5 Questions Answered About HHC’s Holocaust Studies for Educators Institute

Roma & Sam Kaltman Holocaust Studies for Educators 2021: June 14-30, 2021

During the 2021 Roma & Sam Kaltman Holocaust Studies for Educators, educators will learn the most effective and engaging techniques for teaching the Holocaust in their classroom. Here are five questions answered about HHC’s Holocaust Studies for Educators Institute.

1. What is the Roma & Sam Kaltman Holocaust Studies for Educators?
From June 14 through June 30, HHC will host live Zoom sessions featuring renowned Holocaust scholars & experts. HSE is open to anyone who is teaching or plans to teach about the Holocaust. The institute takes an interdisciplinary approach to the Holocaust.
2. When is it? What is the cost?
The institute, hosted digitally this year, will take place June 14-30, 2021, via Zoom. Live Zoom sessions will take place Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST. There will be additional networking and discussion sessions on June 17 and 24, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EST. The cost for the training is $100 for educators.
3. What will educators gain from the experience?
Studies show that students who study the Holocaust are more empathetic, caring and demonstrate higher critical thinking skills. The Holocaust lends itself to an interdisciplinary approach and can be taught through Social Studies and beyond. English, Language Arts, Music, Art, Science, Geography, World Religions, and many more subjects can be meaningful avenues to study the Holocaust.
In addition to attending lectures featuring some of the world’s most distinguished Holocaust scholars, educators attending the institute will learn effective teaching techniques; gain 40 Contact hours/3 CEUS; and receive a copy of Doris Bergen’s War & Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust, resources and activities that are easily implemented into existing curriculum. 
  • The institute will help you change the way your students think. It will help you teach them empathy, critical thinking as well as developing reading and writing skills. It helps you connect your students to history and their world today.
  • The institute will equip you with primary sources, giving you great suggestions on using literature, art, and film as resources to engage students.
  • It’s an unmatched opportunity to converse with and learn from renowned scholars.
  • You will connect and have meaningful discussions with other educators and museum staff, forming lasting professional relationships.

4. What should I know about the line-up of speakers and experts?

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center works with renowned Holocaust scholars and experts from all over the world. Through Holocaust Studies for Educators, you will meet scholars, listen to their lectures, and ask them any questions that you have. Learn more about all HSE speakers here.
This year’s featured scholars include:
  • Elizabeth Baer, Ph.D., is a research professor in English at Gustavus Adolphus College. Dr. Baer serves at the United Stated Holocaust Memorial Museum for the Senior Historian Office.
  • Doris Bergen, Ph.D. is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies. Her research focuses on issues of religion, gender, and ethnicity in the Holocaust.
  • Christina Chavarría is the Program Coordinator in the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • Laura B. Cohen, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College/CUNY in Bayside, New York.
  • David M. Crane is the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2002 to 2005 after being appointed by Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.
  • Peter Hayes (Ph.D., Yale, 1982) specializes in the histories of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and in the conduct of the nation’s largest corporations during the Third Reich.
  • Wendy Lower, Ph.D. is the John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College.

5. Who should I contact if I want more information?

Register for the institute here. For more information, please contact Jodi Elowitz, Director of Education & Engagement, at: [email protected].