6 February 2023 • Faculty Dobkowski Reflects on Holocaust Documentary

Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski will participate in a panel discussion in Rochester as part of a screening of the new Ken Burns documentary The U.S. and the Holocaust.

Alongside other experts on the Holocaust, genocide and human rights, Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski will explore the political and humanitarian response of the U.S. to the Holocaust.

On Monday, Feb. 13, the Little Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. will host a screening of excerpts from The U.S. and the Holocaust, a new three-part documentary directed and produced by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein. The screening will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the panel discussion.

Dobkowski will join Michael Boester, Professor of Geography in the Department of Chemistry and Geosciences and the Endowed Chair of Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies at Monroe Community College (MCC), and William Drumright, Associate Professor of History and Faculty Advisor for the Holocaust Genocide and Human Rights Project at MCC. The conversation will be moderated by Beth Lilach, Executive Director of the Konar Center for Tolerance & Jewish Studies at Nazareth College.

Admission is free. Click here for more information or to reserve tickets.

At HWS, Dobkowski teaches courses in Jewish Studies and Holocaust and Genocide Studies, serves as the coordinator of the Holocaust Studies Minor, and is a founding member and current co-chair of the Genocide and Human Rights Symposium. He was instrumental in establishing the biennial off-campus program, The March: Bearing Witness to Hope. For 20 years, the March has offered participants a unique and memorable experience focusing on important landmarks and historical sites in Germany and Poland that are central to understanding the Nazi period and World War II, culminating in the Holocaust.

Dobkowski is the author, coauthor or editor of more than 10 books including The Tarnished Dream: The Basis of American Anti-Semitism (1979), The Politics of Indifference: Documentary History of Holocaust Victims in America (1982), Jewish American Voluntary Organizations (1986) and Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear States and Terrorism (2007). He has co-written and edited other volumes on the Holocaust, genocide, nuclear weapons and anti-Semitism, including The Coming Age Of Scarcity (1998), The Nuclear Predicament: Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century (2000) and On The Edge of Scarcity (2003). His recent work has focused on Judaism and violence and anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Dobkowski holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from New York University. As a member of the HWS faculty, he received the Faculty Scholarship Prize in 2008.