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HIST 0115 Genocides Throughout History, Spring 2020

Identifier: S7_HIST0115

Scope and Contents

Includes 1 copy of the assignment prompt, written by Rebecca Bennette, and 25 completed assignments written by students enrolled in the course. The assignment was optional and students could choose to remain anonymous if they wished. Students were informed that the assignment would be deposited in Special Collections. The folder includes work by Andrew McGurrin, Class of 2022; Angus Viebranz, Class of 2020; Ariel Silver, Class of 2022; Erik Arvidsson, Class of 2021; Tyler Bass, Class of 2021; Shahmeer Chaudhary, Class of 2021; Evan Stewart, Class of 2021; Mendel Baljon, Class of 2021; Nick Wilkerson, Class of 2022; Michael La Bella, Class of 2020; Indira Yuldasheva, Class of 2022; Louisa Skerry, Class of 2023; Luke Simpson, Class of 2023; Martin Troska, Class of 2021; Nathan Hill, Class of 2020; Katelan Newman, Class of 2020; Natalie Meyer, Class of 2021; Steven Lillis, Class of 2020; Aria Sundaram, Class of 2020; Cameron Truman-Wyss, Class of 2023.5; Kara Zalk, Class of 2021; and Zeinab Thiam, Class of 2021.

The assignment prompt reads "Please write a three- to four-page account documenting life during the Covid-19 pandemic. While it should be true, and you should be a “first-hand witness” for the information included, it need not be directly about yourself."


  • Spring 2020

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

History course taught by Rebecca Bennette during the Spring, 2020 semester, which was disrupted when students were evacuated from campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The course description reads: "With the devastation of the Holocaust and other more recent events, the study of genocide has mainly focused on the modern period. Yet, mass killings and other atrocities abound in earlier centuries as well. In this course we will focus on examples across time and space to gain a more comprehensive understanding of such phenomena. We will consider the very meaning of “genocide” as well as the suitability of other terms. We will also discuss different explanations of everything from perpetrators’ motivations to victims’ responses. Finally, we will examine the possibility of preventing genocides."


1 Digital file (1 digital folder containing 26 digital files)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Special Collections by Rebecca Bennette. This assignment was optional for students enrolled in the course. The folder includes the assignment prompt, which states that completed assignments will be deposited in Special Collections and that students may choose to remain anonymous if they wish.

Existence and Location of Copies

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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States