"Comparative Memory and Justice: The Holocaust and Racial Violence in America"

Event date: 
November 8, 2018 - 4:30pm to November 9, 2018 - 6:00pm

This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together scholars from a wide array of disciplines (History, Religion, Literature, Philosophy, Law) to discuss the shared legacies of African American and Jewish memories of racial violence and claims for justice. The aim of this interdisciplinary symposium is to make Princeton a home for this increasingly timely discussion. The symposium is not principally concerned with actual historical comparison: Rather to explore the way the memory of these very different events is employed in similar ways to “work-through” and atone for collective crimes, and to ultimately restore social justice.

This symposium is organized by Jonathan Catlin, and hosted by the Center for Collaborative History with generous funding from:

  • Department of Art and Archaeology
  • Department of Comparative Literature
  • Department of English
  • Department of French and Italian
  • Department of German
  • Department of Religion
  • Humanities Council
  • Program in American Studies
  • University Center for Human Values
  • (IHUM) Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities
  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS)
  • Program in European Cultural Studies
  • Program in Judiac Studies
Jonathan Catlin
Area of Interest: 
African American
Race & Ethnicity
War & Society
United States
19th Century
20th Century