IPFW One of Six Universities in U.S. to Host Holocaust Seminar

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News release from IPFW:

IPFW One of Six Universities in U.S. to Host Holocaust Seminar

(March 15, 2011) – One of only six universities in the world, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will host a first round of the Belfer First Step Seminar to prepare pre-service teachers to teach the Holocaust effectively. The seminar is funded by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the National Institute for Holocaust Education. “Belfer First Step: A Workshop for Teaching about the Holocaust,” will take place Friday, April 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101. The seminar is not open to the public; members of the media are invited to attend the seminar to cover the event.

USHMM will sponsor six Belfer First Step Seminars a year for five years. The seminars are a national initiative. IPFW was chosen to host a seminar the first year in the Midwest region, which covers Ohio to Iowa

IPFW was chosen because of its Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which promotes public awareness and supports scholarship, research, and teaching on the Holocaust and other genocides worldwide. David Lindquist, associate professor in the School of Education, and Steven Alan Carr, associate professor in the Department of Communication, are co-directors of the institute.

Lindquist and Carr have invited more than 40 public and private universities to participate so their pre-service teachers will have the opportunity to learn ways to teach about the Holocaust as they move into the teaching profession.

“We’re excited to participate so students can learn, at no cost to them, through resources from the Holocaust Museum,” said Lindquist.  “The museum is one of the two leading Holocaust resources centers in the world. The other is in Israel.”

The program will focus on three components: a general introduction to teaching the Holocaust, propaganda, and teaching about contemporary genocide. It will explore the content, methodologies, and rationales for teaching the history of the Holocaust; increase teachers’ knowledge of the Holocaust; and examine contemporary issues associated with this history.

Carr, who is a fellow for the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies through the USHMM, and Lindquist, who is a museum teacher fellow and regional museum education for USHMM, will present at the seminar. Mark Grudgel, an English teacher for Southwest High School in Lincoln, Neb. and a museum teacher fellow for the USHMM, will also present.

For more information, David Lindquist, associate professor in the School of Education, at 260-481-6065 or lindquid@ipfw.edu.

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