WORCESTER, Mass., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A Center for Holocaust Studies offering the country's first doctorate-granting program in Holocaust history and the most comprehensive undergraduate program in Holocaust and genocide studies is being created at Clark University. In addition to being the first such program in the United States, it is the only one of its kind outside of Israel. "Through this new Center for Holocaust Studies, we are establishing Holocaust history as a new academic field of study in higher education," said Clark President Richard P. Traina in announcing the Center's inauguration. "The Holocaust is a defining, pivotal event not just in Jewish history, but world history and, therefore, should be part of the educational canon." The Center is designed to educate and train students to be college and university professors, teachers at all levels, scholars, archivists, librarians and museum curators through classroom learning, independent research, internships and public service opportunities. The Center is directed by internationally renowned Holocaust scholar Deborah Dwork, author of the widely acclaimed "Children With A Star" and coauthor of the award-winning "Auschwitz: 1270 to the Present." Dwork is the Rose Professor of Holocaust Studies and Modern Jewish History and Culture -- one of Clark's two permanent, fully endowed, full-time professorships for the Center. Clark University is currently engaged in a $20 million fundraising campaign for the Center, with nearly $6 million already raised under the leadership of David Strassler, who serves on the Clark University Board of Trustees and is outgoing chair of the Anti-Defamation League.
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