December 20, 2004
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM HOSTS DALLAS - FORT WORTH - AREA TEACHER FORUM ON HOLOCAUST EDUCATION
200 Educators to Attend 3Day Forum
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Holocaust Museum, in cooperation with the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Dallas Holocaust Memorial Center, will present “Teaching About the Holocaust,” a three-day educational forum for 200 Dallas-Fort Worth-area practicing and pre-service educators. The Forum will equip Dallas-Fort-Worth-area teachers with the knowledge and resources to effectively bring Holocaust education into their classrooms. The Forum will be held from January 13-15, 2005 at the University of Texas, Dallas campu.
Teachers will explore methodologies for effectively introducing students to this complex history and demonstrating to them its continuing relevance in today’s world. Participants will also have a unique opportunity to speak with curators at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oswiecim, Poland, via a live distance-learning connection.
Other Forum speakers will include:
- Bernat Rosner and Frederic Tubach, authors of An Uncommon Friendship: From Opposite Sides of the Holocaust. Mr. Rosner is a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor; Mr. Tubach is the son of a Nazi officer.
- Jerry Fowler, Director, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience. The COC monitors situations of contemporary genocide and crimes against humanity. The COC has issued a Genocide Emergency for Darfur, and Fowler has visited Darfurian refugee camps in Chad.
- Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, Professor of Literature at the University of Texas, Dallas.
- Alexandra Zapruder, editor of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust.
- Barry van Driel, educator, Anne Frank House, Amsterdam.
- Holocaust Survivors Nesse Godin and Henry Greenbaum.
“Dallas educators will have the opportunity to interact with Holocaust survivors, educators and human rights experts from all over the globe,” states Stephen Feinberg, the Museum’s Director of National Outreach. “They will also learn how to access local, national and international resources to enhance their Holocaust education curriculums and make this history more accessible to their students.
A complete conference schedule is available. Please contact Andrew Hollinger in the Museum’s Media Relations Department at 202-488-6133 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the Forum or speak with organizers or participants.
As part of its national outreach efforts, the Museum’s Education Division offers programs for educators of all levels of Holocaust education experience. The Museum organizes Educational Forums and Conferences across the country. This is the second Forum for Dallas-area educators. Each summer, the Museum hosts two, three-day Belfer Conferences for Holocaust educators and the Museum Teacher Fellowship program, an intensive, five-day workshop for educators with at least five years of experience teaching Holocaust studies. In addition, the Museum hosts teacher training workshops across the country throughout the year.
A public-private partnership, the Museum is a Federal institution whose educational activities and outreach are made possible through private donations. More than 250,000 individuals, foundations and corporations helped build the institution and currently support its programs and operations. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.
The January 13-15 Forum is made possible by the Dallas-Fort Worth-Area Friends of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.