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Stephen Feinstein


Stephen Feinstein was Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he taught from 1969-1999 and was Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota. Feinstein had been teaching the History of the Holocaust since 1975. He was curator of the traveling art exhibition, Witness and Legacy: Contemporary Art About the Holocaust, at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, which toured in 17 American museums from 1995-2002. In 1999, he was curator of a 7,000 square foot exhibition at the University of Minnesota's Nash Gallery, Absence/Presence: The Artistic Memory of the Holocaust and Genocide. Feinstein was the co-editor with Karen Schierman and Marcie Littell (eds) Confronting the Holocaust: A Mandate for the 21st Century-Proceedings of the 27th Annual (1996) Scholars' Conference on the German Churches and the Holocaust. (1998, University Press of America) and author many articles about post-Holocaust art. His latest edited book is Absence/Presence: Critical Essays on the Artistic Memory of the Holocaust (Syracuse University Press) 2005. He was also in the process of writing a monograph Spaces with Ghosts: Installation Art About the Holocaust. Feinstein also served as guest curator for the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg.


The Board of Directors and TRACES staff would like to recognize Dr. Stephen Feinstein’s contributions to the Board and TRACES’ endeavors, his humor and expertise. He served as President, Past President, and Board Member of TRACES since its inception in Minnesota. We salute Stephen’s memory and refer well-wishers to the memorial portions in his honor posted at the Center’s website.


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