Reminder! CFA: USHMM Virtual Faculty Seminar: Bioethics, Disease, and the Holocaust, Jan 3-7, 2022 (Deadline 31 October 2021)

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The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum announces the call for applications for the 2022 Jack and Anita Hess Virtual Faculty Seminar on the topic of “Bioethics, Disease, and the Holocaust.” This year’s Seminar will draw on an interdisciplinary body of scholarship to make clear how the history of the Holocaust informs the fields of bioethics and public health, and vice-versa, addressing questions such as: What are the legacies of the Nazis’ uses and abuses of scientific knowledge to serve ideological purposes? How can we understand the continued significance of the Nuremberg Trials and the Nuremberg Code? And what ethical lessons does the Holocaust provide when it comes to practicing medicine and considering public health concerns today, including treating vulnerable patient populations and ensuring access to treatment and vaccines? The Seminar will provide faculty with a range of interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and pedagogical tools for introducing this aspect of Holocaust studies into the undergraduate and graduate classroom.

Applications are welcome from instructors across academic disciplines, including but not limited to: Anthropology and Sociology; Philosophy and Ethics; Disability Studies; Gender Studies, Women’s Studies; German Studies; History of Medicine; Holocaust Studies; Jewish Studies; Law and Human Rights; Medical Humanities; Medicine; Political Science and International Relations; Public Health; Psychology; and Theology and Religious Studies. We particularly welcome faculty, instructors, and advanced PhD candidates who teach topics relating to the Holocaust, Public Health, Bioethics, or the History of Science. 

This Seminar will occur entirely online through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions from January 3-7, 2022. Applications must be received in electronic form no later than October 31, 2021. Seminar applicants must be teaching or anticipate teaching relevant courses at accredited institutions in North America. The full CfA and the application form are available on the USHMM website: Please contact Dr. Katharine White ( with any questions.

Seminar Leaders

Patricia Heberer Rice, PhD, Senior Historian, Director of the Division of the Senior Historians, The Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Matthew Wynia MD, MPH, FACP, Director, Center for Bioethics and the Humanities, University of Colorado; Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health

This Seminar is endowed by Edward and David Hess in memory of their parents, Jack and Anita Hess, who believed passionately in the power of education to overcome racial and religious prejudice.