2010, No. 5

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

May 2010


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, held each summer, 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 unders tanding of the Holocaust and refine their skills to teach about the history and lessons of the Holocaust. 

This year’s program will be held July 6 through 9.  The deadline for applications to attend is June 22, 2010.

The 2010 program focuses on memory and essential ideas about human behavior in the context of the Holocaust and genocide. 

Two well-received presenters from past programs will return to explore new topics:

  • Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California, will discuss themes of contemporary issues in Holocaust education. 
  • Ian Hancock, professor at The University of Texas-Austin, will return to discuss the Roma experience during the Holocaust.

People often learn about the experience of survivors through their writing, speaking or video testimonies. Coming this November, those experiences also will be expressed through music. A performance of "Kaddish," an hour-long oratorio for chorus, soloists and chamber orchestra, whose texts come verbatim from the testimony of survivors of the Holocaust, will take place on Nov. 23, 2010. HMH Director of Education Mary Lee Webeck and a member of the Houston Symphony organization will present a session about the project and its use of Holocaust survivor testimony with music.

Several sessions will focus on placing the Holocaust in context with the events World War II. The geopolitical implications of the war affected many groups, leading to the destruction of Jews from areas in which their communities have vanished completely. These sessions will coincide with time spent in the “Never Let It Rest!” exhibition that looks at one town’s history and one man’s artistic response to that history.

In conjunction with the production of “The Laramie Project” being performed this summer at HMH, Judy Shepard will present a session about the legacy of her son Matthew’s life and his values of respect and dignity with others. Participants in the institute may wish to attend a performance of “The Laramie Project” being performed on Saturday, July 10.

Pedagogical sessions with TEKS connections will be conducted on using literature to teach about the Holocaust and on connecting the impact of racist ideologies of Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Laws. 

An opportunity to attend an evening lecture conducted by Nancy Yeidi from the National Gallery will also be possible. At this lecture, participants will learn about art that was looted by the Nazis during the war, in particular art looted by Hermann Goering. 

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.  Holocaust Museum Houston is a provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), whose provider number is 500499. 

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. Some scholarship monies to cover travel expenses may be available for out-of-town participants; these participants should note their need on their application. The application to the program is available at the Museum’s Web site (http://www.hmh.org/ed_kaplan.shtml).  For more information about the program, 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.


The Web link http://www.pbs.org/auschwitz/understanding/lessons.html presents a 2005 discussion on the lessons of the Holocaust for the PBS production of "Auschwitz:  Inside the Nazi State." Dr, Michael Berenbaum, a presenter at this year’s Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators, is one of the panelists in this discussion.



Theatre New West, in conjunction with Holocaust Museum Houston, presents "The Laramie Project," a compelling theatrical production based on interviews with members of the Laramie, Wyoming community after Matthew Shepard, a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming, was kidnapped, savagely beaten and left hanging on a fence to die in October 1998.

Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project in New York City went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews, they wrote the play "The Laramie Project," a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder.

When the play was first produced in 1998, it was the most produced play in America, both by regional theaters and at colleges and universities. It was an international success, and was made into a film produced by HBO. Performances are Thursdays and Saturday from June 24 through July 24, beginning at 8 p.m., and one Sunday performance on July 11 at 6 p.m. Shepard's mother, Judy Shepard, will speak prior to the July 10 performance. There is no performance on July 3 or July 8. Tickets are $25 each or $20 for seniors over age 62 and students with a valid student identification card. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For tickets or more information, call Theatre New West at 713-522-2204 or e-mail theatrenewwest@att.net.


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Saturday and Sunday,
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The Museum is a member of the Houston Museum District Association and is located in Houston's Museum District.

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