The Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies was established in 2010 thanks to lead gifts from the Mayer and Powell families and support from more than 60 donors throughout the United States.
The $2 million raised to endow the chair ensures that Holocaust Studies will be a permanent part of the PLU curriculum. Proceeds from the chair provide salary support, research, and travel funds for the chair holder.
Robert P. Ericksen '67, PLU professor of history and an internationally recognized Holocaust scholar, has received the inaugural appointment to the Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies.
These funds also support the annual Powell-Heller Family Conference in Holocaust Studies, which attracts international scholars in Holocaust and genocide studies to the PLU campus.
The conference is open to the public, with a special emphasis on area teachers, providing them with tools for incorporating lessons of the Holocaust into their curricula.
The 2013 Holocaust Conference will take place March 13-15.For more information about the chair and this year's upcoming Holocaust Conference, visit PLU's Department of History.