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USHMM Seminar for Facult - Teaching the Gendered Experience of the Holocaust, Washingston DC, 4-15 June 2012‏

USHMM Seminar for Faculty: Teaching the Gendered Experience of the Holocaust, June 4-15, 2012



JUNE 4-15
Applications due February 27, 2012

The Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies announces the 2012
Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for college and university faculty
from all relevant disciplines who are teaching or preparing to teach
Holocaust or Holocaust-related courses.

Designed to equip faculty with the knowledge base and pedagogical
techniques required to teach this complex topic and address the
questions that arise most frequently in the classroom, the seminar
models and encourages approaches that integrate a wide range of
disciplines, sources, and perspectives. Daily sessions consist of a
combination of presentations, discussions, and group activities.

This year’s seminar will deepen participants’ understanding of the
Holocaust through the perspective of gender. The seminar will explore
and compare the points of convergence and divergence between male and
female experiences in a variety of circumstances, including early
persecution, refugee life, concentration camp life, life in hiding,
separation and reunion of families, and survival in the postwar era.
Through an interdisciplinary lens that combines historical, literary,
archival, and visual sources, participants will also analyze the
experiences of gays and lesbians; how gendered perspective is
reflected in Holocaust diaries, memoirs, and art; the gendered
experiences of perpetrators and their postwar representation; and
other topics.


The seminar will be co-led by Atina Grossmann, Professor of History,
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Cooper Union for the
Advancement of Science and Art, New York, New York, and Dorota
Glowacka, Professor of Humanities and Director of the Contemporary
Studies Programme, University of King’s College, Halifax, Canada.

Professor Atina Grossmann has written extensively on gender,
survivors, and displaced persons before, during, and after the
Holocaust. Her numerous publications include After the Racial State:
Difference and Democracy in Germany and Europe (with Rita Chin, Heide
Fehrenbach, and Geoff Eley, 2009); Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close
Encounters in Occupied Germany (2007); and Reforming Sex: The German
Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform 1920–1950 (1995). In
2012 she will serve as the Center’s Diane and Howard Wohl Fellow.

Professor Dorota Glowacka has published extensively on Holocaust
literature and gender and received awards for excellence in teaching.
Her publications include the forthcomingDisappearing Traces: Holocaust
Testimonies, Ethics, and Aesthetics and “Philosophy in the feminine
and the Holocaust witness: Sarah Kofman and Hannah Arendt” in Gender,
Religion, and the Holocaust (2010). She also co-edited Imaginary
Neighbors: Mediating Polish-Jewish Relations after the Holocaust
(2007) and Between Ethics and Aesthetics: Crossing the Boundaries


The Center will introduce participants to resources that may be used
in teaching and research about the Holocaust, including the Museum’s
library, document archives, memoir collection, photo archives, oral
testimony collection, film and video archive, and Holocaust survivor
database, as well as the International Tracing Service (ITS)
collection of more than 100 million Holocaust-era documents. The ITS
records relate to the fates of more than 17 million people who were
subject to incarceration, forced labor, and displacement during World
War II.

Participants will also have the opportunity to consult and interact
with Museum staff and visiting fellows. To learn more about the
Museum’s collections, please visit<>.


Seminar applicants must be faculty members at accredited,
baccalaureate-awarding institutions in North America. Applications
must include: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a statement of the
applicant’s specific interest and needs in strengthening his or her
background in Holocaust history for the purpose of improving teaching;
and (3) a supporting letter from a departmental chair or dean
addressing the applicant’s qualifications and the institution’s
commitment to Holocaust-related education. Applicants should also
include the syllabi of any Holocaust-related courses they have taught.
Syllabi will be distributed at the seminar to facilitate discussion of
successful teaching strategies.

The Center will select a maximum of 20 participants, without regard to
age, gender, race, creed, or national origin. For non-local
participants, the Center will (1) cover the cost of direct travel to
and from the participant’s home institution and Washington, DC, and
(2) provide lodging for the duration of the seminar. Incidental, meal,
and book expenses must be defrayed by the candidates or their
respective institutions. All participants must commit to attend the
entire seminar from June 4 to15.

Applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later
than Monday, February 27, 2012. Send to:

University Programs
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126
Fax: 202.479.9726<tel:202.479.9726>

Please direct questions to Dr. Dieter Kuntz at<> or
202.314.1779<tel:202.314.1779>. The Center will notify accepted applicants by Monday,
March 19, 2012.


The Curt C. and Else Silberman Foundation endowed the Silberman
Seminar for University Faculty in memory of Curt C. and Else
Silberman. The Foundation supports programs in higher education that
promote study of the Holocaust and protect and strengthen Jewish
values in democracy, human rights, ethical leadership, and cultural

Emil Kerenji, Ph.D. Applied Research Scholar 202.488.0442

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW Washington DC 20024-2126

Fax 202.479.9726