Since 1981, the Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies has offered educational programs for educators, students, and the community. Through education and unique programming, the Institute—a collaboration between RVCC and the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties—promotes awareness, understanding, and compassion. The Center offers educational seminars, workshops, and presentations for students and teachers about the lessons learned from the Holocaust as well as genocides that continue today.
The Morris and Dorothy Hirsch Research Library of Holocaust and Genocide Studies is located on the second floor of the Evelyn S. Field Library at Raritan Valley Community College. Established in 1999, the library houses books, a video collection, and other reference materials for research and study as well as an area for classroom instruction. The Morris and Dorothy Hirsch Research Library of Holocaust and Genocide Studies offers an extensive collection of materials on the Holocaust, genocides, and diversity.
Summer Book Series
Join us for a Summer Book Series hosted on Zoom
Resilience During Challenging Times: Books That Provide Hope
Friday, August 28th, 3 - 4 pm, we will discuss A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ismael Beah
All of these books highlight the perilous conditions experienced in areas of conflict and how these individuals survived.
The books are available online to download to read or listen to through the Somerset County Library System. The program is free. To join the book discussion please email Program Specialist, Michelle Edgar at, Michelle.Edgar@Raritanval.edu.
This series is being co-sponsor by The Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at RVCC, The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties, The Holocaust Education Center of the SSBJCC and 3GNJ.
Learning From the Struggles of Racial Injustice Both Here and Abroad
presented by The Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at RVCC
Join us for a live discussion and Q&A on Zoom. The program is free of charge and open to the public.
The series includes the following Online programs in September:
Thursday, September 10th at 10 AM, we will hear from Dr. Susan Neiman speaking to us from Germany about her book Learning From The Germans Race and the Memory of Evil. In the wake of white nationalist attacks, the ongoing debate over reparations, and the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and the contested memories they evoke, Susan Neiman’s Learning from the Germans delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings. Click here to view the flyer.
Thursday, September 17th at 10 AM, we will hear from Antoinette Sithole speaking to us from South Africa about the difficulties she faced growing up during apartheid, the impact of losing her brother, and the work she is doing to educate and inform people today. Click here to view the flyer.
To join this global discussion, email Program Specialist Michelle Edgar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The series is being co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties, The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, the Holocaust Education Center of the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center and 3GNJ.