USC Research with Testimonies: Featuring the Center's Summer 2017 Research Fellows

Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 4:00pm

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Social Sciences Building (SOS), 250
3502 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research offers fellowships to support USC undergraduate students, graduate students, and USC faculty in conducting summer research using testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive and/or other unique USC collections and resources. This event features two of the Center's three Summer 2017 research fellows from a variety of disciplines who will share their research and reflect on the use and value of testimonies in their projects.


Maria Zalewska, PhD candidate in Cinema and Media Studies, USC School of Cinematic Arts 

As a Graduate Summer Research Fellow at the Center, Zalewska focused her energy on a new research project  entitled “Digital Topography of Memory: Reimagining Landscapes of pre-Holocaust Poland.” For the project, she    compared narratives in testimonies with those found in documentary films, focusing on memories of pre-World  War II spaces in which Poles and Jews interacted.


Noha Ayoub, USC undergraduate student majoring in Law, History and Culture and minoring in Middle East Studies

As a DEFY Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow at the Center, Ayoub studied nationalism in Rwanda and  the ways in which fictionalized narratives against Tutsis perpetrated by the state led to genocide over 20 years  ago. During her month-long fellowship, Ayoub watched dozens of testimonies and supplemented her viewing  with texts about nationalism in order to contextualize the stories the survivors tell in their testimonies.

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Students, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


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