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Faculty Seminar on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust


This annual seminar, held in the summer, is designed for professors, doctoral students, scholars, and clergy interested in historical topics related to issues of ethics, religious leadership, and the role of different religious communities during the Holocaust and the implications of this history after 1945.

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Focusing on a particular theme or historical aspect, each seminar includes special presentations by experts in the field; a review of curricular resources, new research, and publications; and an introduction to the Museum’s resources for scholars.

The seminar topic and dates are announced in the winter. Faculty and qualified doctoral students from all academic disciplines are invited to apply, as are clergy and non-clergy professionally engaged in interreligious work. The Mandel Center covers the cost of direct travel to and from participants’ home institutions and Washington, DC  (up to but not exceeding $600), as well as lodging for the duration of the seminar., as well as lodging for the duration of the seminar.

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2021 Seminar

The Holocaust and the Christian Tradition in Seminary Education Today

June 23–July 2, 2021

The 2021 Seminar on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust will examine the Holocaust and its historical, ethical, and theological relevance for Christianity and its particular implications for theologians, clergy, and Christian leaders today. The seminar is intended primarily for faculty at seminaries and theological schools who do not consider themselves Holocaust specialists but who teach courses in adjacent fields that could potentially incorporate the seminar’s themes, including Church History, Theology, Christian ethics, Biblical Studies, Liturgy, Leadership, and Pastoral training. The seminar will consider the Holocaust and related topics from multiple disciplinary and denominational perspectives and will offer a range of teaching resources and pedagogical methods to help participants integrate aspects of this history into their teaching and mentorship of seminary students. Participants will be introduced to relevant Museum resources, collections, programmatic opportunities, and staff scholars.

The seminar will be led by Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand, Director of the Museum’s Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust, who will be joined each day by a specialist on the day’s topic. Together, they will guide the participants through readings, case studies, and pedagogical discussions. Topics will include: Jews and Christians before the Holocaust (with Dr. Kevin Madigan, Harvard University); The German churches in Nazi Germany (with Dr. Christopher Probst, Washington University in St. Louis, University College); North American churches and the Holocaust (with Dr. Kyle Jantzen, Ambrose University); Ethical Perspectives on the Holocaust (with Dr. David Gushee, Mercer University); Clergy and Religious Professionals during the Holocaust (with Dr. Beth Griech-Polelle, Pacific Lutheran University); and Post-Holocaust Reckonings with Theology and Practice (with Dr. Mary Boys, Union Theological Seminary, New York). 

This seminar is made possible by the Hoffberger Family Fund and by Joseph A. and Janeal Cannon and Family.