Center Staff: 

 

Dr. Mehnaz Afridi

Associate Professor of Religious Studies,
Director, Holocaust Genocide and Interfaith Education Center Director

mehnaz.afridi@manhattan.edu

http://www.manhattan.edu/faculty/mehnazafri 

Dr. Jeff Horn

Professor of History,
Former Holocaust Center Director

jeff.horn@manhattan.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ireland Twiggs 

Student Assistant to the Director 

itwiggs01@manhattan.edu 



 


Dr. Frederick Schweitzer

Professor Emeritus of History, Director Emeritus
 




 

Brother Peter Drake F.S.C.

Associate Director

Prof. Frederick Schweitzer Remembers Bro. Peter Drake, F.S.C.

 

Board Members: 

 

  • Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Chair, Br. John G. Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies, Director, Core Curriculum Iona College, NY
  • Dr. Brennan O'Donnell, President, Manhattan College
  • Dr. Keith Brower, Dean of School of Liberal Arts, Manhattan College
  • Dr. William Clyde, Provost, Manhattan College
  • Br. Jack Curran, Vice President for Mission, Manhattan College
  • Mithat Gashi, Consultant, Lecturer at Lehman College, New World High School Principal, NY
  • Lois Harr, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Director Campus Ministry & Social Action, Manhattan College
  • Marilyn Honigman, Painter, Artist, Second Generation, NY
  • Dr. Jeff Horn, Professor History, Manhattan College
  • Marti Michael, Retired Executive Director, The Riverdale Y, New York
  • Barbara Reynolds, Former Assistant Director of HGI, Fordham Prep. NY
  • Dr. Paul Droubie, Assistant Professor of History, Director of International Studies, Manhattan College
  • Dr. Kevin Ahern, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College
  • Dr.  Nuwan Jayawickreme, Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of Peace Studies, Manhattan College
  • Dr. Frederick Schweitzer, Professor History, Emeritus, Manhattan College
  • Martin Spett, Survivor and Artist, Riverdale NY
  • Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn, Rabbi of Congregation Tehillah, Riverdale NY
  • Rabbi Robert Kaplan, is currently the founding Director of The Center for Community Leadership, (formally known as CAUSE – NY) a division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC)
  • Dr. Lisa Rizopoulos, Professor of Education, Manhattan College

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Calendar of Events

Under Siege Again? Holocaust Distortion and the Rise of Hate Crimes Against Jews

To commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination and concentration camp, join us for a conversation about how antisemitism at the international, national, and regional levels fuel holocaust distortion, as well as the challenges in prosecuting religiously-based hate crimes locally. Featuring Michael Brovner, Chief of the Queens County District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Bureau in New York City, and Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Please Register via Zoom at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-E2sbLFKTZOm08NuRWn1Vg

Lessons of White Nationalism, Racism, and Government

The Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center invites you to an interdisciplinary Teach-In with faculty and students on Feb. 2nd at 7 pm: "Lessons of White Nationalism, Racism, and Government,” featuring; Rev. Thomas Franks, Rev. Dr. Courtney Bryant, Dr. Jonathan Keller, and Dr. Jeff Horn. They will speak for ten minutes each followed by questions and discussion. The United States faces a reckoning: serious issues divide Americans. Blatant racism, sexism, Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and violence are constantly on display. However, this nation has pledged that the respect and care of every living being and non-violent change can unite us in our democratic values. As John F. Kennedy said in 1961, “Let both sides explore what problems unite us.” We must seek understanding to face the challenges of our time. At Manhattan College, we seek dialogue, and the critical exchange of ideas as we engage with one another equally and dream of a better future. In keeping with Lasallian values, the Manhattan College community will redouble educational efforts for our students to undertake campus-wide reflection on teaching and our core values of civic responsibility, racial justice, and moral integrity. This Interdisciplinary Teach-In is a forum with expert faculty from Manhattan College; Campus Ministry and Social Action, History, Political Science and Religious Studies. Student representatives will submit questions beforehand to ensure the inclusion of student voices in this forum. Please join us via google meet: https://tinyurl.com/teachinfeb2 Please submit questions for Q&A: https://tinyurl.com/hgiquestions

Feb17

Who Is My Neighbor?: Race, Culture, and American Life

The Judith Plaskow Lecture of Women and Religion will be presented by M. Shawn Copeland, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Theology at Boston College. This lecture interprets the ‘Parable of the Good Samaritan’ as told by the Jewish rabbi Jesus of Nazareth and recorded in the Christian Scriptures in order to probe its usefulness for contemporary living. Civility, decency, respect, along with basic democratic values seem to be under assault around the globe. Perhaps, critical consideration of the basic command––to love one’s neighbor as oneself––might help us recover “the better angels of our nature.”

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