Holocaust and the Humanities in the 21st Century
Online Summer Class: MDFL 201E
The Holocaust is one of the most significant events of the 20th century. That people during a period of incredible intellectual and scientific advance persist in such barbarous behavior seems such a contradiction and therefore must prompt serious inquiry about the nature of modern life, the impact of technology, the persistence of religious and ethnic hatred and the role of the state in perpetuating hatred and violence. We have an obligation to make the past useable, to interpret it in creative ways, to employ history to interrogate the present, to insure that lessons are learned and that we not be rendered immobile or apathetic by the immensity of this past evil.
This seminar will investigate the particular strengths and limits of a wide range of resources from across the Humanities. The class explores how history, critical theory, philosophy, film and other academic fields have approached the understanding of the Holocaust, each of them adding a facet to the “truth” about the Holocaust. We will also consider the meaning of the Holocaust in contemporary German and American culture.
This class is taught online using Canvas.
For more information, contact Professor Rotter: mrotter @ umw.edu