The College of Liberal Arts is sponsoring a semester-long remembrance of the Holocaust. The Holocaust will be acknowledged through lectures, movies and an art exhibit throughout the rest of this semester.
Dr. Kelly Pivik set the tone for the semester-long event when she captured the crowd’s attention with graphic pictures and the idea of propaganda and prejudice during the Holocaust.
She helped the crowd to understand the teachings of the Nazis and how they conducted everyday life by controlling the radio and news outlets and changing the education curriculum in schools during the Holocaust.
She gained everyone’s attention when she paused to show everyone her personal souvenir of an actual Nazi flag that was passed down through her family.
She also made many valid points as to how Adolf Hitler was able to gain many followers by creating a social reality.
Pivik suggested that many of Hitler’s followers respected him because he was an excellent speaker and he wore an unalterable uniform.
She noted that Hitler used the peripheral route learning process to dictate to his followers.
Pivik discussed how Hitler got people to act violently based on perceived prejudice. She suggested that he created cognitive dissonance by administering Anti-Jew laws.
She mentioned that we can learn a lot by observing and understanding the Holocaust.
“If we do not learn from our mistakes, we are going to repeat them,” said Pivik.
She also expressed the need to be aware of social consensus.
“I believe that the Holocaust is one of the most important historical events that we should learn from so that we can try to prevent it, or something like it, from happening again,” said Pivik.
Pivik was approached by Dr. Schellhammer and asked to host this particular event because he knew of Pivik’s interest in the Holocaust.
“This is actually the first time I have presented on the topic, but I would love to do it again”, said Pivik.
She felt honored to help build a platform with the College of Liberal Arts during the commemoration of the Holocaust.
“I think it is important, no matter what field one is in, to learn from history. In order to learn from history effectively, we need to look at it from different perspectives. The more in-depth we can understand something, the better we can learn from it.”
Pivik greatly combined her knowledge of psychology and interest in the Holocaust during her presentation.