The Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum announces the 2015 Hess Faculty Seminar for university faculty teaching or preparing to teach Holocaust or Holocaust-related courses. The Seminar explores the use of film and media to teach about the Holocaust in the university classroom. Representation of the Holocaust in film will be analyzed from its evolution during the early post-war period until today, ranging from documentary productions to feature films and television. The seminar will explore the intent, form, content, and utility—as well as change and continuity—of this form of Holocaust representation.
For faculty of all academic disciplines, the Seminar will be held at the Museum January 5–9, 2015 and will be led by Stuart Liebman, Media Studies Professor Emeritus, Queens College, City University of New York; and Steven Carr, Associate Professor of Communication, Indiana University - Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Seminar lectures and discussions, as well as pedagogy sessions will examine the many different types of Holocaust film and media, concentrating on those that instructors can utilize most effectively in the classroom. Topics will include the cinematic evolution of Holocaust representation; close analysis of different types of films, their perspectives, their aims, and their use of topical focus such as resistance and moral ambivalence, as well as their treatment of non-Jewish victim groups; and an investigation of how different genres—ranging from children's films, to comedies, psychodramas, docudramas and even science fiction—have portrayed the Holocaust. The seminar also will explore how instructors can incorporate non-filmic materials into classroom activities involving both critical analysis of mediated representation and introducing audience-oriented approaches to studying Holocaust imagery.
Candidates must be faculty members of accredited, baccalaureate-awarding institutions in North America. Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a short statement of the candidate's specific interest in and need to attend the Seminar, and a supporting letter from a departmental chair or dean detailing the Holocaust-related courses that the candidate is teaching or planning and the support that the university is providing for Holocaust studies at the institution. If the applicant has already taught an applicable course, a syllabus should be included.
A maximum of 20 applicants will be accepted. For non-local participants, the Center will defray the cost of (1) direct travel to and from the participant’s home institution and Washington, DC, and (2) lodging for the duration of the Seminar. Incidentals, meals, and book expenses must be defrayed by the candidates or their respective institutions. All participants must attend the entire Seminar.
Applications must be postmarked or received in electronic form no later than Monday, November 3, 2014 and sent to:
University ProgramsJack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust StudiesUnited States Holocaust Memorial Museum100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SWWashington, DC 20024-2126 Fax: (202) 479-9726 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions, contact Dr. Dieter Kuntz at 202-314-1779 or email@example.com. Accepted applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process by Friday, November 21, 2014.
Dr. Dieter Kuntz
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center
for Advanced Holocaust Studies
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW
Washington, DC 20024-126
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