Summer Seminar


2014 Summer Seminar Participants © Scott Lone

Our twelve-day summer seminar is open to teachers from across the United States whose schools and communities are faced with a lack of available resources or with issues related to social injustice. The 2017 summer seminar will take place from June 17 – June 29, 2017 in NYC. Led by Sondra Perl and her colleagues, Jennifer Lemberg, Alice Braziller, and Michael Franke, the seminar encourages teachers to think creatively and collaboratively about how they teach the Holocaust and more recent genocides. Participants become adept at dealing with difficult material and discover how writing, dialogue, and inquiry can help motivate students toward social action. Prior experience teaching the Holocaust or focusing on social injustice in the classroom is required. Applicants should have at least five years’ classroom experience and need to be at least five years from retirement.

Course content includes:

  • Testimony from Holocaust survivors
  • Workshops by scholars and artists
  • A day at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • A focus on experiential learning, interactive pedagogy, and writing
  • Outings to historic sites and cultural events


Speakers at the 2016 Summer Seminar included:

  • Alexandra Zapruder, author of Salvaged Pages
  • Irving Roth on surviving Auschwitz
  • Mehnaz Afridi on Christian, Jewish, Muslim dialogue

Panel featuring:

  • Ann Kirschner, author of Sala’s Gift: My Mother’s Holocaust Story
  • Judith Pearl Summerfield, author of A Man Comes from Someplace: Stories, History, Memory from a Lost Time 
  • Artemis Joukowski, director of Righteous Among Us: Two Who Dared to Defy the Nazis 
  • Rabbi Greg Wall on Jewish culture and klezmer music


All participants receive a fellowship of $350, free housing at Columbia University, and round-trip airfare. Local transportation and most meals will be provided by the Library.

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How do we make the Holocaust accessible to students? What’s at stake for them, for us, for the world? But equally important, what can we learn by working with one another?”

– Sondra Perl, Seminar Director


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The Memorial Library is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)