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Apply: NEH Summer Seminar "The Search for Humanity After Atrocity"

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities

June 17-30, 2021

Application Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021

Kean University is proud to announce this seminar, led by Dr. Dennis Klein, professor and director of the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Jewish Studies programs. This virtual summer seminar has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.


This two-week seminar will rethink the prolific field of atrocity studies by exploring it from the perspective of victims. Using the Holocaust era as a case study, it aspires to determine the emotional demands of survival. Though usually the province of psychological study, traumatic injuries occur in contexts that historians are equipped to evaluate for their influence on victims' internal dynamics and legacies. This seminar is designed for higher education faculty at all career stages but also welcomes human rights and other NGO leaders, museums and memorials of conscience directors and curators, and Holocaust and other genocide center directors. Others may inquire at This seminar offers participants $2100 for completion of the seminar. In addition, each participant can spend up to $105 for books. Participants may request formal certificates of completion.

What to Expect

This seminar, due to the likely continuation of the Covid pandemic, will be conducted virtually. While this is a different medium than face-to-face, a virtual seminar of this caliber is now accessible to participants who otherwise couldn’t take part. We will strive for collegiality by creating time for more discussion than originally planned; asynchronous videos, narrated slides, curated tours of relevant collections, and online discussion circles for informal conversations and resource sharing; and synchronous visits by scholars, NGO leaders, curators for Q&A, and survivors. Due to time-zone differences we will meet synchronously (live and together as a whole group) each day (except weekends) from 12noon to 4 or 5PM EDT. Preparation for the next day can take place outside of synchronous hours.

For more information, please visit the seminar website:

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted online at along with an attached résumé no later than March 1, 2021. Two letters of reference are required. Let your referees know that they need to submit their letters by March 1, 2021, also—to

NOTE #1: We will notify all applicants of their status on Friday, March 27, 2021. If you are an accepted applicant, you will have until Friday, April 5, 2021, to either accept or decline our offer. If you choose to decline, we will go to our list of alternates.

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