Spector/Warren Fellowship

The School of Education, the Holocaust Museum Houston, and the Spector/Warren Fellowship for Fellow Educators presents

The Holocaust: Lessons for the Classroom
January 6-12, 2018

Sponsored by Helen and Andrew Spector
and the Spector Family Foundation, in Honor of Naomi Warren

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Application Deadline: October 22, 2017

Why Teach the Holocaust?

Teaching about the Holocaust provides the opportunity to examine the basic moral issue of what it means to be a responsible citizen in a democratic society. Studying the Holocaust brings understanding to the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping, and the value of encouraging tolerance and diversity in society.

Who can participate?

Undergraduate and Graduate students preparing for careers in education, counseling, or student affairs are welcome to apply. The Fellowships will be limited to twenty participants.

What is the program content?

Lectures by and discussions with nationally recognized Holocaust scholars will provide the historical and pedagogical context for understanding the Holocaust and its implications for contemporary society. Conversations with Holocaust survivors provide opportunities to appreciate the personal context of the Holocaust.
Spector/Warren Fellows will benefit from enhanced knowledge including:

  • Awareness and understanding of Holocaust history.
  • Understanding the perspectives of victims, bystanders, perpetrators, and rescuers.
  • Strategies for introducing the universal lessons of the Holocaust in the classroom.
  • Awareness and understanding of the Holocaust’s portrayal in the media.
  • Learning how to teach about the Holocaust within the broader framework of contemporary genocide, prejudice, and intolerance.

Where/when will the program be held?

The program will begin with an intensive six-day institute at the Holocaust Museum Houston in Houston, Texas. It will continue during the spring semester with follow-up seminars at Syracuse University taught by an interdisciplinary group of Syracuse University faculty including curriculum experts, experienced Holocaust educators, and content area specialists who will facilitate discussions on pedagogical approaches to this complex subject. Students may register for credit.

What will the Fellowship provide?

The Spector/Warren Fellowship will cover all expenses including round-trip transportation to Houston, housing, meals, and special events while in Houston and all classroom materials in Houston and Syracuse.

Questions or More information

Contact Alan Goldberg, Program Coordinator.

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I cannot even begin to express how much of an honor it was to travel to Houston as a Spector/Warren Fellow. During the week I was there, I learned so much and grew not only as an educator, but also as a person. I am fortunate to now have a variety of resources with which to teach my students about the Holocaust and ensure that the voices of those who endured the Holocaust are never forgotten. As an English teacher, it means a lot to be able to express to my students that everyone’s story and experience was different, and share those stories with my students to ensure that they live on.
Julie Benninger, 2017 Spector/Warren Fellow

There are only a few programs I have participated in which I can say that I have memories that I will never forget. It is hard to describe the emotion of looking into the eyes and hearing the voices of those who survived the horrors of the holocaust. Now I can say and really mean, ‘never forget.
Justin Freedman, 2014 Spector/Warren Fellow

So much happened to me in Houston. I heard, read, saw, learned, experienced, realized so much. Survivors of the Holocaust will often say, in reference to their time in the concentration camps: “I died there.” They also talk about having two different lives: life before the Holocaust, and life after. About my time in Houston though, I could say I was born there. Life seemed to become renewed during that time. My life will now exist in two parts: Life before the Spector-Warren Fellowship, and life after.
Allison Szymanski, 2013 Spector/Warren Fellow

About the Holocaust Museum Houston

The mission of the Holocaust Museum Houston is to promote awareness of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop of the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of millions of Jews and other innocent victims.
By fostering Holocaust remembrance, understanding and education, the Museum educates students, as well as the general population, about the uniqueness of that event and its ongoing lesson: that humankind must learn to live together in peace and harmony.

About Naomi Warren

The Warren and Spector families established the Fellowship for Future Educators to honor Naomi Warren, by preparing future teachers with approaches for bringing Holocaust education into the classroom. Naomi Warren overcame her own personal tragedy to become a symbol of perseverance, determination and success. Born in Eastern Poland, she survived three concentration camps during the Holocaust. Her first husband, Alexander Rosenbaum, died in Auschwitz in 1942, but Naomi survived the war and immigrated to the United States in 1946. She married Holocaust survivor Martin Warren, and together the couple raised a family and established a successful import company. After her husband’s death, she continued to run the business until her retirement in 2002.

Past Spector/Warren Fellows