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Religion and Genocide

Fifty and Better Spring Session

Religion and Genocide

This course explores the relationships between genocide and religion in both its institutional and theological frameworks. It begins by introducing the literature on religion and political violence and American slavery, before turning to Biblical sources and scriptural passages with relevance to genocide studies. Next, it highlights a key theme in Holocaust and genocide studies, namely the role of churches in facilitating rescue efforts. Finally, the latter portion of the course considers historical and contemporary examples to ascertain whether there are religious components to their genocide.

Jason Hensley, PhD, teaches religious studies at a private school in Los Angeles. He is a fellow of the Michael LaPrade Holocaust Education Institute of the Anti-Defamation League, a member of Civic Spirit's teacher education cohort, and the award-winning author of 10 books. His work has been featured in The Huffington Post as well as the BBC, and he has served as the historical advisor for a Holocaust documentary.

Fifty and Better was designed to offer university-level courses and lectures (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for people age 50 and older.


Register by April 12, by 3 p.m.

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Christina Tierney