Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies

Announcing a new collaborative project

Modern Genocide: Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1992-1995:

Voices of the Survivors


We hope to expand this into a larger project of survivor testimonies, to include survivors of the Jim Crow South, Rwanda, and other survivors of genocidal violence.


Fall 2021 events will include:

Andrea Pino-Silva

"An unapologetic storyteller, fearless advocate for survivors of sexual assault and LGBTQ people of color, Andrea L. Pino-Silva is committed to bringing together grassroots organizing and radical storytelling to build intersectional and accessible social movements. With a background in movement building and digital communications, Andrea believes in the power of stories behind movements, and their unique power to mobilize “everyday activism.”

The daughter of Cuban refugees, Andrea attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a first generation college student, where she majored in Political Science and pursued research on the media framing of sexual violence, with a particular focus on LGBTQ and students of color. She is co-author of “We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out,” and co-founder of the national survivor advocacy organization End Rape on Campus, where she worked for over five years to support students in learning their rights under Title IX, and in changing their campus sexual assault and harassment policies. 


Linda Beatrice Brown

Linda Beatrice Brown is the author of three novels and numerous poems, plays, short stories and essays. Her middle grade novel, Black Angels, is set during the Civil War.  A retired professor of African American Literature, Linda graduated from Bennett College in 1961 where she took part in the sit-ins. Her book, Belles of Liberty, published in 2013, grew out of her life long decision to speak out for justice and equality and the participation of Bennett women.



March 2021: HGHR steering committee members John Cox and Amal Khoury, with long-time HGHR professor Dr. Sarah Minslow, are publishing a book on genocide-denial, based on our April 2019 conference

Denial: the Final Stage of Genocide? will be published in late 2021 and includes contributions from well-established as well as emerging scholars. 

More about the Center's research here


Spring 2021 events

April 13, 2021, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Webinar / no registration required:

Transgender Necropolitics and the Contemporary Anti-Transgender Movement

Lecture & dialogue with Haley Brown


Haley Marie Brown is a transgender woman and a recent graduate of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies M.A. Program at Stockton University in New Jersey. In 2019, her pathbreaking research in examining the genocidal nature of transphobia and anti-trans violence was recognized as “offering the most important contribution to the study of gender and genocide in nearly two decades” by IAGS [the world’s leading genocide-studies association] President Henry Theriault.
The recent legislation in Arkansas and North Carolina are an existential threat to all transgender people in the United States. With a conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court, such legislation is designed with one specific intention: to get the Supreme Court to effectively legislate transgender people out of existence altogether.
Sponsored by UNCC’s Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies, the Women’s & Gender Studies Program, and the university’s LGBTQ+ Caucus



April 15, 2021, 11:30 am - 1:15 pm

Kurdish Women Making Revolution in Rojava (North and East Syria)



Events earlier this semester

February 25, 2021, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Hamlet, NC Fire of 1991: The Real Cost of “Cheap Labor”

Speakers include Bryant Simon, author of the award-winning 2017 book on the atrocity, and Ashaki Binta, long-time activist with Black Workers for Justice and other movements; she was active in advocating for justice for the victims and survivors in the aftermath of the tragedy. 

January 26, 2021, 7:00pm, on Zoom: 

Dr. James E. Waller

“Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing"
Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Author of two of the most influential books in genocide studies published this century -- Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (2002) and Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide (2016) -- and, most recently, A Troubled Sleep: Risk and Resilience in Contemporary Northern Ireland (2020).
He serves on the board of the Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism, has served as editor-in-chief of Genocide Studies and Prevention, and is an honorary member of the International Expert Team of the Institute for Research of Genocide-Canada. Waller is also widely recognized for his work on intergroup relations and prejudice.  
Important report written by Dr. Waller in late October 2020: "The Escalating Risk of Mass Violence in the United States"
Co-sponsored by Appalachian State University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies and Queens University's Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice

Information about our Minor,

including lists of Fall 2021 classes


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Here are some links to local organizations that are helping folks who are being hit the hardest during the COVID-19 crisis.

Updated on August 6 (2020): Loaves & Fishes is looking for a few more volunteers to deliver food.

Migrant Solidarity Fund: Mutual Aid and Emergency Assistance

Urban Promise    /  Project 658  /  Project Bolt

 OurBridge  /  The Bulb  /  Block Love  / Heal Charlotte

From Time Out Youth, a great local organization that assists & empowers LGBTQ youth:

  • To view Charlotte Pride's article how LGBTQ orgs in Charlotte are responding to COVID-19 click here.
  • Charlotte Pride has also created a Facebook Group to connect community members.
  • To view Equality NC's compiled list of resources available in North Carolina click here.




Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz

July 27, 1922 - November 17, 2019

Dr. Cernyak-Spatz speaking at UNCC on November 9, 2016. Photo: CDK GLOBAL

Our Center only exists because of Dr. Cernyak-Spatz's work, vision, and inspiration over the course of her many years at UNCC. She left us late last year after an extraordinary 97 years.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made in her memory to a fund established to sustain “German Studies 3650: The Holocaust through German Literature and Film,” a seminar Dr. Cernyak-Spatz created and taught for decades. How to give.

News articles about Dr. Cernyak-Spatz, who laid the foundations for Holocaust Studies and for our Center, and links to interviews and other resources


Higher Peace Facebook group




UNC Charlotte is located on the traditional homelands of the Catawba NationFor the full land acknowledgement, please click here

For more information about land acknowledgments, visit this site from the Native Governance Center, and for any questions or concerns about this UNC Charlotte land acknowledgment, please contact Dr. Elisabeth Paquette ( or Dr. Andrea Pitts (