Holocaust Memorial Center and Eastern Michigan University to co-host fifth annual Holocaust seminar for teachers, Aug. 11-15

Presentations by scholars, survivors to examine historical rise of Nazism to Holocaust deniers of today

by Pamela Young, Published June 16, 2014

YPSILANTI - The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus and Eastern Michigan University will offer their fifth annual summer seminar Aug. 11-15 for current and prospective teachers and their students.

This year’s theme is “Images of the Holocaust.” The seminar is designed to build an instructor’s content base by using the latest academic scholarship and best instructional practices to make lessons about the Holocaust understandable and meaningful for students.

The seminar, which is supported by a generous grant from the Claims Conference, takes place at the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Rd. in Farmington Hills.

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

Presenters include:

  • Ramona Caponegro, Ph.D, assistant professor of children’s literature, coordinator of the children’s literature program, Eastern Michigan University;
  • Robert Franciosi, Ph.D., professor of English and Honors, editor of Elie Wiesel: Conversations, Grand Valley State University;
  • Shelley Perlove, Ph.D., professor emerita of art history, visiting faculty at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn;
  • Martin B. Shichtman, Ph.D., professor in English language and literature, director of Jewish Studies, Eastern Michigan University; 2006 fellow at Brandeis University’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies;
  • John Staunton, Ph.D., associate professor in English language and literature, Eastern Michigan University. Specializes in lesson development, research focus;
  • Ken Waltzer, Ph.D., director of Jewish Studies, Michigan State University, research focuses on children in Buchenwald concentration camp, rescue and survival;
  • Annette Wannamaker, Ph.D., associate professor, English language and literature, Eastern Michigan University, and
  • Jamie Wraight, Ph.D., professor of history, curator of the Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive, University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Participants will be provided access to the vast primary resources from the museum library and archive to aid them in developing their own classroom lessons.

To register for the seminar, go to http://www.emich.edu/extended/online-offcampus/holocaust_seminar_brochure.pdf. Cost for the event is $100 and includes Michigan SCHEH credit.

Three undergraduate or graduate credit hours also are available to participants for an additional fee. All applications are due by Thursday, July 31.

For more information, contact either Sarah Painter at spainter@emich.edu or the Holocaust Memorial Center at education@holocaustcenter.org or 248-553-2400, Ext. 113.







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