Special Seminar Series: 

Crimes Against Humanity:  Historical Trauma and Legal Response


Craig-Kade Scholar in Residence

Department of Germanic, Russian and Eastern European Languages and Literatures

October 4,  18; November 1, 15, 29; December 13

The workshop will focus on the legal, political, historical, and pedagogical issues raised by efforts to create coherent, judicially manageable responses to unprecedented crimes.  We will examine how the criminal trial has been used as a tool of collective pedagogy, as a means by which to construct and strengthen new national identities, and as a privileged stage on which collective struggles to come to terms with historical trauma have been played out.  In addition to studying the most important human rights trials of the past sixty years and the legal precedents they have set, we will examine truth commissions and other non-prosecutorial responses to collective violence and state-sponsored atrocities.  Readings will be supplemented by screenings of trial proceedings, documentary films, and discussions with human rights advocates


  • Belinda Davis, Professor of History, has been appointed Director of the Center for European Studies for 2018-19.
  • Majors and Minors: European Studies 360:301 Construction of Contemporary Europe will be offered in fall 2018
  • Resources and Outreach -- Grants

CES Events

24 Oct 2018, 12:00PM
to 24 Oct 2018, 01:30PM
*NEW DATE* Jan Kubik, “Rebellious Students, Revolutionary Hippies and Persecuted Jews: 1968 in Poland,”
26 Oct 2018, 09:15AM
to 26 Oct 2018, 02:00PM
Teach Europe workshop
29 Oct 2018, 04:00PM
to 29 Oct 2018, 06:30PM
Philipp Ther, "Refugees and Integration History in an Enlarged Europe"

Europe-related Events on Campus

05 Nov 2018, 04:30PM
to 05 Nov 2018, 06:00PM
Lecture by William Chester Jordan
14 Nov 2018, 04:30AM
to 14 Nov 2018, 06:00PM
Russian and Polish Poetry Evening
04 Dec 2018, 11:00AM
to 04 Dec 2018, 12:30PM
German/Cinema Studies Lecture: Genevieve Yue (CUNY)


Rose Petals Falling through the Pantheon's Oculus


Fountain designed to look like human faces


The Parthenon


European skyline (Links and Resources page)