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Blog co-authors, Lauren Fenech and Steffanie Grotz both teach 8th grade Advanced English Language Arts at Inverness Middle School in Florida.
/ Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Manuk Avedikyan, currently works in the Collections department at USC Shoah Foundation as the indexer for the Armenian Genocide Testimony Collection. Avedikyan received a master’s in political science at the American University of Armenia and also worked at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan and Armenian newspapers. He also traveled across Armenia and Turkey conducting research on the Yezidis, a religious minority group.
/ Thursday, January 21, 2016
Charlotte Masters is a junior at Sidwell Friends in Washington DC. In 2015 she traveled to Poland as a junior intern for the Auschwitz: Past is Present program. After the trip she created the Survivors Speakers Bureau, to bring survivor’s voices into schools in the greater DC area. Charlotte continues as a junior intern with USC Shoah Foundation mentoring the younger students.
/ Monday, January 25, 2016
Ruth Hernandez is a junior at Esperanza Academy Charter School, in Philadelphia, PA. Hernandez has been involved with USC Shoah Foundation since 2013, when her video Voices of Our Journey is the won 2013 IWitness Video Challenge. In 2015 she traveled to Poland for the Auschwitz: Past is Present program as a junior intern.
/ Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Tim Cole (Bristol University), Alberto Giordano (Texas State University), Paul Jaskot (DePaul University), and Anne Knowles (University of Maine) are members of the Holocaust Geographies Collaborative, a multi-institutional, collaborative research group that uses mapping and geography to examine spaces and places of the Holocaust. The group came together in 2007 at a workshop hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to discuss how geography, mapping and geo-visualization can shed new light on the history of the Holocaust.
/ Monday, February 1, 2016
Lesly Culp is the senior content specialist and trainer for IWitness, USC Shoah Foundation’s educational platform. Culp joined USC Shoah Foundation in 2014 after having worked with the Institute for years as an English teacher at Vista Murrieta High School.
/ Thursday, February 4, 2016
Tracy Sockalosky teaches 7th Grade Social Studies at Wilson Middle School in Natick, Mass. In January 2015, Sockalosky was one of the 25 educators who participated in the Auschwitz: The Past is Present professional development program in Poland.
/ Monday, March 28, 2016
Emily Kocontes is a junior at USC studying Popular Music Performance with a minor in Music Industry. Emily has been interning with USC Shoah Foundation for the communications department since September of 2015.
/ Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Guest blogger Stacey Perlman is a Communications Writer at Facing History and Ourselves.
/ Thursday, April 14, 2016
Freddie Kotek is the Senior Vice President of Investment Partnership Division at Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. Kotek is the son and son-in-law of four survivors of the Holocaust and currently sits on USC Shoah Foundation’s Next Generation Council. Kotek is actively involved at Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, where his three daughters graduated, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Through a fund set up in memory of his parents, SSDS Bergen is provided with funding for all aspects of Holocaust and genocide education.
/ Thursday, May 5, 2016
Isabella Sayyah joined USC Shoah Foundation as a writing intern in January 2016. She graduated from USC, where she was editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan, in December 2015 with a B.A. in International Relations and Print and Digital Journalism. She will begin attending Stanford Law School in September 2016.
/ Thursday, May 5, 2016
Benjamin Biniaz is a sophomore at Yale University. During his 2016 summer break he is interning with USC Shoah Foundation’s communication department. His family has been involved with the Institute for many years since his grandmother Celina Biniaz and great- grandmother Phyllis Karp gave their testimonies to the Visual History Archive in 1996.
/ Friday, August 5, 2016
Jenna Leventhal is the associate director of education - digital engagement and oversees IWitness. She received her master’s in public history from the University of Houston and in 2011 joined the staff of the USC Shoah Foundation to work on IWitness, while the educational website was still undergoing testing and development. Leventhal was first introduced to the USC Shoah Foundation as an undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara, working on a project for a public history course.
/ Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Luis Hernandez is currently a senior at the University of Southern California. He is pursuing a B.A. in communication, with minors in Film and News, Media and Society. Hernandez is also a communications intern for USC Shoah Foundation. After graduation in the spring Hernandez hopes to attend graduate school for documentary filmmaking.
/ Monday, October 10, 2016
Jennifer Goss teaches AP U.S. Government and Politics, Virginia/U.S. History and a Holocaust and Genocide Studies elective at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Va. Goss has a Master's in Holocaust & Genocide Studies and is an United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow.
/ Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Elissa Frankle is the Digital Projects Coordinator for Museum Experience and Digital Media at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
/ Friday, December 2, 2016
Holly Blackwelder is a senior majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a focus on China and Mandarin Chinese at University of Southern California. She currently interns in the communicatoins department at USC Shoah Foundation.
/ Monday, December 12, 2016
Emily Bengels is a middle school teacher of Gifted and Talented students at Readington Middle School in New Jersey. She also is in charge of the Enrichment program in her school. Bengels attended the 2015 Auschwitz: The Past is Present professional development program in Poland led by USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education to commemorate the 70th anniversary
/ Thursday, December 22, 2016