Holocaust Memorial Center, Eastern Michigan University to co-host fourth annual teachers seminar, 'Witnesses to the Holocaust,' Aug. 12-16

by Pamela Young, Published June 17, 2013

YPSILANTI -The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus and Eastern Michigan University announced their Fourth Annual Summer Teacher Seminar to benefit current and prospective teachers and their students, Aug. 12-16 2013.

The theme for this year's seminar, "Witnesses to the Holocaust," is supported by a generous grant from the Claims Conference, and takes place at the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills.

The seminar is designed to build an instructor's content base using the latest academic scholarship and best instructional practices to make lessons about the Holocaust understandable and meaningful for students.

Attendees will hear presentations from scholars and survivors examining the Holocaust from the rise of Nazism to the Holocaust deniers of today. 

In addition to speakers from the museum's Holocaust survivor network, presenters include:

 Ramona Caponegro, Ph.D, Eastern Michigan University

  • Assistant Professor of Children's Literature
  • Field of study focuses on concepts of justice and human rights as well as historical children's literature and fiction

Robert Franciosi, Ph.D, Grand Valley State University

  • Professor of English and Honors
  • Editor of Elie Wiesel: Conversations

Martin B. Shichtman, Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University

  • Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature
  • Director of Jewish Studies at Eastern Michigan University
  • 2006 Fellow at Brandeis University's Summer Institute for Israel Studies
  • 2003 participant in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Seminar on Literature and the Holocaust

John Staunton, Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University

  • Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature
  • Lesson development and research focus

Jacqueline Vansant, Ph.D., University of Michigan-Dearborn

  • Professor of German
  • Research in post-World War II Austrian women writers and exile studies
  • Author of Reclaiming "Heimat": Trauma and Mourning in Memoirs by Jewish Austrian Réemigrés

Ken Waltzer, Ph.D., Michigan State University

  • Professor of History
  • Director of Jewish Studies
  • Research focuses on children in the Buchenwald concentration camp and rescue and survival during the Holocaust

Jamie Wraight, Ph.D., University of Michigan-Dearborn

  • Curator of the Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive
  • Professor of History

Participating teachers will have access to the vast primary resources from the museum library and archives to aid them in the development of their own classroom lessons.  By the end of the weeklong seminar, they will develop a lesson plan to be shared with other participants.

To register for the seminar, please go to http://ep.emich.edu/holocaust and click on the link titled "Holocaust Seminar."  Cost for the event is $100 and includes nine SB-CEUs. The facility is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available at both the North and South entrances.

Three undergraduate or graduate credit hours also are available to participants for an additional fee. All applications are due by Friday, Aug. 2.

For further information, contact Sarah Painter at spainter@emich.edu or the Holocaust Memorial Center at education@holocaustcenter.org  or call 248-553-2400, ext. 13.





Pamela Young

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