CFA: USHMM Virtual Faculty Seminar: The Holocaust and the Christian Tradition in Seminary Education Today

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June 23, 2021 to July 2, 2021
Subject Fields: 
European History / Studies, German History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

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 2021 Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust Virtual Faculty Seminar on the topic of The Holocaust and the Christian Tradition in Seminary Education Today. The seminar will examine the Holocaust and its historical, ethical, and theological relevance for Christianity and its particular implications for theologians, clergy, and Christian leaders today. The seminar will consider the Holocaust and related topics from multiple disciplinary and denominational perspectives and will offer a range of teaching resources and pedagogical methods to help participants integrate aspects of this history into their teaching and mentorship of seminary students.

Applications are welcome from professors, instructors, and advanced doctoral students who are currently teaching or preparing to teach courses that could potentially integrate the Holocaust and related topics into their lectures, assignments, activities, or campus events (teaching an entire course on the Holocaust is not required). We welcome applicants from any religious tradition or denominational affiliation. Clergy and religious professionals who are engaged in adult Christian education or part-time teaching will be considered. Faculty based at institutions outside North America will also be considered if they meet the criteria above.

The seminar will be conducted entirely online through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous elements from June 23 to July 2, 2021. Participants will attend seven, three-hour synchronous sessions throughout the seminar. Applications must be received in electronic form no later than April 16, 2021. The full CfA and the application form are available on the USHMM website: Please contact Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand ( with any questions.

The seminar will be led by Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand, Director of the USHMM’s Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust, who will be joined each day by a specialist on the day’s topic. Together, they will guide the participants through readings, case studies, and pedagogical discussions. 

Topics will include: 
Jews and Christians before the Holocaust with Dr. Kevin Madigan, Harvard University
The German churches in Nazi Germany with Dr. Christopher Probst, Washington University in St. Louis, University College
North American churches and the Holocaust with Dr. Kyle Jantzen, Ambrose University
Ethical Perspectives on the Holocaust with Dr. David Gushee, Mercer University
Clergy and Religious Professionals during the Holocaust with Dr. Beth Griech-Polelle, Pacific Lutheran University
Post-Holocaust Reckonings with Theology and Practice with Dr. Mary Boys, Union Theological Seminary, New York

This workshop is made possible by the Hoffberger Family Fund and by Joseph A. and Janeal Cannon and Family.

Contact Info: 

Director of USHMM’s Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust, Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand

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