2010, No. 2

Education Department: 713-942-8000, ext.105

February 2010

DISCUSSION FORUMS FOR EDUCATORS LAUNCHED ON HMH WEB SITE

Holocaust Museum Houston's newly redesigned Web site now offers online discussion forums for educators to confer with each other on issues related to teaching the Holocaust and other genocides. The forums are divided into groups for elementary educators, middle school educators, high school educators, and college and university educators. There are also three special groups designed for alumni of Museum programs: the Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators, the Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers and participants of the Conference for Spanish Latin American Teachers of Teachers of the Holocaust.

Educators can sign up to join the discussion forums by registering at http://www.hmh.org/ed_discussion_group.shtml. To register, click the "Register" link at the upper right top of the page. Participation in the forum will permit educators from across the country to share ideas, ask questions and discover new resources. 

SIGN UP FOR MUSEUM'S HOLOCAUST STUDY TRIP TO EUROPE

This special trip set for June 8-19, 2010 focuses on the experiences of the Holocaust that occurred in Western Europe. Beginning in Munich, participants will travel through Germany, Austria and end in The Netherlands. Seven concentration camps will be viewed. At each, special notice will be made to the experiences of survivors who settled in the Houston area. In addition, many other relevant historic sites will be visited. Arrangements include first-class hotels throughout, breakfast daily and admission to the sites planned for the trip. 

Child survivor and Museum board member Chaja Verveer will accompany the tour throughout and lead the group through the Netherlands to visit the sites of her family’s experiences. The Museum's director of education, Dr. Mary Lee Webeck, also will accompany the tour and provide historic content for many of the sites to be visited.  Arrangements are being made for education directors at sites like the Anne Frank House and The House of the Wannsee Conference to conduct tours there. 

Space for this escorted motorcoach tour is limited to 40 participants. Cost of the trip is $3,575 per person based on double occupancy. Insurance and airfare are additional. If paying by check, the cost is $3,430 per person based on double occupancy. For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 123 or e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.

VIEWING DATES EXTENDED FOR EXHIBITS AT HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON

Viewing periods for two new exhibits at Holocaust Museum Houston, including a landmark exhibition on Pope John Paul II and his relationship to the Jewish people, have been extended due to high demand for group tours.

Museum Executive Director Susan Myers said tens of thousands of people already have viewed the exhibits “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People" and "Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust."

The papal exhibit had been scheduled to close on Jan. 3, 2010, but Myers said the Museum's capacity for guided group tours through the end of the year had already been reached even though many schools, churches and other groups were still requesting tour dates.

"These exhibits focus on people who stood up to evil and injustice and who – despite risk to themselves – took the right actions and made the correct decisions. Their stories are those of heroes, and we want to be sure as many people as possible have an opportunity to view these exhibits," Myers said.

The exhibit on Pope John Paul II will now close March 21, 2010, and the Besa exhibit will end on April 4, 2010. Both exhibits are on view in the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Admission is free.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE MAX M. KAPLAN SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATORS

The Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators at Holocaust Museum Houston is a four-day program that moves beyond the general history of the Holocaust to explore the various dimensions and implications of the Holocaust and other genocides. The institute, scheduled for July 6 – 9, 2010, provides substantive content and the opportunity to network with internationally known scholars of the Holocaust and teachers from around the world.

Working in the Museum’s exhibit space and classrooms, teachers grow in their understanding of the Holocaust and refine their skills to teach about the history and lessons of the Holocaust.

The program is directed toward educators on a secondary or higher level, but university students and educators of all levels who have a specific interest in, and background knowledge of, the Holocaust are invited to apply. Seating is limited and is on a competitive basis. The cost to attend the program is $150, which includes lunch and materials for the four days.

To receive information about the program, including an application, e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org or call 713-942-8000, ext. 123. 

This educator training project has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.; and is generously underwritten by the Max M. Kaplan Teacher Education Fund and the Chevra Kadisha Holocaust Studies Scholarship Fund, with special thanks to Continental Airlines, the official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

FREE LECTURE FOCUSES ON “THE JEWISH FASCINATION WITH ISLAM”

How Jewish scholars shaped the rise of Islamic studies in Europe in the 19th century will be the focus of a free public lecture by educator Susannah Heschel  on Thursday, March 4, 2010, beginning at 7 p.m. at Holocaust Museum Houston.

Jewish scholarship on Islamic origins and the widely read narratives of Jewish travelers to Islamic countries shaped European images of Muslims as well as of Jews. The Jewish admiration for Islam ultimately led some Jews to convert to Islam, some of whom became significant religious leaders, while others became political representatives who negotiated with European leaders.

Heschel is the Eli Black Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College. Seating is limited, and advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

FILM SCREENING SCHEDULED FOR “FROM SWASTIKA TO JIM CROW"

Educators are invited to join Holocaust Museum Houston, The Academy Foundation, the University of Houston’s Center for Public History, Texas Learning and Computation Center and The Dawn Project for a special screening of “From Swastika to Jim Crow" on Monday, March 1, 2010 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Museum's Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater.

This film is the little-known story of Jewish refugee scholars who, when expelled from Germany by the Nazis, were inspired anew by their students in the historically black colleges in the American South. Following the film, Steven Fischler, filmmaker, and Dr. Sarah Trotty, associate professor of art at Texas Southern University, will provide personal commentary about the film and take questions.

Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.  For more information, call  713-527-1640 or e-mail membership@hmh.org. 

WEB RESOURCE OF THE MONTH

One of Holocaust Museum Houston's new educational programs focuses on “Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Laws: The Impact of Racist Ideologies.” The Web site of the Jim Crow Museum, http://www.ferris.edu/JIMCROW/, offers significant resources on this topic.

A lesson plan based on this presentation will be added to the Museum’s Web site later this spring. 

 

DEADLINES ARE APPROACHING FOR STATEWIDE YOM HASHOAH CONTEST

Entries for the writing portion of the Texas Yom HaShoah Statewide Art, Writing, & Video Contest  (sent to the El Paso Holocaust Museum) and the video portion (sent to Holocaust Museum Houston) must be postmarked by Thursday, March 11.  The art portion of the contest must be received by the Dallas Holocaust Museum by March 25.

More information about the contest can be found on the Museum’s Web site under the "Education/Outreach" tab.


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