Apr. 5, 2011
Each summer for the past 21 years Shawnee State University has had the honor of hosting a one-week intensive study of the Holocaust.
This year, the annual one week Holocaust course is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday, June 6 through Thursday, June 9 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 10 on the SSU campus.
Students will meet and hear from Holocaust scholars and view film footage that is brutally graphic and heartbreakingly poignant. During the week, students will see historic figures in a new light, figures as frightening as Adolph Hitler himself and as inspiring as Oskar Schindler or Hannah Arendt.
Class members are encouraged to pursue individual projects regarding the Holocaust. Projects can range from future lesson plans for teachers talking the course to personal genealogical studies.
The instructors for this course are Herbert Hochhauser, Thomas Piontek and Tom Sorosiak.
Hochhauser is professor emeritus at Kent State University. He is originally from Berlin, Germany, and survived the war in unoccupied France and Switzerland. He has produced ten television documentaries concerning the Holocaust. Each of his documentaries have been aired on PBS with six of them awarded an Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Hochhauser was also appointed by former Governor Richard Celeste of Ohio to the directorship of the Ohio Council on Holocaust Education.
Piontek is assistant professor of English at SSU. He is originally from Frankfurt, Germany. He is the author of a book on gender and sexuality studies and numerous articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries of a wide range of topics including literature, cultural studies and pedagogy. Along with Scott Minar he is currently completing a manuscript for a book of bi-lingual poems as a paean to Paul Celan, a German speaking Romanian Jew whose family was killed by the Nazis.
Sorosiak is an adjunct faculty member at Bowling Green State University. He was a social studies teacher for the public schools and at the collegiate level. He presents seminars for teachers and speaks at social studies conferences on the topics of the Holocaust and contemporary Germany. He is a Fulbright scholar, Atlantik-Brucke Fellow, and in 2008, he was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) by President Horst Kohler from the Federal Republic of Germany.
Earn three semester credit hours for undergraduate credit or participants may register for one or two semester hours of graduate work. The workshop may be taken as non-credit course for a fee of $259.
Senior citizens and all SSU employees will receive a 20% discount if registering for graduate credit or non-college credit. Early registration is encouraged.
To register or for more information, contact University Outreach Services at (740) 351-3274 or toll free at (866) 672-8778.