Holocaust Memorial at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor

OWP Summer Institute: Teaching the Holocaust and its Relevance in the Modern World

Oregon Writing Project at University of Oregon is pleased to partner with the Memorial Library to present our 2017 Summer Institute: Teaching the Holocaust and its Relevance in the Modern World. Click here to access the application for the Institute.
Our seminar is designed to ground teachers in the history of the Holocaust, other genocides, and the local history of the area, providing them context, so as to evaluate choices being made by both individuals and governments.  Teachers will explore and evaluate history, and examine the choices that were made in those moments in order to go back to their classrooms and help their students better understand the present they live in and how the choices that have been made in the past have led to this point but also how the choices they make have power and give them a voice.
We will be working with a local rabbi(s) and University of Oregon Hillel to ensure that we include information about Jewish history and life.  We will also have presentations on the history of anti-semitism and the history of the Holocaust experience from ghettos to the camps. We will invite a local Holocaust survivor speaker to share his/her experiences.  We also will include a Echoes and Reflections presentation, a presentation on collaboration and complicity, which will mirror what is currently exhibited at the USHMM, and a presentation on IWitness from the USC Shoah Foundation.
We will introduce participants to each other through the identity project and through online discussions we facilitate before the seminar begins.  Once the seminar starts, we plan to allow participants time each day to write about what they are learning and how it is affecting them but also how they can apply that learning to their classrooms and their students.  We will focus on best practices for how to teach the Holocaust and genocide through modeling with what we are presenting at the seminar.
The content of the seminar will focus on both the Holocaust and the local connection to other experiences with genocide.  We will integrate the local content through having the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Project present information about the Japanese-American internment experience.
We will visit a local memorial to the Japanese American experience in World War Two as part of our cultural outreach and use it as an opportunity to journal.
Participants will need to prepare and bring items to create their identity project on the first day.
They will need to read Olga Lengyel book Five Chimneys prior to the seminar.  They also will have a readings related to Japanese-American internment.  They will need to bring a journal to write in ahead of time.  We will be blogging online before the seminar begins and will provide participants with the link once they have been selected.  We will begin building relationships through asking for teaching experiences, goals for the seminar and what they would like to learn, and thoughts and reactions to the readings they will complete before the seminar begins.
This will give participants a sense of each other and some background knowledge that will relate to the theme of the seminar.