This seminar will familiarize students with classic works of Holocaust historiography as well as with newer works that challenge old interpretations and methodologies. We will investigate debates about the origins and historicization of the Holocaust; the role of Hitler in decision-making and the Nazi bureaucracy; the development of antisemitism; the uses of sources, from archival documents to victim testimony; theories of genocide and colonialism; comparative genocide; memory and the “myth of silence”; and other themes. Readings will ask how historians can write a narrative reconstruction of events while “probing the limits of representation,” in the words of Saul Friedländer.
This year’s annual Uhlman Seminar will focus on Jewish culture as revealed through entertainment: music, film, folklore, humor, and the storytelling components present in all of these arts. Ruth von Bernuth will open the seminar by establishing a foundation of Jewish folklore and storytelling, and Jane Peppler will tell us about her experience resurrecting the wry, satirical, cosmopolitan songs of Warsaw’s cabaret scene that were lost after the Holocaust. Next we’ll enjoy a special lunchtime performance of North Carolina-based klezmer band, The Klezbyterians, featuring Jane Peppler. Jarrod Tanny will trace the origins of contemporary Jewish humor from the Yiddish speaking shtetls of eastern Europe up through American popular culture today. Finally,Rachel Schaevitz will trace the evolution of Jewish influence in Hollywood, from its founding by Jewish immigrants, to today’s filmmakers who have brought distinctly Jewish identities and experiences to the silver screen.Rachel Schaevitz will trace the evolution of Jewish influence in Hollywood, from its founding by Jewish immigrants, to today’s filmmakers who have brought distinctly Jewish identities and experiences to the silver screen.
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Workshops are open to North Carolina teachers in public, charter, and private schools. They are most appropriate for Language Arts and Social Studies teachers in middle and high schools. Substitute pay is provided for public school teachers. Participants receive a packet of teaching materials, plus selections from the Council’s publication, The Holocaust: A North Carolina Teacher's Resource (available online in full via the Council website).
Seven to nine workshops are held throughout the school year at sites across the state. Over 8000 teachers and administrators have attended Council workshops since 1989.
Check back here in the Fall of 2017 for the Council's 2017–2018 workshops
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