A Lecture on Romani and the Holocaust in Romania - Prof. Michelle Kelso

The Center for American Studies (Mihai Eminescu Bldg, Bd Dacia 41, 6th Floor, Room 1601) invites you on Wednesday, April 26th, at 13:30, to attend a lecture on the Romani and the Holocaust in Romania given by Professor Michelle Kelso from George Washington University.

Professor Kelso made a documentary film in 2005 entitled: “Hidden Sorrows: The Persecution of Romanian Gypsies during WWII” based on her research on the history of the Romanian Roma deported in the Transnistria camps. You can find the documentary here: Hidden Sorrows - Persecution of Romanian Gypsies during the Holocaust

Professor Kelso’s research focuses primarily on the fate of the Roma during the Holocaust in Romania and the after effects during and after communism. Social justice and the exploration of (in)equalities are the foundations of her research. She is particularly interested in the intersection of survivor memory, Romani marginalization and contemporary education policy. Recently, Dr. Kelso has also begun exploring gender in the workplace and EU migration. With a strong belief in public sociology, Dr. Kelso integrates her scholarship with public discussions and policy programming. She has consulted for the Council of Europe, USAID, non-profits, Holocaust compensation programs, as well as the Romanian government. She has been the recipient of several prestigious national awards, including two Fulbright fellowships. In 2009, Dr. Kelso was a Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she researched the Romani experience in Romanian-run camps in occupied Soviet Union during WWII. She speaks Romanian, French, and some Romani.

Prior to coming to GW, Dr. Kelso worked in civil society and media. From 2005-2010, she directed a Romanian non-profit, The Association for Dialogue and Civic Education that focused on tolerance and democracy building. In 2005, she made a documentary film: Hidden Sorrows: The Persecution of Romanian Gypsies During WWII that has screened in seven countries, numerous film festivals, and aired on three national television channels. She has also been a photo stringer for USA Today and the Associated Press.

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