Southeast Student Receives Prestigious NSSA Award

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 23, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University student, Amy Warren of Cincinnati, Ohio will soon have a published article in the National Social Science Journal after being named the winner of the Student Paper Competition for Undergraduates Award at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the National Technology and Social Sciences Conference sponsored by the National Social Science Association (NSSA).  The conference was held April 5-7, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Warren’s paper, entitled “The Holocaust and the Role of Religion: During and After,” was based upon Warren’s work on a revised research paper for UI 440 “The Holocaust” course taken during the fall of 2008 and taught by Dr. Mitchel Gerber, professor of political science.

In her paper, Warren focused on how Nazism in its implementation of a totalitarian ideology transformed religion into an effective propagandist tool.  She examined the ways in which religion was manipulated by the Nazis and why it was important, if not essential, to obtaining the objectives of the Nazi agenda, particularly in respect to the Holocaust.  Furthermore, Warren examined the contemporary implications of the Holocaust particularly in Judeo-Christian dialogues about the Holocaust.

Warren, a senior majoring in communication disorders and Spanish, was the successful applicant of a Southeast Funding for Results student professional development funds request for subsidizing her travel to the conference.  Gerber served as Warren’s faculty adviser and mentor for this project.  Gerber was a recipient of the NSSA 25th Anniversary Award at the same conference.