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About This Event

Deadline to Apply: March 13

Time: December 13, 2019–March 13, 2020

  • Friedrich Jeckeln being questioned before a Soviet military tribunal during the Riga Trials, 1946. Sovfoto
  • Friedrich Jeckeln being questioned before a Soviet military tribunal during the Riga Trials, 1946. Sovfoto

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 (the coronavirus). The health and well-being of our visitors, staff, and event attendees are our priority. As the situation evolves, we will update the Museum's operating status—including opening hours and program schedule—should it change.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies announces the call for applications for the 2020 Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty on the topic of Teaching Mass Atrocity: The Holocaust, Genocide, and Justice. The seminar will introduce pedagogical tools for teaching the history of the development of the concept of genocide with a close look at Raphael Lemkin’s coining of the term, the proceedings of the Nuremberg Trials, as well as the approval of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in 1948. Building on this framework, the seminar leaders will facilitate discussions across disciplinary boundaries on how to address common themes relating to Holocaust and Genocide Studies—such as “othering,” violence, atrocity, justice, and restitution.

Seminar applicants must be teaching or anticipate teaching relevant courses at accredited institutions in North America. This includes colleges, universities, and community colleges. For non-local participants, the Mandel Center will defray the cost of travel and lodging. 

Applications must be received in electronic form no later than March 13, 2020. 

This year’s Silberman Seminar will take place from June 1–12, 2020 at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Seminar Leaders
Dr. Douglas Irvin-Erickson, Assistant Professor and Director, Lemkin Genocide Prevention Program, George Mason University

Dr. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan, Leon Levine Distinguished Professor of Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, and Director, Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, Appalachian State University

The Curt C. and Else Silberman Foundation endowed the Silberman Seminar for University Faculty in memory of Curt C. and Else Silberman. The foundation supports higher-education programs that promote, protect, and strengthen Jewish values in democracy, human rights, ethical leadership, and cultural pluralism.