​​​​​​​​​The advisory committee for the Dr. Harold Abel Endowed Lecture Series in the Study of Dictatorship, Democracy and Genocide will invite to campus distinguished scholars to discuss the past, present and future of worldwide genocide. The series focuses on the impact of historical events such as the Holocaust and mass murders in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America.

Spring 2021 - Art Spiegelman

Thursday, February 18
7:30 p.m.
Webex link for Art Spiegelman event

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Art SpiegelmanJoin us for a virtual conversation with author and illustrator Art Spiegelman, who created the Pulitzer Prize winning Holocaust narrative Maus, portraying Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. The book weaves Spiegelman's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father into a retelling of one of history's most unspeakable tragedies. The book offers an unforgettable story of survival and a disarming look at the legacy of trauma. 

Art Spiegelman will share images from Maus and discuss how they relate to today’s context at home and around the world. Following the presentation, audience members are invited to participate in a Q&A session with the author. You can submit questions in advance here.

About Art Spiegelman

Maus book coverHaving rejected his parents’ aspirations for him to become a dentist, Art Spiegelman studied cartooning in high school and began drawing professionally at age 16. He went on to study art and philosophy at Harpur College. As creative consultant for Topps Bubble Gum Co. from 1965-1987, Spiegelman created Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids and other novelty items. He taught history and aesthetics of comics at the School for Visual Arts in New York from 1979-1986. In 2007 he was a Heyman Fellow of the Humanities at Columbia University where he taught a Masters of the Comics seminar. In 1980, Spiegelman founded RAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine, with his wife, Françoise Mouly. Maus was originally serialized in the pages of RAW. He and Mouly more recently co-edited Little Lit, a series of three comics anthologies for children, and publish a series of early readers called Toon Books—picture books in comics format. In 2011, Spiegelman won the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, marking only the third time an American has received the honor. In 2018 he received the Edward MacDowell Medal, the first-ever Edward MacDowell Medal given in comic art. 

Additional Student Opportunity

Friday, February 19, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. via WebEx event

This is a rare opportunity to talk with the Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman, author of the graphic novel Maus. If you sign up for this, you must have read Maus. (Details will follow on how to read it.) Space is limited to the first 25 students who show up. Register for the student discussion

Event Sponsors

Sponsored by the Dr. Harold Abel Endowed Lecture Series in the Study of Dictatorship, Democracy and Genocide and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Critical Engagements initiative.



Past Speakers


Martin Lowenberg
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Video: Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Megan Bradley
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
"Ending Exile: The Meaning and Making of Solutions to Refugee Crises"

Laura Jockusch
Thursday, November 9, 2017
"Jewish Honor Courts in the Aftermath of the Holocaust"

Jennifer Trahan
Friday, April 7, 2017
"From Rwanda to the Present: The Prosecution of Atrocity Crimes"

Debó​​​​rah Dwork
Thursday, November 17, 2016
You Too Can Make a Difference: Rescue and Rescuers during the Holocaust

Christine Ahn​
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Video: "Women's Leadership in the Korea​n Peace Process"

Steven E. Aschheim​
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
"Why the Germans? Why the Jews? The Perennial Holocaust Question​​"

Allida Black​
April 1, 2015
"Can a Declaration Combat Genocide?​"

Steve Hochstadt
November 17, 2014
"Seeing the Holocaust from Shanghai"

Zoltan Tibori Szabo
March 24, 2014
"Right Wing Extremism in Central and Eastern Europe​"

Murry Sidlin
November 19, 2013
"Terezín,  1941-1945: The Most Unlikely, Curious, Accidental, Enigmatic, and Inspiring ‘Improvised University’ in History"

Vera Meisels
April 7, 2013
Video: Reading by Holocaust survivor Vera Meisels​

Robert Melson
March 21, 2012
Video: "The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust Through the Extraordinary Experiences of Two Survivors Who Outwitted Their Killers"

Guy Stern
November 9, 2011
Video: "Kristallnacht: A Night of Broken Glass, Broken Bodies, Broken Hearts"

Gérard Prunier
March 28, 2011
Video: "The Partition of Sudan & the Crisis in the Arab World"

Claudia Koonz
November 9, 2010
Video: "Genocide and the Moral Order in a Globalized World"

Gerhard Weinberg
November 9, 2009
Video: "A New Look at Hitler and the Beginning of the Holocaust​"