Dr. Kori Street, Interim Finci-Viterbi Executive Director, has spent a decade leading the Institute’s academic, education and administration initiatives which reach scholars, educators and students in 80 countries. Dr. Street also spearheaded the Stronger Than Hate Initiative—bringing the Institute’s programming and ethos to the greater USC campus community.
Starting in 2011, Dr. Street served as Director of Education, overseeing the development and exponential growth of IWitness, USC Shoah Foundation’s no-cost educational website. Under their direction, the educational platform launched at the United Nations, secured an institutional partnership with Discovery Education, and now reaches tens of millions of educators and students worldwide. They also produced the Institute’s first-ever virtual reality testimony film, Lala.
Their current academic work is focused on the preservation and educational use of Holocaust survivor testimonies and the role of testimony in addressing the history of mass violence—working with national and international committees on Holocaust education, remembrance, and research—as well as an examination of Holocaust imagery in the Harry Potter books and films. Their other areas of research are problem-based learning and the integration of information literacy into the classroom.
Dr. Street came to the Institute from Mount Royal University, where they were an Associate Professor and Chair of Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit Studies, International Business and Aviation in the Bissett School of Business. Their past research included the scholarship of teaching and learning, the Canadian home front in the First World War, and the Holocaust. They completed a major web-based project with a colleague in the Department of Humanities on the "Black Donnelleys" with the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History group. The website engages students in the study of history using inquiry-based learning models and won the MERLOT Award for innovation in 2008 and the Pierre Berton Award in 2009. In recognition of their teaching, scholarship and service record, Dr. Street won the Mount Royal University Distinguished Faculty Award in 2011.
After completing a Master’s in the History of Education and Gender/Feminism at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, Dr. Street received their PhD in history from the University of Victoria in 2001. Their focus was military and social history, an interest fueled by their four years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Dr. Street currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and as a member of the Education Working Group of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
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“How do you ‘oppose’ the Holocaust? You don’t, but there are multiple perspectives for learning.” Dallas Morning News, October 20, 2021