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Lessons in Resilience from the Holocaust and Genocide Featuring Nicole Fox: The Resilience of Female Survivors in the Aftermath of Genocide: Memorialization and Centering Women’s Experiences in Contemporary Rwanda with Tali Nates

Wednesday, February 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST

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In the midst of uncertainty and shadows, our series on resistance stands as a beacon of hope. Over the course of our 8-part series, we aim to shed light on the stories of individuals and communities courageously facing prevailing challenges. Our mission is to create a space where narratives of resilience take center stage, unveiling the indomitable strength of the human spirit in adversity.

Join us on this transformative journey; let this series serve as your source of empowerment, inspiring our community to find their own light within the encompassing shadows.

Inaugural Event! Featuring Nicole Fox:

The Resilience of Female Survivors in the Aftermath of Genocide:

Memorialization and Centering Women’s Experiences in Contemporary Rwanda

Nicole Fox, PhD

Nicole Fox, PhD is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at California State University Sacramento. Her research centers on how racial and ethnic contention impacts communities, with a focus on how remembrances of adversity shape social change and collective memory. Her current project examines individuals who conducted acts of rescue during episodes of mass violence, theorizing how social factors shape high-risk actions. Her 2021 book After Genocide: Memory and Reconciliation in Rwanda (University of Wisconsin Press) focuses on how memorials to past atrocity impacts community development and reconciliation for survivors of genocide and genocidal rape. Her work has been supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the American Sociological Society’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline, among others. She also serves on the United Nations Economic and Social Council and contributes to the UN Commission for the Status of Women held annually at the UN headquarters. NicolefoxPhD.com

Tali Nates


Tali Nates is the founder and director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC) and Chair of the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation (SAHGF). She is a historian who lectures internationally on Holocaust and genocide education, memory, reconciliation, and human rights. Born to a family of Holocaust survivors, her father and uncle were saved by Oskar Schindler. Tali has been involved in the creation and production of dozens of documentary films, published many articles and contributed chapters to different books among them God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors (2015), Remembering The Holocaust in Educational Settings (2018), Conceptualizing Mass Violence, Representations, Recollections, and Reinterpretations (2021) and The Routledge Handbook of Memory Activism (2023).

In 2021 she was part of the 12-member Expert Group of the Malmö Forum, serving in an advisory capacity to the Secretariat of the Malmö Forum on their programme on Holocaust remembrance, education and actions to combat antisemitism. Tali serves on many Advisory and Academic Boards including that of the Contested Histories Initiative, the Interdisciplinary Academic Journal of Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center and the Academic Advisory Group of the School of Social and Health Sciences, Monash University (IIEMSA), South Africa.

In 2010, Tali was chosen as one of the top 100 newsworthy and noteworthy women in

South Africa by the Mail & Guardian newspaper and won many awards including the Kia Community Service Award (South Africa, 2015), the Gratias Agit Award (2020, Czech Republic), the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award (2021) and the Goethe Medal (2022, Germany).

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Future Events in this Series:

  • March 27, 2024-Carl Wilkins: Rwanda’s community approach to rebuilding trust: restorative strategies for healing relationships.
  • May 1, 2024 – Johana Sliwa: An Unlikely Rescue: A Jewish Woman Who Helped Thousands of Poles during the Holocaust
  • May 22, 2024 – Khatchig Mouradian: Resisting the Armenian Genocide: Lessons in Resilience from a Clandestine Network of Humanitarians
  • August 28, 2024 – Wolf Gruner: Resisters in Hitler’s Germany (Tentative)
  • September 25, 2024 – Asya Darbinyan: Chhange and Holocaust Education (Tentative)
  • October 23, 2024 – Paul Lowe: Capturing the Siege of Sarajevo (Tentative)
  • November 20, 2024 – Sarah Brown, PhD: Women as Perpetrators and Rescuers (Tentative)
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