National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education to host Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference 10/21-10/23

 

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GREENSBURG, Pa.-Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education will host the Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference October 21-23, 2012 on the University’s hilltop campus in Greensburg, Pa.

The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference will feature prominent international scholars and educators addressing the topic of “Holocaust Education: Challenges for the Future.”

Rabbi Dr. Irving “Yitz” Greenberg will serve as the conference’s keynote speaker. Dr. Greenberg is a Modern Orthodox rabbi, Jewish-American scholar, author, and leader in Holocaust education. In 1975, he founded the Zachor Holocaust Resource Center with Eli Wiesel. Also, he was executive director of President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on the Holocaust, which led to the establishment of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Later he served on the museum’s founding board and Council. In 2000, President William Clinton appointed him to chair the Council.

Dr. Greenberg was ordained at Yeshiva Beis Yosef in 1953, and earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He served as the rabbi of the Riverdale Jewish Center, as an associate professor of history at Yeshiva University, as a founder, chairman, and professor in the department of Jewish Studies at the City College of the City University of New York. Additionally, Dr. Greenberg has served as the President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

Featured speakers for the plenary sessions during the conference include: Dr. Yehuda Bauer, professor of Holocaust Studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Dr. Eva Fogelman, social psychologist, psychotherapist, author and filmmaker; Dr. Myrna Goldenberg, professor Emerita at Maryland’s Montgomery College; Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, a Servite priest and professor of Social Ethics at the Catholic Theological Union of the University of Chicago; Joanne Rudof, archivist of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale; Dr. Carol Rittner, RSM, Distinguished Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Dr. Marsha R. Grossman Professor of Holocaust Studies at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; Dr. John K. Roth, author, editor, and professor of philosophy of religion at Claremont McKenna College; Dr. Stephen Smith, a Holocaust specialist and executive director of the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education; Dr. James Waller, a social psychologist and the Cohen Endowed Chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire; and, Mr. Carl Wilkens, director of the non-profit website www.worldoutsidemyshoes.org and an advocate for genocide awareness.

The 2012 conference is made possible by benefactor Ethel LeFrak. In 2008, LeFrak, a noted New York philanthropist, made a generous donation to Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education to endow The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference and create The Ethel LeFrak Student Scholars of the Holocaust Fund.

The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference seeks to enhance Catholic-Jewish understanding by educating the educators. The Conference will equip teachers and faculty members, especially those at Catholic institutions, to enter into serious discussions on the causes of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and to write and deliver papers that shape appropriate curricular responses at Catholic institutions and other educational sites.

Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education will be celebrating its 25th anniversary beginning the 2012 Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference. Over the next few months, Center staff will confirm the conference schedule and other details. Please check our website for periodic updates, flyers and registration information.

 

 

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