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Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute

The Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators at Holocaust Museum Houston is typically 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. 

Dates of Institute : June 9-12, 2020

The 2020 Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute will be held June 9-12 in the classrooms of the Boniuk Center for the Future of Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Studies.  Presentations by scholars, workshops, and activities will introduce participants to the history of the Holocaust and genocide as well as a focus on human rights.

Our new museum, which opened in June 2019, features four permanent galleries that serve as a roadmap for the 2020 Institute. Participants will spend time in our new Holocaust Gallery. They will explore an exhibit about diaries kept by young people during times of war and genocide; they will be introduced to the stunning artwork of survivor Samuel Bak, in the Samuel Bak Gallery and Education Center; and spend time in a gallery dedicated to human rights, genocide and calls to action as they learn about how people respond to issues of human rights.

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 genocide and the Holocaust are invited to apply. Seating is limited and is on a competitive basis. The cost to attend the program is $175, which includes lunch and materials for the four days.

For their support of the Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators, Holocaust Museum Houston thanks the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Max M. Kaplan Teacher Education Endowment Fund, the Gerald S. Kaplan Endowment Fund, and the Anna and Emil Steinberger Scholarship for Teacher Education Endowment Fund.

Applications are due May 1, 2020. Applications can be found online or downloaded here: Summer Institute Application [PDF]

The program will be held in The Boniuk Center for the Future of Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education and in the Museum’s galleries, at, Holocaust Museum Houston, Lester and Sue Smith Campus located at 5401 Caroline Street Houston, Texas 77004. 

Registration payment: $175.00 due by May 1, 2020 – meals, parking and materials are included.

Scholarships available for first time attendees.

Applications must be submitted by noon on May 1, 2020.

For an overview of previous programs, click the links below:
2015 Summer Institute Agenda [PDF]
2016 Summer Institute Agenda [PDF]
2017 Summer Institute Agenda [PDF]
2018 Summer Institute Agenda [PDF]
2019 Summer Institute Agenda [PDF]