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2021 Annual Seminar on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust

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The Holocaust and the Christian Tradition

June 23–July 2, 2021
Deadline Extended to April 30

Church attic in Gilleleje church (Denmark) where the Gestapo caught 80 Jewish refugees on October 7, 1943, who were then deported to Theresienstadt. —United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of the Frihedsmuseet, Copenhagen

The 2021 Seminar on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust will examine the historical, ethical, and theological relevance of the Holocaust for Christianity and theological education today. Apply to join us online for this synchronous and asynchronous seminar conducted over seven days. Learn from leading experts in the field, discover Museum resources, and network with Museum staff and other scholars. Seminary and religious studies faculty, graduate students, and clergy interested in incorporating the seminar’s themes into their teaching are especially welcome to apply.

Presenters and Schedule

Wednesday, June 23: Meet and Greet (Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand, US Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Thursday, June 24: Jews and Christians before the Holocaust (Dr. Kevin Madigan, Harvard University)

Friday, June 25: The German churches in Nazi Germany (Dr. Christopher Probst, Washington University in St. Louis, University College) 

Tuesday, June 29: North American churhes and the Holocaust (Dr. Kyle Jantzen, Ambrose University) 

Wednesday, June 30: Ethical Perspectives on the Holocaust (Dr. David Gushee, Mercer University) 

Thursday, July 1: Clergy and Religious Professionals during the Holocaust (Dr. Beth Griech-Polelle, Pacific Lutheran University) 

Friday, July 2: Post-Holocaust Reckonings with Theology and Practice (Dr. Mary Boys, Union Theological Seminary, New York)

Seminar Format 

The seminar will be conducted entirely online through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous elements over a ten-day period. Participants will attend seven, three-hour synchronous sessions throughout the seminar. Additional daily asynchronous activities will include independent readings, pre-recorded lectures, and online forums. Opportunities for informal networking and small-group meetings will be facilitated via the seminar’s digital platform.

Eligibility

We welcome applications from professors, instructors, and advanced doctoral students who are currently teaching or preparing to teach courses that could integrate the Holocaust and related topics. Teaching an entire course on the Holocaust is not required. We welcome applicants from any religious tradition or denominational affiliation. Clergy and religious professionals who are engaged in adult Christian education or part-time teaching will be considered. Faculty based in institutions outside North America will also be considered if they meet the criteria above.

Application Details

Applications must include: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a statement of the applicant’s specific interest in strengthening their background in Holocaust Studies for the purpose of teaching; (3) a letter of support from a dissertation advisor, departmental chair, or dean addressing the applicant’s qualifications; and (4) a draft syllabus on a topic that could potentially incorporate any of the topics that the seminar will address.

Participants must commit to attending the entire seminar. A complete syllabus will be made available to participants in advance of the program. Participants who complete all components of the seminar will receive a $500 honorarium.

The deadline for digital applications has been extended to Friday, April 30, 2021. Submit applications here. Letters of support may be uploaded electronically or sent directly to Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand at rcarter-chand@ushmm.org. Applicants will be notified by May 7, 2021. 

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