Earlier this month the inaugural Always Remember Institute was held on UNLV’s campus. Three of our project advisers were the leads of this thoughtful and informative event: Dr. Elizabeth Spalding, professor of English Education in UNLV’s College of Education; Myra Berkovits, currently the Education Specialist for Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center; and Susan Dubin, a librarian and consultant to the Holocaust Resource Center. This illustrious trio and their support team deserve nothing but high praise for the success of the two-and-a-half day event.
Then there were the brilliant guest speakers who instilled inspiration for student reading and writing activities. Speakers included: Alan Rosen, scholar of Holocaust literature who studied under Elie Wiesel and lives in Jerusalem; Karen Shawn of Yeshiva University and editor of PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators; Sonia Levitin, author, educator, dramatist of books for young adults and children; Susan Goldman Rubin, illustrator and author of more than 55 books.
I met as many of the thirty-some educators in attendance as possible to learn about their approaches to the topic. On one day local Holocaust survivors joined the participants for lunch. At that time I spoke about the Jewish Heritage Project and how our future plan to incorporate oral histories and Holocaust education in the coming web portal.
UNLV Libraries’ Special Collections was a co-sponsor and looks forward to an annual gathering that increases the capacity for empathy and ultimately develops meaningful tools for educators who instruct about this history.
To see more about the event and the speakers: http://alwaysrememberinstitute.com