UCLA, an early pioneer in Holocaust Studies, continues to offer cutting edge scholarship, engaging classes, and a busy roster of public programming in the field. Leve Center affiliates demonstrate an astonishing range of expertise within the field of Holocaust Studies, as well as in the engaged fields of Memory Studies and Genocide Studies.
Taken as a whole, our award-winning scholarship explores a vast swath of the terrains in which the Holocaust took place and/or cast a shadow: across all the regions of Europe into North Africa, and through the many communities in which survivors settled. Not only do we explore the Holocaust era, we plumb its legacy in literature, film, photography, art, politics, and public memory–through the disciplines of Anthropology, Digital Humanities, History, Literary Studies, and Sociology. A number of faculty approach the Holocaust from a comparative perspective that situates the specificities of the Shoah in relation to other histories of racism, political violence, and genocide. The scholarship of our faculty is public-facing, and frequently featured in the international press.
Our popular courses draw thousands of undergraduates a year, and operate in tandem with Bearing Witness, and UCLA’s cluster program. UCLA has become a destination for doctoral students seeking a broad, deep, and rigorous training in Holocaust Studies, and the Leve Center is able to support them through dedicated fellowships. Graduate students as well as faculty are also active in the Working Group in Memory Studies. Our alumni teach at distinguished universities around the world and produce path-breaking scholarship of their own.
The Leve Center carries on a half-century, dedicated partnership with the 1939 Society to host workshops, seminars, and lectures. The 1939 Society has also endowed one of the oldest and most prestigious chairs in Holocaust Studies in the country, a position held for many years by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Saul Friedländer and currently held by the literary scholar Michael Rothberg. In addition to the 1939 Society, the center works closely with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Holocaust Museum, Los Angeles, units across UCLA and the UC System, and many other institutions locally, nationally, and internationally.
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