New York, NY, January 4, 2011 … Professors representing 16 colleges and universities from across the United States are attending a special seminar in Israel to study the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, as part of an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) program.
The Echoes and Reflections Professors' Study Tour to Israel, January 5-13, is an intensive, weeklong program designed to enhance teachers' understanding of the Holocaust and foster their commitment to educating future teachers using Echoes and Reflections — A Multimedia Curriculum on the Holocaust.
"This is the third Echoes study tour, and each time, participants consistently report that being in Israel to study topics like anti-Semitism and the Holocaust makes an enormous difference," said Deborah A. Batiste, Project Director for Echoes and Reflections. "With the benefit of first-hand accounts, set against the backdrop of modern-day Israel, professors can better appreciate the real-life applications of these lessons. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the professors as they bring the Echoes and Reflections curriculum to their home campuses."
The professors hail from the following schools: Alabama A&M University, Northern Arizona University, Boston University, University of Georgia, University of Hawaii, University of Virginia, Lehigh University, Pacific University (OR), University of Northern Colorado, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Loyola Marymount University, Columbia University, Ohio State University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Louisville, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
At Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes Remembrance Authority, participants take comprehensive tours of the campus, including the Holocaust History Museum; meet with Holocaust survivors, world-renowned historians, and pedagogical experts; engage in hands-on practice using Echoes and Reflections; and share educational strategies. They also visit the Old City of Jerusalem, and other important sites throughout the country.
The seminar addresses issues such as the challenges of teaching the Holocaust to today's students, the rise of modern anti-Semitism, the dilemmas of Jewish leadership during the Holocaust, and the 'unprecedentedness' of the Holocaust in an age of genocide. On their return to their home campuses, participants will integrate Echoes and Reflections into their teaching of the Holocaust, and work with their colleagues and with their local ADL office to coordinate teacher-training seminars for pre- and in-service educators.
Echoes and Reflections — A Multimedia Curriculum on the Holocaust is a collaborative program developed by ADL, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, and Yad Vashem. The Echoes and Reflections project is funded by Dana and Yossie Hollander. For information about the curriculum, visit www.echoesandreflections.org.