The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) announces the 2010 Silberman Seminar for college/university faculty from all disciplines who are teaching or preparing to teach Holocaust or Holocaust-related courses.
This year’s Silberman Seminar will introduce participants to the variety of Jewish responses to the Holocaust—the largest victim group—and will equip instructors with the knowledgebase and pedagogical techniques required to teach this complex topic. The Seminar will explore Jewish responses to persecution through an investigation of both.
The Seminar will explore Jewish responses to persecution through an investigation of both primary and secondary source readings, and will include presentations, participant-facilitated discussions of classroom teaching methods, and roundtable discussions of teaching strategies across multiple disciplines. Lectures and discussions will include topics such as daily life under Nazi persecution, the Jewish community response to the Holocaust, Jewish writing in camps and ghettos, resistance, and post-war testimonies. Participants will be introduced to the USHMM’s extensive collection of material relating to the victims’ experience that are held in the Museum’s library, document archives, memoir and rare book collection, photo archives, oral testimony collection, film and video archive, and Holocaust survivor database. Participants will also have opportunity to consult and interact with Museum staff and visiting fellows.
The 2010 Silberman Seminar will be led by Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, and Susan Rubin Suleiman, C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.
Seminar applicants must be faculty members at accredited, baccalaureate-awarding institutions in North America. For non-local participants, the Center will help defray the cost of (1) direct travel to and from the participant’s home institution and Washington, DC, and (2) lodging for the duration of the seminar. Incidental, meal, and book expenses must be defrayed by the candidates or their respective institutions. All participants must attend the entire seminar from June 2-15.
Applications must be postmarked or received in electronic form no later than March 15, 2010.