Spring 2022 HGI Center Events Start with Holocaust Remembrance Day

Robert Williams of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will speak on January 27.

Photo of HGI event in 2019Continuing its 25th anniversary celebration, Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith (HGI) Education Center will host five events during the spring 2022 semester.

The schedule of events begins with a commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday, January 27.

Here is a complete list of events:

Thursday, January 27, 6 p.m.: From Awareness to Action: Confronting Antisemitism at Home and Abroad
The HGI Center will commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day with Robert Williams, deputy director for International Affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Williams will lead a virtual discussion about how current conspiracy theories and tropes fuel antisemitism domestically and internationally, and how Holocaust education is one of the many ways to combat it. Register here

This event is organized by the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College and is co-sponsored by Manhattan College’s HGI Center, among other partners.

Tuesday, February 8, 3:30 p.m.: Afghanistan: What Now?
Manhattan College faculty will deliver presentations on human rights, international law and the history of the Afghanistan conflict. Resources for action will be provided from local groups. The event is open to the Manhattan College community and will take place in Kelly Commons 5B.

Thursday, February 17, 7 p.m.: Rohingya Genocide with Wai Wai Nu
A conversation about the Rohingya genocide and Wai Wai Nu's personal challenges in Myanmar. Wai Wai Nu was imprisoned with her family and now is an advocate for the Rohingya in the United States. The event is open to all and will take place in Kelly Commons 5C.

Tuesday, March 8, 7 p.m.: Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe
Farid Hafez, Ph.D., a visiting professor of international studies at Williams College, will speak about rising acts of violence against Jews and Muslims across Europe. The event is open to all and will take place in Kelly Commons 4C. Co-sponsored with the department of Religious Studies.

Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m. : Yom Hashoah with Survivor Sami Steigmann
On Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the HGI Center will remember the victims of the Holocaust. The event is open to all and will take place in Kelly Commons 5C. 

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and face masks are required for all in-person attendees. 

For more information about any of the HGI Center’s fall events, contact Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center, at mehnaz.afridi@manhattan.edu.

By Pete McHugh