The Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center, in conjunction with The Capital District Teachers' Center and The Reinhold Niebuhr Institute of Religion and Culture presents
"Learning about the Holocaust in a Post 9/11 World"
Wednesday April 9, 2003
Debórah Dwork is the Rose Professor of Holocaust History and the Director of the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. Her now classic Children With A Star gave voice to the silenced children of the Holocaust; it was the first history of the daily lives of those young people caught in the net of Nazism. Children With A Star received international critical acclaim and was translated into German, Italian, Dutch and Japanese. It was the subject of a documentary, also called “Children With A Star,” by the Canadian Broadcasting Company, and was the central source for special after-school television network programs for school-aged youngsters. Auschwitz, co-authored with Robert Jan van Pelt, received the National Jewish Book Award in 1996 and the Spiro Kostoff Award for 1997. One aspect of the book was the basis for the Emmy-nominated documentary, “Auschwitz: The Blueprints of Genocide,” produced by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and aired in the US as “Nazi Designers of Death” on the “Nova” program. It too has been published in Dutch and German, and was voted Best Book by the German Book Critics in 1998. Dr. Dwork’s most recent book, Holocaust: A History, is also co-authored with Professor van Pelt. Published this September (2002), it already has won enthusiastic praise.
As the founding Director of the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, Professor Dwork has given shape to an exciting new forum for education and scholarship about the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and other genocides around the world. Dedicated to teaching, research, and public service, the Center trains the Holocaust historians and genocide studies scholars of the future – the next cadre of professors, teachers, Holocaust museum directors and curators, and non-government organization and government agency experts about genocide and genocidal situations. The mission of the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies reaches beyond the boundaries of the university: to educate professionals of many fields about genocide and the Holocaust, to provide a lecture series free of charge and open to the public, to use scholarship to address current problems stemming from the murderous past, and to engage the world by providing an educated voice in the public arena.
The recipient of many academic honors, Debórah Dwork has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. But she remains a staunch educator. In addition to university lecturing, she is a guest teacher throughout the United States at every level of the American education system: nursery schools, kindergartens, elementary, middle and high schools, and at teacher workshops to further the Holocaust education of those who were not trained in this period of history, and want to learn now.
Debórah Dwork lectures extensively at academic conferences as well as to philanthropic organizations and the general public, and is as likely to be seen at a community center as at a professional meeting.