Clark University Establishes Country's First Ph.D. Program In Holocaust History

Oct 13, 1997, 01:00 ET from Clark University

    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
     "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
     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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