Events Schedule

Spring 2019

“No Man’s Land: Dialogues on the Experience of War” – series of 3 open sessions from 6 – 8 pm – C325. co-hosted by BCC’s Center for Veterans and Military Affairs.  Read about this new program: 

  • Thursdays, April 4 & April 11
  • Friday, April 19


Holocaust Remembrance – April 2019

co-sponsor: NJ Commission on Holocaust Education

  1. Monday, April 1, 11 am – 12:30 pm – TEC-128 – Iris Dorbian: INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA: Struggling With a Painful Legacy – In the Aftermath of the Camps.  Iris is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. She speaks about her father’s Holocaust experiences and the effects his trauma had on her and her family. Hirsh Dorbian was 11 years old, when he and his family were arrested and separated. He spent six months following his liberation in a displaced persons camp, and a lifetime deeply traumatized.
  2. Wednesday, April 3, 11 am- 12:30 pm TEC-128 – HOLOCAUST Survivor Hidden Child in France – Simon Jeruchim  was born in Paris, France on December 25, 1929. In July 1942 the French police, collaborating with the Nazis, rounded up Jews in Paris to be sent to death camps. Simon’s family escaped the roundup but were still in danger. By a stroke of luck, Simon’s parents were put in touch with neighbors, a compassionate gentile couple, connected with an underground network organized to save Jewish children. Twelve-year old Simon and his two siblings, fourteen and five, were sent in hiding in Normandy and placed separately with gentile families. Simon’s parents, while attempting to escape to the unoccupied zone of France, were arrested crossing the border, deported and murdered in Auschwitz. Simon and his siblings survived.

Monday, April 8, 11am – 12:40 pm A104Chris Nicola presents “No Place on Earth”.
American Cave Explorer, Chris Nicola narrates the story of how five Ukrainian Jewish families survived the Holocaust by taking refuge in a cave for over a year. He explains how he spent 10 years finding and interviewing the survivors, to confirm what he had accidentally discovered; Plus 10 years in bringing about both a book and documentary; :


Armenian Genocide – March -April 2019

  1. WORKSHOP for Educators
    Thursday, March 28 -PJR hosts Facing History  – a workshop for teaching “The Armenian Genocide “ – 9 – 1:30 pm
    The legacy of the Armenian Genocide lives on more than 100 years after its end. We will examine the events leading up to the systematic murder of over one million Armenians, and the role of justice and judgment in the aftermath of such atrocity. Middle and High School educators welcome. See flyer for details.  RSVP –
  2. Book presentation “Feast of Ashes” – by Sato Moughalian
    Thursday, April 11, 7 pm – A-104
    The story of David Ohannessian, the renowned ceramicist who in 1919 founded the art of Armenian pottery in Jerusalem, where his work and that of his followers is now celebrated as a local treasure. Ohannessian’s life encompassed some of the most tumultuous upheavals of the modern Middle East. Born in an isolated Anatolian mountain village, he witnessed the rise of violent nationalism in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire, endured arrest and deportation in the Armenian Genocide, founded a new ceramics tradition in Jerusalem under the British Mandate, and spent his final years, uprooted, in Cairo and Beirut.

Early SPRING 2019 Holocaust Studies Events

  1. Tuesday, January 29, 12:30-1:30pm – Opening of the Exhibit: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Present ‘They Risked Their Lives: Poles Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust” to commemorate International Holocaust Day
  2. Thursday January 31 @5:30 pm TEC-128 – 12th Annual Student Award Ceremony – The Holocaust, Genocide and Stalinist Repression  
  3. Tuesday, February 19, 1:45-3:00pm A-104 – “Karski & Lords of Humanity” by Sławomir Grünberg: a documentary film screening introduced by the director, followed by Q&A
  4. Tuesday, February 26, 12:30-1:30 pm – “Resistance of the Heart” — an Elysium Between Two Continents presentation of the Rosenstrasse Protest on February 27, 1943, Berlin

FALL 2018 Events

  • October 18Kinderblock 66 – 7 pm Ciccone Theater.
    Documentary of 1000 boys who were survivors of Buchenwald concentration camp. Producer Steve Moskovic
  • October 23At the Foot of Ararat: Armenian Folk Dance– flyer 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  and 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. TEC-128
    Traditional village dances of ancient Armenian culture. Susan Lind-Sinanian, Textile Curator at the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown, MA will introduce and teach line dances that she has collected over the last forty years from immigrants and survivors of a lost generation from western Armenia.
  • October 30 – Holocaust Survivor Trudy Album shares her story…..10:30 am – 12pm   – Paramus Campus – TEC-128
    Trudy Album was born in 1929 in Czechoslovakia. When the Nazis invaded, her family was sent to a ghetto, then to several concentration camps. Trudy arrived in the women’s section of Birkenau, a sub-camp of Auschwitz, before her 15th birthday. Her mother and three younger siblings had already been gassed to death.Trudy has worked with the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education for several decades. Though it is difficult to share her painful experiences, Trudy is committed to ensuring that the memory, lessons, and legacies of the Holocaust are carried on.
  • November 13 – LGBTQ Awareness Day – 11 am – 2:30 pm A-104
    • 11:00 – 12:15 Chris Mosier  – Transgender keynote speaker, a Hall of Fame triathlete.
    • 12:30 -1:30 pm Bergen PRIDE panel moderated by Jennifer Long, a transgender retired sergeant major.
  • November  27Genocides in Cambodia – Genocide speaker series – Yale Professor, Dr. Ben Kiernan, will speak via Skype – 11:30 am – 1 pm – 5th floor Meadowlands
  • December 6Understanding the Bosnian Genocide – Dr. Marko Hoare will join us over Skype, 11:30 am – 1 pm – 5th floor, Meadowlands Campus