Rowan Center for the Study of Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights

Dr. Jennifer Rich, Sociology, Executive Director
Mr. Jody Russell Manning, History, Director of Programming
Dr. Mikkel Dack, History, Director of Research
Dr. Debbie Sharnak, History, Director of Human Rights Initiatives

Here's our 2021 Fall calendar!

2021 Fall Calendar

In December 2017, select leaders of academic Holocaust and Genocide Studies Centers from across the country gathered in Washington, DC to discuss the state of the field. The Rowan Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies emerged onto the national stage as an innovative advocate for interdisciplinary study of these important topics and a leading force in preparing future generations of educators to know about genocide, understand its context, and act to make a difference in our troubled world. 

Today’s newspapers and web newsfeeds are sadly filled with stories of hatred, prejudice and bigotry. Seventy years after the Holocaust, genocide still exists and political rhetoric has often become heated and directed at marginalizing those who are different. In order to combat pressing global problems of rising antisemitism and Islamophobia, bullying, and violence against whole peoples, Rowan University established the Rowan Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (RCHGS) in 2015. Linking the study of past mass atrocities with action, the RCHGS is committed to making a difference in our world today and tomorrow.


Over the next ten years, the RCHGS will become a leading national center in the field of Holocaust and genocide education and research. It will lead vital discussions about prejudice, discrimination, war, and violence in order to in order to encourage civil dialogue and critical engagement Through transformative education and programming, we will shape future leaders who recognize that it takes courage and compassion to stand up for populations who have been “othered” in some way, and who develop the skills needed to create positive change in society.


The RCHGS will be at the forefront of development of Holocaust and genocide education, and will stake new ground in scholarship, particularly in the areas of memory, and how people remember and respond to genocide.


  • KNOW.  Interdisciplinary Research: the RCHGS will produce research that is cross- and inter-disciplinary, which we will share with national and international scholars.
  • UNDERSTAND. Graduate education and public programs: Rowan University will create and offer the nation’s first M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Education. To extend our outreach, we will offer public programs to our regional community.
  • ACT.  Activism: The interaction between the Holocaust, other genocides, and human rights is critical, and we will encourage participants in our degree and non-degree programs to take action on local, national, and international levels.

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