About the National Higher Education Leadership Consortium
The National Higher Education Leadership Consortium of Directors of Centers in Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies
There are over two hundred centers dedicated to Holocaust, Genocide and/or Human Rights Studies located on the campuses of private and public universities and colleges across North America. These Centers respond to the ongoing challenges of upholding rights, preventing genocide, and teaching the lessons of the Holocaust, fulfilling a need both educationally for colleges and for the neighboring college communities. At this moment when support for humanities is declining, and the scourges of racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism are on the rise, the educational value that these Centers add to the higher educational landscape is vital but requires the national leadership that a formal consortium provides as well as financial, institutional and research support. In December 2017, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the USHMM assembled key stakeholders from these centers to foster exchange and to explore the potential for a more formal collaboration that would secure the existence of these centers. The national summit determined that the establishment of a formal consortium was a viable and necessary endeavor.
Who We Are:
The National Higher Education Leadership Consortium of Directors of Centers in Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies (NHEC) is the primary assembly and professional organization of center directors who are committed to securing, integrating, and advancing studies of Holocaust, genocide and human rights within the higher education landscape.
Our Mission and Vision:
The National Higher Education Leadership Consortium provides a formal network of diverse academic centers dedicated to advancing public and scholarly research and education on the Holocaust, genocide and human rights. It advocates on behalf of these centers, both in terms of individual support and legitimacy within host academic institutions but also in terms of relevance for these issues at local, regional, national and international levels. It facilitates and launches new networks and collaborations among specific centers that would share regional and state resources and develop projects, programs and other defined initiatives. It helps cultivate and leverage new opportunities and resources at the national level, including but not limited to financial support, professional development, curricular enhancements, and job placement for students, to train the next generation of consortium leaders. Our vision is to secure these centers as vibrant educational and research programs, to integrate the subject areas across disciplines in the curricular and degree programs, and to support students and faculties who seek professional opportunities on and off campus as educators and activists in the fields of Holocaust, genocide and human rights studies.
Mehnaz Afridi (Co-Director), Manhattan College
Wendy Lower (Co-Director), Claremont McKenna College
Mark Celinscak (Conference Chair), University of Nebraska at Omaha
Steven A. Carr, Purdue University Fort Wayne
David Frey, United States Military Academy at West Point
Beth A. Griech-Polelle, Pacific Lutheran University
Wolf Gruner, USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research
Douglas Irvin-Erickson, George Mason University
Thomas Keenan, Bard College
Hank Knight, Keene State College
Björn Krondorfer, Northern Arizona University
Thomas Kühne, Clark University
Thomas Pegelow Kaplan, Appalachian State University
David Simon, Yale University
Alan Steinweis, University of Vermont
Doyle Stevick, University of South Carolina
Scott Straus, University of Wisconsin