January Conferences Bring Teachers from New York and Latin America to Holocaust Museum Houston

HOUSTON, TX (Dec. 23, 2007) – Twenty students from Syracuse University in New York will travel to Houston in January for Holocaust Museum Houston’s second annual Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers for Syracuse University students, while another group of teachers from Latin America will arrive later in January for HMH’s third annual Conference for Latin American Teachers.

The New York students arrive Jan. 6, 2008 for six days of training that includes presentations from Dr. Leonard Newman and Dr. Sanford V. Sternlicht, both of Syracuse University; Nancy Patz, author or “Who Was the Woman Who Wore the Hat?;” Dr. Irit Abramski, director of the Desk of Former Soviet Union Countries at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel; Dr. Samuel Totten, a genocide scholar from the University of Arkansas; Dr. Mary Johnson, senior historian with Facing History and Ourselves; Dr. William F. Meinecke, an education historian with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC; and Dr. Mary Lee Webeck, education director at Holocaust Museum Houston.

Totten also will speak in a free public lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Herzstein Theater, at 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. His topic will be “Genodcide: Issues of Education, Prevention and Intervention."

Syracuse University faculty who will facilitate the group and present at the Houston institute include: Dr. Alan Goldberg and Dr. Ruth Federman Stein. Students will meet and learn from Houston-area survivors of the Holocaust. They will tour the Museum’s Permanent Exhibition “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers” and the temporary exhibit “How Healing Becomes Killing: Eugenics, Euthanasia and Extermination” in the Museum’s Mincberg Gallery.

The group will also attend the Museum’s annual Leon Jaworski Lecture, given this year by Henry T. Greely, the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, in the Herzstein Theater. Greely’s lecture, “From Nuremberg to the Human Genome and Beyond - From Human Rights to Human Interests,” is free and open to the public.

The Warren Fellowship, supported by the Naomi and Martin Warren Family Foundation, is designed to bring the lessons of the Holocaust into the classroom. The Syracuse program is underwritten by The Spector Foundation.

The Latin American conference is set to begin Jan. 26, 2008, with educators from Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Uruguay attending this year’s seven-day conference.

The addition of an educator from Panama reflects the conference’s growth. It was first held in January 2006 and included educators from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay.

The conference is conducted entirely in Spanish and is a joint initiative of HMH, the Task Force for International Cooperation in Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research and the Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO). It is underwritten by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.

Featured speakers in 2008 will include Nora Goan of The Ghetto Fighter’s House and Dr. Edna Aizenberg of Marymount Manhattan College. Other speakers include Jaime Monllor of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Dr. Bill Shulman, AHO president; Mariela Chyrikins of the Anne Frank House in The Netherlands; Jane Denny of Brookdale Community College; Monica Garza of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dr. Aron Gilbert, second-generation author of “El Ultimo Sobreviviente;” Mariano Gurfinkel of Venezuela; and Saul Balagura, an artist and poet from Colombia who now lives in Houston and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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.

Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.

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