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Beth Calloway receives fellowship to attend Holocaust education seminar

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University English instructor Beth Calloway has received a fellowship to participate in the Memorial Library Summer Seminar on Holocaust Education in New York City July 7-19.

     Calloway was one of 20 fellowship recipients selected by the Holocaust Educators Network in partnership with the National Writing Project.

     Calloway is a teacher-consultant with the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, one of more than 175 sites of the National Writing Project, a professional development network dedicated to improving the teaching of writing in the nation's schools.

     Seminar participants will receive a $1,000 fellowship, free housing at Columbia University, and a generous stipend for round-trip airfare and meals. It is sponsored by the Memorial Library and by Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

     The seminar will be led by Sondra Perl, professor of English and Urban Education at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, founding co-director of the New York City Writing Project, and author of “On Austrian Soil: Teaching Those I Was Taught to Hate.”

     Although prior experience teaching the Holocaust is not necessary, participants are asked to teach about the Holocaust during the 2008–2009 school year.

     “One of the reasons I was interested in applying to the seminar is because of my renewed interest in the Holocaust after visiting the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam and the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany a couple of summers ago,” Calloway said. “I'm hoping to take what I learn this summer and use it in my freshman composition classes.”

     The seminar will include reading, writing, presentations by Holocaust survivors and experts in Holocaust studies, and excursions to museums and historic sites. Using an inquiry-based approach, the program will encourage teachers to think creatively and collaboratively about methods and approaches to teaching the Holocaust. The seminar will consider how to engage students with difficult material such as hatred, prejudice, and state-sanctioned genocide, and how writing, dialogue, and inquiry can help develop empathy and encourage action. While the focus is on the Holocaust, attention will also be given to more recent genocides.

     Founded in 1992, the SLWP offers teachers opportunities for personal growth through Summer Institutes and in-service programs and is home of the nationally acclaimed "New Orleans Writing Marathon.

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