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 2014 summer seminar took place from June 21 – July 2, 2014 in NYC. Led by Sondra Perl and her colleagues, Jennifer Lemberg and Alice Braziller, 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. 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
All participants receive a five hundred dollar fellowship, free housing at Columbia University, and round-trip airfare. Local transportation, most meals, and a small stipend for local needs will also be provided by the library.
Applications for the 2015 Memorial Library summer seminar are now open. The deadline is March 1.
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