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Women and the Holocaust: Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education

Why study women and their experiences in the Holocaust? It was not until the 1980s that historians such as Joan Ringelheim and other academics began to ask the question “Where are the women?” in the story of the Holocaust. This conference is not an attempt to create a competition of suffering between males and females. It is merely an acknowledgement that women’s experiences, because of their gender and socialization, were simply different from men’s.

In the words of historian Myrna Goldenberg, both sexes experienced “different horrors, but the same hell.” Our conference scholars will present their latest research on women in the Holocaust — not as just victims, but as survivors, rescuers, collaborators and even as perpetrators. John Stuart Mill once wrote that the way a society treats women tells us a great deal about how civilized that society is. By exploring the position of women in the Holocaust, we are revealing what half of the world’s population experienced, thereby enhancing our understanding of the chaos and destruction that was the Holocaust.

The Ninth Annual Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education “Women and the Holocaust” will take place Oct. 17-19. We look forward to seeing you all this fall.

Free and Open to the Public. Please register online to help with our planning.

The Countenance Of Hope: Towards An Interdisciplinary And Cross-Cultural Understanding Of Resilience

February 25-26, 2016 in PLU’s Anderson University Center

The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.

– Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela



“Resilience”, derived the from Latin resilire, meaning to rebound or recoil, was first used in the early seventeenth century to describe the ability of materials such as wood, iron and bronze to withstand severe loads without breaking. Used now in a wide range of fields including epidemiology, psychology, business, biology and ecological science, public policy, post-disaster recovery and community development, the term has evolved into a concept that describes the capacity to withstand and overcome the stress and devastation related to traumatic events such as violent conflict, forced migration, major epidemics, natural disasters and climate change.

Event is free but registration is required at http://www.plu.edu/wang-center-symposium/registration/.

Wang Center Symposium