This fall, Michael Dobkowski, professor of religious studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has participated in two talks and presentations. First, he served as a moderator and panelist for a program, “The Literature of Atrocity” that took place on Monday, Oct. 27 at St. John Fisher College. Other panelists include Susan Nowak of Nazareth College and Barbara Lovenheim of Monroe Community College.
Then, on Wednesday, Oct. 29, Dobkowski offered a talk following a showing of “Schindler’s List,” as part of a Films of Remembrance event at the Little Theater in Rochester.
In addition, he will lead and facilitate a discussion on Cynthia Ozick’s novel “The Shawl” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10 at the Wood Library Community Room in Canandaigua. This event is part of Wood Library’s participation in the National Endowment for Arts-Writers & Books classic “Big Read.” The book follows two women from the Holocaust to their lives four decades later in America.
A member of the HWS faculty since 1976, Dobkowski is an expert on genocide, terrorism and the Holocaust. He holds a bachelor’s, a master’s and his doctoral degrees from New York University. A prolific writer, he has written “The Tarnished Dream: The Basis of American Anti-Semitism,” “The Politics of Indifference: Documentary History of Holocaust Victims in America,” “Jewish American Voluntary Organizations” and, in 2006, he co-authored “Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear States & Terrorism.” He has co-written other volumes on the Holocaust and genocide, and also co-wrote The Nuclear Predicament: Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century. His book On the Edge of Scarcity (co-written with Isador Wallimann) was released in 2001.
He has participated four times in the Goldner Holocaust Symposium at Wroxton College in England, most recently in 2006; and was a Fellow at the Institute for the Teaching of the Post-Biblical Foundations of Western Civilization at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received the New York University Ferdinand Czernin Prize in History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.