Holocaust Memorial Center, Eastern Michigan University Co-Host Third Annual Seminar For Teachers
06/22/2012

This year's theme is “Children and the Holocaust.” Using the latest academic scholarship and best instructional practices to make lessons about the Holocaust understandable and meaningful for students, the seminar is designed to build an instructor’s content base.

Online PR News – 22-June-2012 – Farmington Hills, Mich. – The Holocaust Memorial Center and Eastern Michigan University announced their Third Annual Summer Teacher Seminar to benefit current and prospective teachers and their students from Aug. 13-17.

The theme for this year’s seminar, which takes place at the Holocaust Memorial Center located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills, is “Children and the Holocaust.” Using the latest academic scholarship and best instructional practices to make lessons about the Holocaust understandable and meaningful for students, the seminar is designed to build an instructor’s content base.

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

Robert Franciosi, Ph.D, Grand Valley State University
• Professor of English and honors; Editor of Elie Wiesel: Conversations

Christina Eiko Guenther, Ph.D, Bowling Green State University
• Associate professor of German
• Research includes Jewish/Austrian literature and culture, Holocaust studies and theater

Jack Kay, Ph.D, Eastern Michigan University
• Professor of Communications, Media and Theater Arts
• Consultant, author and national presenter on issues of intolerance, white supremacy movement and Holocaust denial

Martin B. Shichtman, Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University
• Professor in the English department
• Director of Jewish Studies

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 Reemigres

Annette Wannamaker, Ph. D., Eastern Michigan University
• Associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature
• Coordinator of children’s literature program

Jamie Wraight, Ph.D., University of Michigan-Dearborn
• Curator of the Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive
• Professor of History

Members of the museum’s Holocaust survivor network also will present.

Participating teachers will be provided access to the vast primary resources from the museum library and archive to aid them in the development of their own classroom lessons. Hungarian secondary school teachers Vódli Zsolt and István Bánki will be in attendance. They heard about the seminar through the recommendation of the American representative to the International Task Force for Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Dr. Bill Shuman.

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. Three undergraduate or graduate credit hours also are available to participants for an additional fee. All applications are due by Wednesday, Aug. 1.

For further information, contact either Sarah Painter at spainter@emich.edu or Rebecca Swindler at education@holocaustcenter.org or 248-553-2400, ext. 13.

It is the mission of the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus to remember those who perished and those who survived the Holocaust and, in a world increasingly faced with sectarian strife and intolerance, to set forth the lessons of Holocaust as a model for teaching ethical conduct and responsible decision-making. By highlighting those individuals who, in the midst of evil, stood for the best, rather than the worst of human nature, the Holocaust Memorial Center seeks to contribute to maintaining an open and free society.

The facility is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available at both the North and South entrances.

For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Center, visit www.holocaustcenter.org, or call 248-553-2400.