USC Shoah Foundation and its partner in the Czech Republic, PANT, have been busy leading workshops and seminars about the Visual History Archive and IWitness for educators.
In the month of October, two seminars were held in Czech Republic, in Budweis and Jablonec. About 40 teachers attended each half-day seminar.
In the summer of 2012, after a four-year, multimillion-dollar effort to preserve digitally the video interviews in its Visual History Archive, the USC Shoah Foundation discovered that 4,755 testimonies had technical or mechanical issues, such as video dropout or flickering, or audio problems.
April 19, 2013 is the day of the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Commemorative events held in Warsaw will honor the memory of the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes.
Over 70 new testimonies have been added to IWitness to increase the scope of experiences students can engage with. IWitness now features 1,321 video testimonies from the Visual History Archive that allows teachers and their students to search, watch, and learn directly from the eyewitness to history. IWitness activities allow students to construct multimedia projects that integrate testimony clips together with footage from other sources, as well as photographs and maps, voiceover audio, music and text.
Dr. Kori Street, Director of Education for USC Shoah Foundation, will be participating in a panel at the upcoming International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in San Antonio, Texas from June 23 through June 26. The annual ISTE conference and exposition is the premier conference for educators and education leaders from around the world who are engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective uses of technology.
Dr. Dan Leshem and Dr. Amy Carnes of USC Shoah Foundation will be leading a course to Rwanda this summer that will allow USC students to study post-genocide reconstruction. The course, Rebuilding Rwanda: Memory, Testimony, and Living Together after Genocide, was developed in conjunction with Dr.
In the nineteen nineties, videotape was the most effective format on which to record the testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. But like all physical storage media, tape has a shelf life, and in 2008 the Institute and USC Information Technology Services (ITS) started a multimillion-dollar project to digitize the entire Visual History Archive.
Facing History and Ourselves is partnering with the USC Shoah Foundation to explore how Facing History teachers can use IWitness, the Institute’s educational website, to shape teaching and learning experiences for students in a Facing History course.
Forty tenth graders and three global studies teachers from the Windward School in Los Angeles visited USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education on May 10, 2013. Members of the Institute’s education team showed them how to explore video testimony given by survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide via the Visual History Archive. Sixty five Rwandan testimonies—the first of more than 500 that will be preserved in coming years—are now available via the Institute’s Visual History Archive.
The USC Shoah Foundation organized an April 25 lecture by Marianne Hirsch, its 2013 Yom Hashoah scholar-in-residence, who discussed her work on postmemory: the relationship that children of Holocaust survivors have with the personal, collective and cultural trauma of their parents.
Monika Koszynska, the USC Shoah Foundation’s regional coordinator in Poland, has been appointed as Chief Specialist in Education at the newly inaugurated Museum of the History of Polish Jews.