Second Session (12:30 - 2:00 PM)
Educational Considerations in Teaching about the Holocaust
For University and College Faculty
The session explores the challenges of creating meaningful Holocaust Education courses;
The vastness of the topic, the limited amount of time and the need to "Fit" the course into existing academic structures calls for clear definitions often elusive; Is it about History, Sociology? Literature? Ethics?
The session is constructed along a series of essential questions, each offering a unique approach:
- Is the Holocaust a unique phenomenon or is it part of a larger genocide topic.
- What are the important building blocks of Holocaust studies:
• Nazi Ideology
• Jews in Europe
• The "Final Solution" - Planned or evolving?
• Jewish reaction
• World reaction
• The aftermath
• The connection to the state of Israel
- How do we address: victims, perpetrators, bystanders, up-standers and can any of those definitions inform life choices made today?
- The role of literature, art and cinema in Holocaust education
The above are but part of the questions presented at the session, each followed by concrete suggestions for educational opportunities.
- Holocaust studies are interdisciplinary and may demand collaboration across departments
- The vastness of the topic requires hard choices guided by a clear definition of educational goals
This seminar will be held at the following location:
Upland Center, Community Room 103
540 Upland Avenue, Reading, PA 19611DirectionsRegister Online Here