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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
On October 22, 2008, Steven Spielberg, Honorary Chair of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, presented this year's Ambassadors for Humanity Award to legendary actor and humanitarian Kirk Douglas.  Douglas was recognized for his long history of support to humanitarian causes.The special evening was also an opportunity for the Institute to announce a series of new global initiatives that will transform the way it carries out its educational mission.Album posted on:  January 7, 2009
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute organized a symposium for educators and leaders of partner organizations in Rwanda and South Africa on July 25 and 26.  The symposium, titled Teaching, Testimony, and Transformation:  Global Landscapes, centered on the educational use of Holocaust and genocide survivor testimony in the classroom setting.  Participants worked towards a shared understanding of opportunities and challenges that educators face in different countries and the factors that contribute to convergences and divergences in education across national borders.  They also explore
Friday, April 13, 2012
In April, two senior staff members of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute traveled to South Africa and Rwanda to meet with partners and explore new relationships and opportunities for collaborative initiatives.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
On February 14, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter participated in a prototype interview for New Dimensions in Testimony, an initiative to record and display 3D interactive testimonies that will preserve the dialogue between Holocaust survivors and learners far into the future.  Gutter's interview was part of the New Dimensions in Testimony seminar (February 13-15), which brought together Holocaust survivors, technologists, and leaders of museums and memorial institutions from around the world.  More
Friday, March 26, 2010
On March 25 and 26, 2010, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute hosted its first international academic conference.The International Digital Access, Outreach, and Research Conference brought together representatives from 25 universities, museums, and other institutions that have access to the Institute's Visual History Archive, to discuss how it is being used in academia.
Friday, February 10, 2012
On February 10-11, the USC Shoah Foundation hosted a two-day event devoted to a multi-faceted inquiry of memory and its manifestations in individual and public life.  Sponsored by The Dornsife Commons, the event was led by USC Shoah staff member Dr. Dan Leshem.
Friday, September 7, 2012
In July, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute held a follow-up workshop for graduates of the 2011 Master Teacher Program.  Participants reconvened as a professional practice- and learning-community after using testimony in the classroom during the past school year.  MoreAlbum posted on:  September 7, 2012 
Monday, April 23, 2012
The University of Pennsylvania has become the first destination in the state where people can access the Institute’s Visual History Archive.  Penn marked the occasion with an April 23 launch event at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia.  press releaseAlbum posted on:  May 4, 2012 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Institute has made 2,500 of its testimonies available at the Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, in New York, NY.  The collection, which will open to the public on the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht (November 9, 2011), includes testimony of Holocaust survivors, rescuers, and liberators.  Press releaseAlbum posted on:  November 7, 2011 
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
On February 7, 2012, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., the USC Shoah Foundation hosted an event entitled Witness and Responsibility, in the Doheny Memorial Library.  The day-long event focused on artistic work that engages with catastrophe and events—personal and world-wide—which challenge our sense of how things ought to be.  The event was a part of the Association for Jewish Theatre's four-day international conference in Los Angeles, Reflecting and Shaping a Shifting World.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
On January 26, 2012, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., the USC Shoah Foundation offered a lecture entitled I Wanted to Prove Myself to the Men:  Female Perpetrators in the Killing Fields of the Holocaust, in the Social Sciences building on the USC campus.  The lecture featured Wendy Lower, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of History and lecturer at Maximilians University, Munich.  Drawing from wartime documents, postwar trials, private letters, and interviews, this lecture focused on outstanding cases of women who participated in the Holocaust, some in ghetto liquidations and mass shootings of Poli
Friday, October 7, 2011
For the first time, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s collection of more than 430 Italian language testimonies—part of its collection of nearly 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses—will be available online.  Last month, Italy’s Archivio Centrale dello Stato (Central State Archives) launched an online research portal that provides access to the testimonies, as well as to other archival holdings.Read the press release (English or Italian), with video.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
In July 2011, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute held a follow-up workshop for graduates of its Master Teacher Program.  The follow-up workshop provided a congenial, peer-to-peer setting for participants to address program-related issues; present the testimony-based projects they developed during the year, as well as the impact of those projects on students’ learning; consider strategies for making use of IWitness, the Institute’s new online application (http://dornsife.usc.edu/vhi/education/iwitness); and receive information abou
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The Institute recently conducted its inaugural Leichtag Family Foundation Master Teacher workshop, Teaching with Testimony, for middle and high school teachers in Southern California.  The goal of the workshop was to provide participants with training on how to develop testimony-based classroom lessons and integrate testimony from the Institute’s archive into existing curricula.  Participants are members of the Institute's Teacher Innovation Network.  To learn more about the workshop and Teacher Innovation Network, click here.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
From August 1-3, the USC Shoah Foundation–The Institute for Visual History and Education, held a best practices workshop for graduates of the Master Teacher Program, a professional development program for educators that centers on the use of Holocaust and genocide eyewitness testimony in the classroom.  MoreAlbum posted on:  August 6, 2012 
Monday, April 16, 2012
Yehuda Bauer, one of the foremost authorities on the subject of the Holocaust, made an exclusive trip to Los Angeles to give the Institute's inaugural Yom Hashoah lecture on April 16.  Bauer, who is the Institute's scholar-in-residence, discussed the roots of genocide and realistic approaches to overcoming it.  ListenAlbum posted on:  May 8, 2012 
Sunday, April 15, 2012
The USC Institute of Armenian Studies held a gala banquet on April 15 to honor the Institute for championing the Armenian Genocide Digitization Project, which aims to digitally preserve all existing eyewitness testimony related to the genocide.  The Armenian Film Foundation’s interviews will be the first collection in the project.  press releaseAlbum posted on:  May 8, 2012 
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Arnold Spielberg, father of USC Shoah Foundation Institute Founder Steven Spielberg, was honored with the Institute's inaugural Inspiration Award at a private luncheon in Los Angeles, on April 26.  Arnold was recognized for his many years of mentorship and support of the Institute's work, especially in the area of humanity through technology.  press releaseAlbum posted on:  May 8, 2012 
Thursday, November 3, 2011
McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, has become the first site in Canada with access to the Institute's Visual History Archive (press release).  The University hosted an event on November 3 to celebrate the launch of the archive; Branko Lustig, an Oscar-winning film producer and Holocaust survivor whose life story is preserved in the archive, spoke at the event.Album posted on:  November 7, 2011 
Monday, August 31, 2009
A team of historians, technology professionals, software engineers, and experts in information management developed the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's cataloguing and indexing systems, in order to make the more than 100,000 hours of testimony searchable.Learn more about cataloguing and indexing.Album posted on:  August 31, 2009 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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Sunday, July 1, 2012
The inaugural workshop of the Institute's Teaching with Testimony for the 21st Century program ran from July 1-6 at Central European University in Budapest.  The program for teachers in Europe provides professional development training centered on the educational use of Holocaust eyewitness testimony.  Twenty teachers from across Hungary (and three from Hungarian-speaking regions beyond the national border) completed the workshop, which prepared them to produce their own testimony-based classroom lessons and activities. 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
On June 6, Steven Spielberg, Founder of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, presented Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, with the Institute’s highest honor, the Ambassador for Humanity Award.  Iger was honored at the Institute’s annual gala, where he was recognized for his support of the Institute’s work, his longtime philanthropy, and his leadership role in corporate citizenship.  The gala presenting sponsor was JCPenney®.  Jimmy Kimmel hosted, and Mary J.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Paris Papamichos Chronakis, a visiting research scholar at the University of California–Los Angeles, visited the Institute on May 24 to discuss his research in the Visual History Archive.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Dozens of students at USC attended the HBO-sponsored Student Voices Master Class, an event consisting of workshops and panel discussions on testimony-based documentary filmmaking.  Academy Award-winning filmmakers shared their expertise at the event, including Michael Apted, whose keynote lecture on ethical documentary filmmaking drew nearly 150 people.  moreAlbum posted on:  March 15, 2012 
Thursday, March 8, 2012
In honor of International Women's Day on March 8, the Institute and The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme convened a roundtable discussion, "Strength Through Adversity:  Women and Mass Violence," at the University of Southern California.  The roundtable focused on the capacity of women to overcome adversity and empower others in the face of extreme violence; participants included women survivors of recent conflicts in Central Africa and Eastern Europe.  more
Monday, January 23, 2012
More than 350 New York metropolitan area high school students debuted the work that they completed in the IWitness application at the United Nations Headquarters, on January 23, 2012.The event was cosponsored by the United States Mission to the United Nations, and held in observance of the International Day of Commemoration, in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.  The theme of the week of events for 2012 at the United Nations is “Children and the Holocaust.”Read a news item about the event.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
The first permanent Exhibit about the Holocaust, displayed in Cuba, opened on December 18 at the Centro Sephardi (Sephardic Center) in Havana.  The Exhibit, We Remember–The Holocaust and the Creation of a Living Community, shines a light on the Cuban Jewish experience of the Holocaust and raises awareness that a small Jewish community makes Cuba its home.  press releaseAlbum posted on:  December 21, 2011 
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Martin Šmok, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Senior International Program Consultant, gave presentations at a training event for teachers organized by Pant o.s.  The event took place at the Summer School of Modern History in Ostrava, Czech Republic on August 29 and 30.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
On April 7, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute honored students from across the University who made short films using footage from the Institute’s archive of nearly 52,000 videotaped testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.  The awards ceremony, screening, and panel discussion, made possible by Visions and Voices and HBO, were the culmination of the Student Voices short film competition, which invited all USC students to use the Institute’s archive in order to shape the conversation about violence and genocide.  Among the competition jury and on the panel was Academy Award-wi

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