USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and the Anti-Defamation League held a workshop in November where nearly 50 Southern California teachers learned to use Echoes and Reflections, a multimedia curriculum on the Holocaust.
Holocaust survivor testimony has made possible a Czech-language resource for education that illuminates the wartime history of the Czech government-in-exile.
USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education received the Arpa Foundation Award of the 2012 Arpa International Film Festival. The Institute was recognized for "its outstanding achievement in Holocaust education and preservation of testimonies of survivors." Executive Director Stephen D. Smith accepted the award on behalf of the Institute at the December 2 gala awards banquet in Los Angeles.
The Institute and Yad Vashem are reaching out to teachers in Slovakia who have shown a commitment to Holocaust documentation and tolerance education. On November 18, Martin Šmok, the Institute’s Senior International Program Consultant, presented at a Yad Vashem seminar hosted by the Holocaust Documentation Center. Nineteen activist-teachers attended the seminar, where Šmok gave an overview of the Institute and its mission to make survivor testimony a compelling voice for education and action.
The Institute is featured in the Fall 2012/Winter 2013 issue of USC Dornsife Magazine ("The Memory Issue"), which includes content accessible through smartphones using the Dornsife Augment Reality (AR) app. Readers can use their smartphones to scan pages for additional content, including a short clip from the testimony of Freddy Mutanguha, a survivor of the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide.
Freddy's entire testimony is viewable on the Institute's website. Watch
Teachers across Poland traveled to Hungary last week to attend a workshop organized by USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education (the Institute). The workshop, part of the Institute’s Teaching with Testimony for the 21st Century program, took place at Central European University in Budapest from November 11 to November 16. During the workshop, the teachers learned how to use interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses for education.
The Institute invites you to a lecture by Dr. Sean Field, Director of the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Popular Memory, which documents the oral histories of refugees, victims of violence and displacement, and others who suffered under apartheid and its legacy. Dr. Field will evaluate the outcomes of various methodologies oral history researchers have used to preserve memories of apartheid; his lecture will take place this Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 pm, in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Room 227.
Graduates of the Institute’s Master Teacher Program will debut IWitness next week at the 2012 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference, demonstrating how the award-winning website, now in beta, weaves together digital literacy development, online citizenship, and tolerance education based on the life stories of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.