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Panel to discuss rise of Nazi and white supremacist organizations

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A panel hosted by the Washington State University Tri-Cities College of Arts and Sciences on Thursday, Oct. 7, will examine the rise of national and international Nazi and white supremacist organizations throughout the 20th century and their relationship to each other and to Nazi movements.

The panel, titled “The Holocaust, Neo-Nazism and White Supremacy,” takes place from 4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. via Zoom. It is being held in cooperation with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the WSU Center for Arts and Humanities. It is made possible by the Curt C. and Else Silberman Foundation, which supports programs in higher education that “promote, protect and strengthen Jewish values in democracy, human rights, ethical leadership and cultural pluralism.” The presentation is open to students, faculty and staff at WSU Tri-Cities, as well as the larger WSU system and other university campuses.

To register to attend the virtual panel, visit

“This panel presentation marks a pertinent opportunity to explore how white supremacist groups rise to power and their impact on not only our nation, but the world,” said Robert Bauman, WSU Tri-Cities history professor and academic director for the College of Arts and Sciences. “Especially given recent events regarding social injustice in communities in our own country, this panel will present perspectives that will help shed light on how these groups arise in the first place and the ways communities have responded to those groups.”

The panelists featured include:

  • C. Richard King, professor and chair of humanities, history and social sciences at Columbia College of Chicago
  • Kristine F. Hoover, associate professor in the master of arts organizational leadership program and director of the Institute of Hate Studies at Gonzaga University
  • Rebecca Erbelding, historian of education initiatives at the William Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Bauman will serve as the moderator for the panel.

For more information about the presentation and panelists, visit

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