Kacandes Works with Students on Lessons of the Holocaust

Early on in her Dartmouth experience, German studies major Veronica Williamson ’17 did a research internship that turned out to be less fulfilling than she had hoped. “I was sort of just drilling down into this dark hole in the internet, and I felt very isolated in that,” she says.

But Williamson didn’t lose her interest in research. Fortunately, she found a mentor in Irene Kacandes, the Dartmouth Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature—and was able to contribute to a project that is making connections between history and urgent present-day events.

Kacandes, an expert on the Holocaust and traumatic memory, hired undergraduate research assistants, including Williamson, to help her prepare for an address she delivered in San Diego this fall at the 40th annual conference of the German Studies Association (GSA)—an interdisciplinary organization of international German-speaking scholars, for which Kacandes serves as president.

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In her lecture Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm, Moore Hall B03 Professor Kacandes will use a variety of historical examples to argue that it is not enough simply to say "never again" to the Holocaust and other traumatic events.

Kacandes will be giving a version of this lecture—“Seven Lessons I Learned from Studying the Holocaust and How They Can Help Us Cope with the Disgrace of Our Times”—at Dartmouth this weekend as the annual Zantop Memorial Lecture, given this year as part of a conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of Dartmouth’s comparative literature master’s program.

The talk, co-sponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities, starts at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, in Moore Hall’s room B03, and is free and open to the public.