Call for Applications: 2016 Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty

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June 6, 2016 to June 17, 2016
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
European History / Studies, German History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Humanities, Jewish History / Studies

2016 Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty

Jewish Responses to the Holocaust: teaching through primary sources

June 6-17, 2016


Applications due March 14, 2016


The Mandel Center announces the 2016 Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty.  This year’s seminar will address the complex, rich, and diverse responses to persecution of Jews and Jewish victims, inside and outside of Europe, from 1933 and into the postwar period.  Until recently, the study of perpetrators dominated the historical narrative of the Holocaust. As the extraordinary wealth of diaries, memoirs, and other textual and audiovisual sources that represent Jewish perspectives becomes available, the question of how to teach such source materials in a variety of disciplinary contexts—from history, to literature, to sociology and anthropology studies, and beyond—emerges as a pressing pedagogical question.  These are some of the most powerful historical sources students will ever encounter – but they are not straightforward to use. Reading and listening to victims’ voices raises questions of language, selection, and interpretation that can in themselves be important learning moments in the classroom.


This seminar will explore a variety of source bases and curricular and pedagogical approaches. It will focus in part on the Museum-produced series, Jewish Responses to Persecution (completed in 2015), while also including new perspectives on traditional materials presented in the Holocaust Studies classroom.  Ultimately, participants will assemble a variety of sources (in English) for classroom use, and develop strategies to incorporate these materials in different types of undergraduate courses.  The seminar will be led by Alexandra Garbarini, Associate Professor of History, Chair of Jewish Studies at Williams College, and Mark Roseman, the Pat M. Glazer Chair of the Jewish Studies Program, Professor, Department of History at Indiana University (Bloomington).


Applications and supporting materials must be received by March 14, 2016. Applications can be sent to For complete competition guidelines and eligibility requirements please visit Decisions will be announced in mid-April of 2016.


Please direct inquiries to Kierra Crago-Schneider, program officer at or Leah Wolfson, senior program officer, University Programs, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, at

The Curt C. and Else Silberman Foundation endowed the Silberman Seminar for University Faculty in memory of Curt C. and Else Silberman.  The Foundation supports programs in higher education that promote, protect, and strengthen Jewish values in democracy, human rights, ethical leadership, and cultural pluralism.