Future Educators to Be Trained in Teaching the Lessons of the Holocaust and Other Genocides

HOUSTON, TX (May 13, 2009) – Twenty-seven fellows from Texas, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Alabama have been selected for this year’s Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers at Holocaust Museum Houston.

Those chosen as fellows for 2009 include two university faculty members and 25 university students aspiring to become educators.

Fellows from eight universities will arrive Tuesday, May 26, to begin a six-day training session in which presenters will include Deborah Batiste, project director for Echoes and Reflections; Dr. Mary Johnson, senior historian with Facing History and Ourselves; Dr. William F. Meinecke, education historian with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Nancy Patz, author of “Who Was the Woman Who Wore the Hat?”; Anne Wilkes Tucker, curator of photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Jill P. May, a professor at Purdue University; and Holocaust survivors Walter Kase, Chaja Verveer, and Naomi Warren, for whom the fellowship is named.

Two additional speakers will include Dr. Lawrence Langer, emeritus professor of English at Simmons College in Boston and Lane H. Montgomery, author of “Never Again, Again, Again…Genocide: Armenia, The Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Darfur.” Both Montgomery and Langer will also present free public lectures.

Montgomery will speak Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. at the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., and is expected to discuss her focus on genocide in her work as an author and photographer. She serves on the advisory board of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and is a member of the Center of the National Cathedral for Peace and Global Reconciliation.

Langer, a scholar and author, will present his free lecture Sunday, May 31, at 7 p.m. at the Museum and will focus his lecture on “Deep Memory: Where Does It Lead Us?” and will discuss how the concept of “deep memory,” which often grants access to the most painful experiences of Holocaust survivors, can complicate the work of those memorializing and educating others about the Holocaust.

Fellows will tour the Museum’s permanent exhibit, “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers” and the changing exhibits “Dr. Seuss Wants You!”, which remains on view through July 5, and “A One-Man Army: The Art of Arthur Szyk,” on view until July 26.

Those selected for this year’s fellowship and their universities are:

  • Auburn University: Dr. Deborah Morowski
  • Lamar University: Jami Lee Davis, Carolyn Morgan
  • Simmons College: Anna George, Jessica Haskin, Jonathan Schechner, Nicole Shirley, Heidi Thayer
  • Southwestern Assemblies of God University: Ronald Kinyanjui
  • Texas A&M Kingsville, San Antonio: Myrna Briseno
  • Texas State University: Mina Benjamin
  • The University of Texas at Austin: Sophia Ahmed, Carey E. Conner, Stephanie Finger, Emily Hampson, Rachelle Krasoff, Jean-Daniel Pabon, Matthew Remington, Courtney Rock, Melissa Saathoff, Dr. Kate Starkes, Cindy Stewart, Tiffanie Swanter, Allison Wied
  • University of Houston: Carrie Hunnicutt, Stephanie Iversen, Jennifer Lefkowitz

The Warren Fellowship, initiated in 2003 and supported by the Naomi and Martin Warren Family Foundation, is designed to bring the lessons of the Holocaust into the classroom.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

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