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Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators
July 29, 2014 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
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 scholars 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 and genocide. Each year’s schedule includes one or two evening lectures. 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 and genocide 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. See the application form online at www.hmh.org for early registration discounts. For more information, e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.
 
 

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Inaugural Gerald S. Kaplan Endowment Lecture: “Passivity and the Power of Active Bystanders in Genocide and Everyday Life"
July 29, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Dr. Ervin Staub addresses new understandings of the role of bystanders both in times of genocide and day-to-day life. This talk will address the great harm done by the passivity of witnesses/bystanders, from internal bystanders in a society and external bystanders, outside groups and nations, as a society moves toward genocide or other extreme violence. Staub will consider reasons for passivity and the harm done by passivity in less extreme, more everyday situations. He will discuss the characteristics of rescuers, heroic helpers who endanger themselves and often their families to save the lives of intended victims of genocide. The discussion will consider the potential power of bystanders, individuals and especially groups and nations to prevent or stop violence by groups against other groups. The talk will be based on Staub’s and others' research on helping, passivity, the origins of the Holocaust and other genocides, the prevention of genocide and his practical work on reconciliation in Rwanda and other settings. Staub also will discuss raising inclusively caring and morally courageous children and his training of active bystanders, including teaching police officers to prevent the use of unnecessary force by fellow officers, and students in schools to prevent or stop harmful actions by fellow students. Staub is professor emeritus and founding director of the doctoral program in the psychology of peace and violence at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is past president of the International Society for Political Psychology and of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence. Admission is free, but seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
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“A Genocide Scholar’s Travelogue”
July 30, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
In his popular textbook, "Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction," Dr. Adam Jones wrote, “It is thus in the interest of humanity — both morally and practically — to oppose the crime against humanity that is genocide." Jones does so as he travels the world, using his intellectual skills to learn, explore and then teach about the scourge of genocide. He is also an avid photographer who powerfully and provocatively documents his research journeys. He recently concluded five months of sabbatical travels in South and Southeast Asia, taking him through Myanmar/Burma, northern India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Jones serves as scholar in residence during the 2014 Max. M. Kaplan Summer Institute. He will work with participants, sharing his insights, writings, and photographs. Jones’s "Global Photo Archive" now comprises nearly 12,000 images. During this lecture, Jones will highlight some images of direct relevance to genocide, crimes against humanity, war, as well as peace and reconstruction in the areas of his recent travels and in other regions he has researched in the past. Jones is professor of political science at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. He is a political scientist, writer and photojournalist and is the author or editor of 15 books, mostly on genocide and crimes against humanity. In 2010, Jones was chosen as one of "Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide" for a book of that name. He serves as executive director of Gendercide Watch (www.gendercide.org), a Web-based educational initiative. He has also recently worked as an expert consultant for the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (OSAPG). Tickets are $5 for HMH members, seniors and students and $8 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
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Hours and Admission
 
The Museum is open to the public seven days a week.

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.


The Laurie and Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Library is closed Sundays.

The Museum is closed for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For other holiday hours, visit the "Events" tab on the Museum’s Web site at www.hmh.org.

Effective April 15, 2014, admission rates for Holocaust Museum Houston will change. Please note the new rates:

Members FREE
Children under age 6 FREE
Students age 6-18 FREE
College-level with valid school ID FREE
Seniors age 65+ $8
Active-Duty Military $8
General Admission $12

Holocaust Museum Houston is free each Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Memorial Day (May 26, 2014), D-Day (June 6, 2014), Kristallnacht (Nov. 9, 2014) and International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27, 2015).

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Holocaust Museum Houston
Morgan Family Center
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004-6804
Phone: 713-942-8000



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