Law in West Germany,” Valdosta State University. Valdosta, Georgia. April 2017.

The Damnedest of the Damned: The Nazi Persecution of Gays and Lesbians,” Weber State University. Ogden, Utah. March 2017.

“’Remembrances of Things Once Hidden:’ The Grassroots Efforts to Memorialize the Nazis’ ‘Forgotten Victims,’” 60th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference. Omaha, Nebraska. March 2017.

Pink Triangle Legacies: The International Struggle to Memorialize the Nazis’ Gay Victims,” University of Memphis. Memphis, Tennessee. February 16, 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 11, 2017.

Making Queer Subjects Visible in Holocaust Studies,” Summer Research Seminar: Sexual Violence in the Holocaust. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC. August 16, 2016.

CONFERENCES ORGANIZED

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
Click for full program.

 

Traversing the Borderlands: Past, Present, and Future
Buffalo, New York. April 2013
22nd Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference, State University of New York at Buffalo. This international conference enabled graduate students from the United States, Canada, and elsewhere to share current research with fellow students and faculty members in a number of fields, including History, American Studies, English, Comparative Literature, Classics, Global Gender Studies, African-American Studies, and Disability Studies.

2013 UB Milton Plesur Grad. Conference