Monday, October 29, 2007

2007 West Regional Education Summit — “Exploring the Future of Holocaust Education” (UNLV)

I received this email message from Peter Fredlake via Stephanie Hartman:

"On behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, I would like to invite you to attend the 2007 West Regional Education Summit, “Exploring the Future of Holocaust Education,” to be held at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas on February 20 - 22, 2008.

This Summit proposes to bring together individuals at secondary schools and institutions of higher learning as well as scholars and members of organizations interested in the challenges of Holocaust education in the West region to address common needs and problems, meet and plan cooperative ventures, get support from other regional organizations, and establish a means to follow up on collaborative efforts. Our aim is to provide support to more effectively meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of teaching about the Holocaust in the future.

This Regional Education Summit is the fifth such gathering of scholars and educators. Previous Summits have been held at Vanderbilt University, the University of Denver, the University of Pittsburgh, and most recently at the University of Texas at El Paso. These Summits have resulted in the establishment of active regional networks, the publication of articles in academic journals, and greater cooperation in organizing regional conferences on teaching the Holocaust. In addition, participants have returned home with a greater sense of their mission, bolstered by new contacts and resources.

I have attached a draft agenda for the West Summit [email him for the agenda]. Though it is subject to minor changes, I want you to be able to see how we structure the three days around conversations that allow us to talk in a meaningful way about issues in our profession.

We would be honored to have you participate in this regional conference. We share concerns about the future of Holocaust education in the United States, and we hope this conference will provide a means for addressing these concerns and becoming familiar with how we can help one another.

We will cover expenses related to your transportation, meals, and lodging for the conference. Please RSVP to Nicole Hanna (202-314-7826, before November 10, 2007."

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