Jennifer Rodgers, the 2011-2012 Ben and Zelda Cohen Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will speak at Flagler College on March 19.
Rodgers, in residence at the center through the end of June, will speak on “The Politics of Holocaust Memory” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Gamache-Koger Theater in the Ringhaver Student Center on the corner of Sevilla and King streets in St. Augustine. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Rodgers is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Pennsylvania. She received a master’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in German and European studies from American University. For her Ben and Zelda Cohen Fellowship, she is conducting research for her dissertation, “From the ‘Archive of Horrors’ to the ‘Shop Window of Democracy’: The International Tracing Service and the Transnational Politics of the Past.”
“I am interested in how archives shape historical processes,” Rodgers writes in her profile. She examines “how the American, West German and French governments used the organization and its so-called archive of horror to promote and legitimize their political and cultural agendas between in the Cold War era. Control over the ITS had immense practical and symbolic significance for each nation, and my research reveals its surprisingly influential role in the development of the Cold War; postwar relations among the West; European integration; and the politics of memory in West Germany and France.”
Rodgers’ lecture is also sponsored by the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by the generosity of the Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation and Stephen Cypen.
Flagler College is an independent, four-year, comprehensive baccalaureate college located in St. Augustine.