APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHES
FOR 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, 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 understanding 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,
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
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
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
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 email@example.com 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.