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Clark University’s Strassler Center to Hold Lecture Series on Holocaust

Saturday, February 22, 2014

 

The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Clark University has announced several lectures and events to take place this spring. 
 
Established in 1998, the Strassler Center is a unique institute, which currently stands as the only place in the world to study Holocaust History and Genocide Studies at the doctoral level.

The following events will take place this spring, and are free and open to the public. 
 
“Lies, Truth, and Fiction: The Holocaust in Literature”
Thursday, March 13 - 7:30 p.m.
Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House, 11 Hawthorne St., Worcester

Ruth Franklin, contributing editor at the New Republic, will explore the limits of the statement, "Literature is art and memoir is fact" in the context of Holocaust memoirs and literature.

Can literature help us understand the truth of atrocity? Is memoir as straightforward and truthful as it seems at first glance? Franklin first explored these ideas in her 2011 book, “A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction.” Her lecture is part of the Critical History Lecture series exploring Truth in History.
 
“Antisemitism and Catholicism in Postwar Poland”
Wednesday, April 2 - 4:15 p.m.
Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House, 11 Hawthorne St., Worcester

Professor Brian Porter-Szűcs (University of Michigan) will talk about Polish antisemitism after 1945 drawing on his new book “Poland in the Modern World: Beyond Martyrdom,” which moves beyond the familiar emphasis on Polish tragedy and suffering, and contextualize modern Polish history within a global framework.

 
“On Truth and Memoirs: The Case of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Army”
Thursday, April 17 - 7:30 p.m.
Tilton Hall, Higgins University Center, 950 Main St., Worcester

Scholars of the Armenian Genocide and the Turkish media are embroiled in a vigorous debate over the authenticity of a single memoir. The memoir was written by an Armenian man, Sarkis Torossian, a member of the Ottoman military, who left after learning of the murder of his family by the Ottoman regime. Professor Taner Akçam (Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, Clark University) will provide an overview of why and how this one document has become the focus of so much discussion.

For more information, visit the Strassler Center's website or call at 508-793-8897.

 

Related Slideshow: Central MA Colleges & Universities with the Highest Student Debt

Seven in 10 college seniors (71%) who graduated last year had student loan debt, with an average of $29,400 per borrower, according to a new report released by the Institute for College Access and Success.

According to the Institute’s Project on Student Debt, the average student debt in Massachusetts is $28,460, but what about the state's individual institutions? Check out the slides below to see the average debt graduates are accruing at colleges and universities in Central Massachusetts. (Not all schools self-reported student debt; if not, they are not in the slideshow). 

Note: All data is based on four-year or above institutions for students graduating in the 2011-2012 academic year. Worcester Polytechnic and University of Massachusetts Medical School are not included in the data below, because they did not report the average debt of their graduates.

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#7 Worcester State Univ.

Average Student Debt: $20,449

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 74%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 20%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 861

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 3,901

In-State Tuition and Fees: $7,653

Total Cost of Attendance: $21,585

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 21%

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#6 Clark University

Average Student Debt: $25,175

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 91%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 15%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 539

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 2,218

In-State Tuition and Fees: $37,350

Total Cost of Attendance: $46,200

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 20%

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#5 Holy Cross

Average Student Debt: $26,567

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 55%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 16%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 692

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 2,872

In-State Tuition and Fees: $41,488

Total Cost of Attendance: $54,358

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 16%

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#4 Nichols College

Average Student Debt: $30,890

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 89%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 29%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 278

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 1,116

In-State Tuition and Fees: $30,400

Total Cost of Attendance: $43,315

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 34%

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#3 Assumption College

Average Student Debt: $34,579

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 81%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 29%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 485

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 2,090

In-State Tuition and Fees: $32,545

Total Cost of Attendance: $45,830

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 18%

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#2 Becker College

Average Student Debt: $44,596

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 95%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 33%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 239

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 1,400

In-State Tuition and Fees: $28,490

Total Cost of Attendance: $42,710

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 48%

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#1 Anna Maria College

Average Student Debt: $49,206

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 86%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 39%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 165

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 803

In-State Tuition and Fees: $29,860

Total Cost of Attendance: $42,930

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 38%

 
 

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