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From Professorship to Chair

New gifts in support of the Kurt Mayer Professorship in Holocaust Studies have pushed that endowment total beyond $2 million, making it the third endowed chair at PLU. The Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies again secures the university's position as one of the premier centers for Holocaust studies in the nation.


Fundraising for an endowed program in Holocaust Studies at PLU began on May 1, 2007. Thanks to generous support from the Powell, Heller and Mayer families, sufficient funds were raised to create the endowed Professorship at $1 million. Then the professorship moved to chair last year.

This conference provides our community the best in scholarship about the Holocaust and includes a special component for teachers on how to incorporate Holocaust education in their curricula.

"It's a remarkable program that builds on PLU's strengths," said Robert Ericksen, the Kurt Mayer Professor of Holocaust Studies in the Department of History.

Really the program continues to manifest into something larger since its inception 34 years ago, he said.