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Northern State University professor named Faculty Fellow in museum seminar

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s Dr. Steven A. Usitalo has been named a Faculty Fellow of the 2014 Silberman Seminar for University Faculty.


The seminar, presented by the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., is scheduled this June 2-13.

The 2014 Silberman Seminar, titled “Teaching about the Holocaust in the Soviet Union: Perpetrators, Collaborators, Bystanders, and Victims,” offers university professors and scholars who teach aspects of the Holocaust the chance to deepen their understanding of the wider history of genocide and its implications in the Soviet Union.

According to the Mandel Center’s website, the seminar will concern itself with the use of archival documents in both research and classrooms, and “sessions will include discussions on classroom teaching methods and strategies across multiple disciplines.”
Usitalo is an associate professor of history at NSU, specializing in Russian and Soviet history. He has recently begun collaborative work on the Armenian genocide, and the seminar offers a chance to interact with others in comparative genocide studies and learn about the impact of the Holocaust on the Soviet Union.

“I was interested in the seminar’s topic, so I applied,” Usitalo said. “I am extremely pleased that they accepted me.”
Usitalo is the recipient of several research grants, has co-edited an anthology on Russian history and has published a monograph on the Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov.