The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies maintains a vast resource library and provides links to educational websites, organizes workshops, arranges university speakers and lends expertise to help educators of grades k-16 better teach the Holocaust and other genocides in the classroom.
2013 Summer Institute: Holocaust in European Memory
2014 Summer Institute for Secondary Educators
Memory, Justice and Reconciliation: Coming to Terms with Past Atrocities
July 28-July 31, 2014, 9:00am-4:00 pm
To register click here.
Countries emerging from eras of repression, armed conflict, or mass atrocities must find a way to address the past before they can make a successful transition into more open, democratic societies. What to do with the past is a dramatic decision for a society that has experienced grave violations to individuals and groups, and to the public’s trust in government and in each other.
This institute will explore some of the methods and mechanisms that have been developed by national and international actors, such as truth commissions and national or international criminal prosecutions to assist societies to transition away from a repressive past.
Participants will explore the role of public memory of past violations, including memorials, museums, commemorations and their politics. We will also engage in a study of representations of atrocities and the intersections of art and human rights in media, literature, murals, film and performance arts.
The institute will also provide hands on activities designed to help educators create curriculum and lessons they can incorporate into their classrooms.
Dr. Alejandro Baer, Center for Genocide and Holocaust Studies, U of MN
Barb Frey, Director , Human Rights Program U of MN.
More information to be announced soon.
Cost: $100 includes all parking, materials, fieldtrips and lunches
Optional on campus housing available for $300
For more information please email Deborah Jane.
This institute is a partnership between the Human Rights Program and the Center for Genocide and Holocaust Studies at the University of Minnesota.
2013 Educator Workshop on the occassion of the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: History, Memory and Pedagogy
November 9, 2013
This one-day professional development workshop is a follow-up to the Holocaust in European Memory Summer Institute that took place on July 8-11, 2013 at the University of Minnesota. That workshop examined questions such as how the Nazi murder of European Jews became "The Holocaust." How the story is conveyed through public memorials, school curricula, art, literature and film. How the Holocaust has been contextualized and rendered meaningful within the diversity of European nations and in the distant US.
Kristallnacht and the Duties of Memory: Remarks Alejandro Baer
Alejandro Baer is the director and Stephen C. Feinstein Chair of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota. He has authored numerous articles addressing issues of genocide, memory, and antisemitism
The Roma Genocide and Memory: Lecture by William Duna
William A. Duna is an American Gypsy descended from Hungarian musicians who emigrated to the U. S. in 1893. Duna has taught music, written and performed, and has served as an entertainment consultant. He has written and lectured about the Roma people and was appointed by Ronald Reagan as the first Roma to serve on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council in 1987.
Gypsies: A Persecuted Race by William Duna
"Holocaust Commemorations for the Broader Community"
Presentation by Deborah Petersen-Perlman
Deborah Petersen Perlman Associate Professor Communications, University of Minnesota Duluth and coordinates the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration.
2013 Summer Institute for Secondary Educators:The Holocaust in European Memory
The Holocaust in European Memory took place on July 8-11, 2013 at the University of Minnesota.
The workshop examined questions such as how the Nazi murder of European Jews became "The Holocaust." How the story is conveyed through public memorials, school curricula, art, literature and film. How the Holocaust has been contextualized and rendered meaningful within the diversity of European nations and in the distant US. And what are its implications for teaching the Holocaust in the classroom.
The topic was approached from an interdisciplinary perspective, with internationally recognized scholars in the fields of history, sociology, literature and German/European studies from the University of Minnesota and Gustavus Adolphus College. Speakers focused on historiography, testimony, media and visual arts and assisted educators in creating curriculum and lessons they can incorporate into their classrooms.
Educators also dialogued with Holocaust survivor Dora Zaidenweber. Who shared her insights on Holocaust memory and her experiences after World War II in Germany, Poland and the U.S.
Ofer Ashkenazi, Visiting Assistant Professor, History, University of Minnesota
Alejandro Baer, Director and Stephen C. Feinstein Chair, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota
Leslie Morris, Associate Professor, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota
Juliette Brungs, PhD Candidate, German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota
Joachim J. Savelsberg, Professor Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota
Elizabeth Baer, Professor English, African Studies, Gustavus
Jodi Elowitz, Outreach Coordinator, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota
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