The Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education

The Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education A contemporary view of how the Holocaust evolved and its continued impact on international relations and foreign policy. Program Dates: Summer 2016 TBA Fee: $500 • Housing provided • Materials and meals included • Participants receive a complimentary e-reader • Financial assistance available (request for assistance must accompany application) Applications are due April 19, 2013.
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Enrollment is competitive. Late applications cannot be considered. The Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, designed for high school teachers, is a rigorous, non-degree program geared to the specific curricular and pedagogical needs of educators. The seven day summer course is held on the campus of Georgetown University and will be taught by Georgetown faculty. Guest lecturers from think tanks, government and non-governmental agencies, authors, independent scholars, and clergy will enhance the learning experience. Participants will have access to Georgetown University’s libraries, as well as the numerous museums and cultural institutions in Washington, DC. Participants will gain an understanding of the ways in which the Holocaust has shaped, and continues to impact, international relations and foreign policy. This focus reflects the strengths of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and its location in the nation’s capital. Participants will leave with an in-depth understanding of the Holocaust and be prepared to teach the subject matter in a way that satisfies state requirements for public, private and parochial schools. Teachers will fulfill CEU requirements for Catholic dioceses and also for states with Holocaust education mandates. Teachers will be supplied with resources and become part of a network of educators equipped for a new era of Holocaust education. How can educators teach lessons from the Holocaust and Holocaust history in the most relevant and meaningful way? The Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies accomplishes this by focusing on contemporary issues and implications, such as: • US Foreign Policy • War Crimes Trials • Scientific Experimentation • Interfaith and Church-State Relations • Restitution of Property and Assets • The Roles of American Government and Businesses • Propaganda Participants will access: • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum • Library of Congress • Embassies and diplomatic staff • Smithsonian Institutions and other museums • Members of Congress • University faculty • Georgetown University libraries • Local synagogues • Leaders of major Jewish organizations such as the American Jewish Committee and Anti-Defamation League • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Mission: To give participants of the summer certificate program an in-depth understanding of the Holocaust and be prepared to teach the subject matter in a way that satisfies state requirements for public, private and parochial schools.

10/01/2015
Center for Jewish Civilization - CJC

CBS News 60 Minutes will be airing a segment this upcoming Sunday, October 4th at 7:00pm EST featuring Fr. Patrick Desbois and Yahad-In Unum.

This upcoming Sunday's edition of CBS News 60 Minutes will include a segment featuring PJC Adjunct Professor Fr. Patrick Desbois and his work with Yahad-In Unum investigating the mass shootings of the Nazi killing units in Eastern Europe, and the organization's efforts to interview the remaining living witnesses and identify the mass graves. The episode will air October 4th at 7:00pm EST.

"My Report to the World" - a production organized and sponsored by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation (and attended b...
08/05/2015
Captivated by Sold-out Performances of ”My Report to the World”

"My Report to the World" - a production organized and sponsored by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation (and attended by several Jan Karski Institute alumni) - was a great success!

Congratulations on a wonderful show!

Seven sold-out performances of “My Report to the World,” a theatrical production about Karski, organized and sponsored by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation were attended by an enthusiastic audience of an estimated 3,200 people.

The last day of the 2015 Jan Karski Institute is underway! As we reflect on the week's sessions, we remember Jan Karski,...
07/18/2015

The last day of the 2015 Jan Karski Institute is underway!

As we reflect on the week's sessions, we remember Jan Karski, himself, pictured here at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's wall of honor for the Righteous Among the Nations. #JanKarskiGU

ICYMI: Fr. Patrick Desbois and Yahad-In Unum were mentioned in the Washington Post's article on the new monuments reveal...
07/16/2015
Ukraine monuments on mass graves recognize Jews killed in Holocaust

ICYMI: Fr. Patrick Desbois and Yahad-In Unum were mentioned in the Washington Post's article on the new monuments revealed in Ukraine for the mass grave victims of the Holocaust. Fr. Desbois speaks with our participants of the Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education today in a private session and then will give a public lecture this evening.

Ludvika Sarah Leah Schein, who survived the Holocaust, hadn’t been to her hometown in 70 years. But she still vividly remembers the day Germans came to Rava-Ruska.

We had the privilege of hearing from Mr. Reuven Azar and Mr. Abe Foxman (of the ADL) at the Israeli Embassy yesterday. T...
07/14/2015

We had the privilege of hearing from Mr. Reuven Azar and Mr. Abe Foxman (of the ADL) at the Israeli Embassy yesterday. Thank you for contributing to the 2015 Jan Karski Institute! #JanKarskiGU

"S.W.A.G." Stuff We All Get. Or in this case, stuff our participants get.
07/10/2015

"S.W.A.G." Stuff We All Get. Or in this case, stuff our participants get.

The participants of our 2015 Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education will be arriving in DC on Sunday! The S.W.A.G. is packed and our student helpers have been briefed. We are ready for another intense and excellent program this year! And hope our participants are too!

07/10/2015

Our 2015 program starts on Sunday! We are looking forward to welcoming this year's participants to DC and Georgetown University in just a few days!

Our public events will be held at a downtown location this year! We hope you will be able to join us for a lecture by au...
07/08/2015
Georgetown University's Program for Jewish Civilization

Our public events will be held at a downtown location this year! We hope you will be able to join us for a lecture by author Richard Rashke on his book Escape from Sobibor on Monday, July 13th and a lecture with Fr. Patrick Desbois on Thursday, July 16th. Make sure you RSVP if you plan to attend!

The Program for Jewish Civilization (PJC) is part of Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), a premier school of international affairs. The PJC is home to the study of the global dimensions of Judaism throughout the ages and especially in our own era, with an emphasi…

"I was born into an Irish Catholic family in this great, wonderful and safe country, but the Holocaust has always haunte...
04/17/2015
Why I require FBI agents to visit the Holocaust Museum

"I was born into an Irish Catholic family in this great, wonderful and safe country, but the Holocaust has always haunted me..."

James Comey, Director of the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation, on why he sends his agents & analysts to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The two key lessons that special agents and intelligence analysts need to learn.

We are exhibiting at the NCEA Convention in Orlando, FL this week!If you're there, stop by our booth (#670)!
04/07/2015

We are exhibiting at the NCEA Convention in Orlando, FL this week!

If you're there, stop by our booth (#670)!

#TBTGet an overview of our summer Jan Karski Institute in this article by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation from a f...
04/02/2015
Georgetown's Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education Graduates 17

#TBT
Get an overview of our summer Jan Karski Institute in this article by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation from a few years ago.

http://www.jankarski.net/en/news-and-events/news/georgetown-s-jan-karski-institute-for-holocaust-education-graduates-17.html

And don't forget to apply to the upcoming summer program here: https://sites.google.com/a/georgetown.edu/jan-karski-institute/apply

A class of 17 educators received certificates on July 20 from the second annual Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Studies held on the campus of Georgetown University. Jan Karski Educational Foundation president Wanda Urbanska participated in the intensive, six-day program.

The Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education's cover photo
12/08/2014

The Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education's cover photo

08/08/2014
Center for Jewish Civilization - CJC

#PJClovesMWS

The PJC salutes its Associate Director, Melissa Weinberg Spence, as she completes her last day at Georgetown University. Ten incredible years of inspired service to the students, administrators, faculty and the wider community. We wish her the best as she takes up her exciting post as Director of Administration at the American Jewish Committee. She will be missed, but she will not be forgotten. Thank you Melissa for all you have done for us. Your legacy will be part of Georgetown for many years to come. #PJClovesMWS

During #JanKarskiGU, the teachers become the students. Doing a small group activity as part of the training with Peter F...
07/17/2014

During #JanKarskiGU, the teachers become the students. Doing a small group activity as part of the training with Peter Fredlake from the USHMM.

Professor Jacques Berlinerblau leads a review of Holocaust literature and Philip Roth's Ghost Writer.
07/16/2014

Professor Jacques Berlinerblau leads a review of Holocaust literature and Philip Roth's Ghost Writer.

Thank you to Deputy Chief of MIssion Reuven Azar and the staff of the Embassy for a wonderful program last night.
07/15/2014

Thank you to Deputy Chief of MIssion Reuven Azar and the staff of the Embassy for a wonderful program last night.

Our very own Fr. McManus leads a session on Simon Wiesenthal's "Sunflower." Soon we are off for dinner and a screening o...
07/15/2014

Our very own Fr. McManus leads a session on Simon Wiesenthal's "Sunflower." Soon we are off for dinner and a screening of "Monuments Men" at the E Street Cinema with remarks by art restitution expert Tom Kline.

Professor Zhiqing Zhong considers Israeli Memory on the Holocaust through the lens of Hebrew literature.
07/14/2014

Professor Zhiqing Zhong considers Israeli Memory on the Holocaust through the lens of Hebrew literature.

A wonderful lecture by Deborah Lipstadt on the Eichmann trial. Thanks to everyone who battled the heat to be here. #jank...
07/14/2014

A wonderful lecture by Deborah Lipstadt on the Eichmann trial. Thanks to everyone who battled the heat to be here. #jankarskiGU #PJClecture

Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor, our first official #jankarskiGU speaker, provides a (brief) overview of Judaism.
07/14/2014

Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor, our first official #jankarskiGU speaker, provides a (brief) overview of Judaism.

Welcome participants! We are anxiously awaiting your arrival!
07/13/2014

Welcome participants! We are anxiously awaiting your arrival!

07/10/2014

We are 3 days away from the start of #JanKarskiGU 2014!

#tbt 2013 #JanKarskiGU participants attended a lecture on #Jewish #Catholic relations at the US Apostolic Nunciature htt...
07/03/2014
Educators to Earn Georgetown Holocaust Studies Certificate

#tbt 2013 #JanKarskiGU participants attended a lecture on #Jewish #Catholic relations at the US Apostolic Nunciature http://www.georgetown.edu/news/educators-earn-holocaust-education-certificates.html

Georgetown and local high school students helped with this summer's Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education. From left, high schooler Liam Kierans and Archbishop Emeritus of Washington Theodore Cardinal McCarrick gather with Georgetown students Nernwon Kargou (SFS'15), Katelyn McNelis (SFS'15)…

07/02/2014

We will be using the hashtag #JanKarskiGU leading up to and during the summer program. Search the hashtag to learn what is happening this year or to find information from last year's program.

« Why the Nazis Burned the Hebrew Bible Commentary Magazine
06/16/2014
« Why the Nazis Burned the Hebrew Bible Commentary Magazine

« Why the Nazis Burned the Hebrew Bible Commentary Magazine

By fire and other means, a festive, expressive destruction of the Book of Books was at the center of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass—when, on November 9, 1938, 1,400 synagogues were set on fire in Nazi Germany. In the small town of Fritzlar in Hessen, Torah scrolls were rolled along Nikolau…

JKI 2012 participant Danielle Kahane-Kaminsky and her group of teachers from the Tennessee Holocaust Commission visit Ge...
06/12/2014

JKI 2012 participant Danielle Kahane-Kaminsky and her group of teachers from the Tennessee Holocaust Commission visit Georgetown University.

Georgetown University celebrated the 100th Birthday of Jan Karski with a staged reading. Watch the video here:
05/08/2014
Anniversary of Jan Karski Celebrated with Staged Reading and Panel

Georgetown University celebrated the 100th Birthday of Jan Karski with a staged reading. Watch the video here:

April 25, 2014– Georgetown honored the late university professor and Holocaust witness Jan Karski with a staged reading featuring an Academy Award-winning actor yesterday, which would have been Karski’s 100th birthday.

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