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Deconstructing the redemptive power of 'bearing witness'
A new comparative study finds genocidal legacies are not experienced as trauma across cultures. (2012-11-21)

ICA Fellow and past President Barbie Zelizer named Patten Lecturer
International Communication Association Fellow and past President Barbie Zelizer has been named a William T. Patten Lecturer at Indiana University. She will deliver two lectures in Bloomington, IN, during the week of Oct. 22-26, 2012. (2012-05-08)

RUB researcher analyzes Ghetto Pension trials
In 2002 the German Bundestag passed the so-called (2012-03-02)

Kahana to receive GSA's 2011 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award
The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Eva Kahana, Ph.D., of Case Western Reserve University as the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award. (2011-08-02)

British philanthropist Trevor Pears receiving doctore from Hebrew U.
Respected British philanthropist Trevor Pears CMG, will be among 10 distinguished figures to receive honorary doctor of philosophy degrees on Sunday, June 19, at the opening session of the 74th meeting of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Board of Governors. (2011-06-13)

Raoul Wallenberg -- an example of the importance of humanist education
During a stay in Hungary in 1944 Raoul Wallenberg started a large rescue mission on his own initiative and developed the principle of issuing Swedish protective passes which gave Jews some degree of protection during World War II. Lars Brink researches on Raoul Wallenberg and his personal development and shows the importance of humanist education in the broad sense in also enabling conflicts to be managed today. (2011-06-08)

President's Medallions, honorary doctorates to be given at UH Commencement
Three distinguished leaders will be presented with President's Medallions in recognition of their service to the University of Houston (UH) and higher education. In addition, three eminent leaders in their fields will receive honorary doctorate degrees. UH President Renu Khator will award these honors at the university's commencement ceremonies May 13 and 14. (2011-05-12)

Nonscientific portrayal of the Israel-Palestine conflict in Swedish textbooks
The portrayal of the conflict between Israel and Palestine in lower secondary school textbooks is presented on the basis of ideological assumptions without any adequate basis in research or the curriculum's objective of a critical approach, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (2010-12-06)

Population report: More Jews live in the US than in Israel
A new report called Jewish Population in the United States-2010 published by researchers from the University of Miami and the University of Connecticut shows a greater number of Jews in the US than in Israel. The report includes new Internet-based estimates of small Jewish communities that had not been included in previous reports. (2010-10-21)

Re-evaluating the time of your life
Professor Dov Shmotkin of Tel Aviv University's recently published research reveals that people's well-being and their adaptation can be ascertained by their (2010-10-11)

Psychological pain of Holocaust still haunts survivors
Holocaust survivors show remarkable resilience in their day-to-day lives, but they still manifest the pain of their traumatic past in the form of various psychiatric symptoms, according to an analysis of 44 years of global psychological research. (2010-09-20)

Study finds echoes of the Holocaust in Russia's economy, politics
Russian cities and regions whose Jewish populations bore the brunt of the Holocaust have seen lower economic growth and wages ever since, according to a detailed new analysis of seven decades of Soviet and Russian data. These same areas have also tended to resist political reform, exhibiting greater popular support for Communist candidates since the collapse of the Soviet Union. (2010-06-17)

New cases of genocide often denied after Holocaust
Experiences from the Holocaust led to the international community coming together and agreeing on the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Despite this, more cases of genocide occurred during the 20th century than during any other century.Research at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that it is precisely these comparisons with the Holocaust that have often hindered intervention on the part of the international community. (2010-03-07)

Does the devil really wear Prada? The psychology of anthropomorphism and dehumanization
People talk to their plants, pray to human-like gods, name their cars, and even dress their pets up in clothing. We have a strong tendency to give nonhuman entities human characteristics (known as anthropomorphism), but why? A new report examines the psychology behind anthropomorphism. (2010-02-25)

Holocaust survivors at higher risk for all cancers
Jewish survivors of World War II who were potentially exposed to the Holocaust are at a higher risk for cancer occurrence, according to a new study published online Oct. 26 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2009-10-26)

Apology for human rights abuses has precedent in US
The growing global movement to apologize and make restitution to victims of human rights abuses is gathering steam in the United States. It won't be the first, however, because the nation has a precedent of government restitution in three examples found in the history of the American West, says Sherry Smith, president of the Western History Association and a history professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. (2009-09-28)

Texas A&M researcher shows possible link between 1918 El Niño and flu pandemic
Research conducted at Texas A&M University casts doubts on the notion that El Niño has been getting stronger because of global warming and raises interesting questions about the relationship between El Niño and a severe flu pandemic 91 years ago. The findings are based on analysis of the 1918 El Niño, which the new research shows to be one of the strongest of the 20th century. (2009-09-14)

War, genocide 'difficult knowledge' to teach younger students
University of Illinois education professor Brenda M. Trofanenko says the study of genocide and (2009-09-08)

Unspoken memories of Holocaust survivors find silent and nonpathological expression
Aspects of knowing about a parent's or grandparent's Holocaust experiences and traumas are transmitted to other members of the family through unspoken and sometimes unintentional behaviors in the home. This leads to a (2009-06-22)

Wordless Holocaust memories speak truths for today
The Holocaust has shaped discourse on collective, social and cultural memory, serving both as touchstone and paradigm, according to a study published this month in the journal Memory Studies, published by SAGE. (2009-05-11)

If not for the Holocaust, there could have been 32 million Jews in the world today
If it were not for the Holocaust, the number of Jews in the world would likely today be at least 26 million, and perhaps even as much as 32 million, says Prof. Sergio DellaPergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (2009-04-22)

New Jewish history book provides understanding of capitalism, anti-Semitism
It's impossible to understand the history of anti-Semitism, or of capitalism, without taking a non-ideological look at political theories on Jewish economics. That's the view of Jonathan Karp, a faculty member at Binghamton University and author of a new book, (2009-01-13)

Not Kristallnacht but what followed that brought about 'final solution'
It is not Kristallnacht but what was decided in its wake that launched the series of especially draconian measures against the Jews of Germany, a Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor contends in a new book that has just been published in connection with the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht. (2008-11-10)

Wiesel and Whitman among notable American recipients of TAU's highest honor
Eleven international luminaries were awarded honorary degrees at TAU Board of Governors meeting. (2008-05-20)

The Holocaust was not experienced in the same way by everyone
Jewish experiences of the Holocaust are complex. Swedish researcher Laura Palosuo from Uppsala University has studied the testimony of Hungarian survivors, and in her dissertation she shows that the way different people experienced the anti-Jewish legislation and the violence in the German occupied areas is linked to gender, age and social class. (2008-03-31)

Adult offspring of parents with PTSD have lower cortisol levels
A small study suggests that adults whose parents are Holocaust survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder appear to have lower average levels of the stress hormone cortisol than the adult offspring of parents without PTSD, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-09-03)

Promising treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder sleep disturbances
For sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep disturbances are among the most treatment-resistant symptoms and can lead to drug and alcohol abuse and even suicide. Previously, there has been little success in treating these sleep disorders with psychopharmacologic approaches. In a study in the April 15 issue of Biological Psychiatry, researchers have found that an inexpensive, widely available drug was successful in reducing symptoms in chronic PTSD patients. (2007-04-17)

How do we stop genocide when we begin to lose interest after the first victim?
Follow your intuition and act? When it comes to genocide, forget it. It doesn't work, says a University of Oregon psychologist. The large numbers of reported deaths represent dry statistics that fail to spark emotion and feeling and thus fail to motivate actions. Even going from one to two victims, feeling and meaning begin to fade, he said. (2007-02-15)

Men who haven't been victims less likely to believe child sex abuse claims
Some guys just don't get it. In this case, that commonly used setup line doesn't result in a joke. A University of Oregon study has found that young men who have never been traumatized are the least likely population to believe a person's recounting of child sexual abuse. (2007-02-13)

Educational programs designed to encourage co-existence have very little effect on Israeli youth
Research conducted at the University of Haifa reveals that educational programs for Jewish and Arab youth that are designed to encourage peaceful co-existence do not change accepted stereotypes and basic understandings. (2007-02-01)

US HUD secretary to deliver keynote at Rutgers-Camden
US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson will deliver the second Richard C. Goodwin Lecture in Honor of Ethel Lawrence at Rutgers University-Camden at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. (2007-01-31)

UGA study finds that social workers may indirectly experience post-traumatic stress
A first of its kind study by a researcher in the University of Georgia School of Social Work finds that repeatedly hearing the stories of trauma victims doubles the risk of social workers themselves experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. (2007-01-04)

UCLA multiculturalism advocate selected for richest prize in humanities
A UCLA English professor and former administrator renowned for his study of the role of racial and ethnic minorities in American literature has been selected to receive the richest prize in the humanities. Eric J. Sundquist, who has taught on and off at UCLA since 1989, will recieve $1.5 million over three years as one of four 2006 recipients of the Mellon Foundation's Distinguished Achievement Award, the foundation has announced. (2006-12-20)

Clinton Foundation joins efforts in the fight against AIDS in Ukraine
Clinton Foundation joins efforts in the fight against AIDS in Ukraine, with Elena Franchuk and Victor Pinchuk. (2006-09-21)

New electronic resources to strengthen Germany as a center of research
National licences provide free access to databases, digital text collections and journal archives of major academic publishers. (2006-08-25)

102nd American Political Science Association Annual Meeting examines role of power in politics
The 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) will convene from August 31 to September 3 in Philadelphia, Penn. on the timely theme of (2006-08-18)

The Gerontological Society of America chooses 2006 Hartford Faculty Scholars
Twelve outstanding geriatric social work faculty members have been chosen as the newest inductees into the Hartford Faculty Scholars Program, a venture funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, administered by The Gerontological Society of America, and directed by Dr. Barbara Berkman. The individuals who receive this distinction are provided with opportunities for professional development and $100,000 in funding over the next two years. (2006-05-02)

From neighbors to killers: Book explores the personal horror of Rwanda's genocide
A new book by UW-Madison political scientist Scott Straus deals head-on with one of the most disturbing aspects of the 1994 genocide campaign in Rwanda -- that it was carried out, in essence, by everyday people, who quickly transformed from neighbors to killers. (2006-03-21)

Hebrew University professor wins prize for work on WWII and the Jews
An international prize for the best book on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust has been awarded to a Hebrew University of Jerusalem political scientist, Prof. Shlomo Aronson. (2005-10-17)

Babies show ripple effects of mothers stress from 9/11 trauma
Pregnant women present during the September 11 World Trade Center collapse have passed on markers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to their unborn babies through transgenerational transmission. The findings strengthen the evidence for in utero or early life risk factors for the later development of adult mental or physical disorders. The study will be published online today in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, one of the four journals produced by The Endocrine Society. (2005-05-03)

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