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Committee on Churches and the Holocaust
2010 Seminar for Seminary Faculty and Professors of Religious Studies
Rescuers and Bystanders during the Holocaust:
The Historical Significance of Morality and Complicity
June 21-25, 2010
The Committee on Church Relations and the Holocaust (CRC) of the United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum announces a seminar for professors of theology,
ethics, and religion at theological schools and other institutions of advanced
education. Applications from interested professors from other disciplines will
The seminar is scheduled for June 21-25, 2010.
The seminar will offer an overview of the history of Catholic and
Protestant responses to Nazism and the Holocaust, with a particular focus on the
role of rescuers and bystanders. How historically significant was such behavior?
What factors shaped the behavior of these groups? What moral and ethical
insights can be drawn from this aspect of Holocaust history? Participants will
also have the opportunity to learn more about Museum resources for their
teaching and to consult and interact with Museum staff and visiting scholars.
More information about the Museum’s programs on religion can be found at www.ushmm.org/research/center/church/.
The seminar will be co-taught by Victoria Barnett, Staff Director, CRC, and
Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at
Mercer University. Ms. Barnett has helped create academic and public programs,
panels, and symposia on Christianity and the Holocaust with institutions around
the country. Her publications include Bystanders: Conscience and Complicity
during the Holocaust (1999) and For the Soul of the People: Protestant Protest
against Hitler (1992). She is also a prominent Bonhoeffer scholar and one of the
general editors of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works English Edition, the complete
English translation of Bonhoeffer’s works. Dr. Gushee has written extensively
about the intersection between Christian faith, ethics, and public policy, and
has provided leadership in the American evangelical world on human rights
issues. He is the author of numerous books, including Righteous Gentiles of the
Holocaust and Only Human: Christian Reflections on the Journey toward Wholeness.
Candidates must be faculty members at accredited, degree-awarding
institutions in North America. Applications must include: (1) a curriculum
vitae; (2) a statement of the candidate’s specific interest and purpose for
attending the seminar; and (3) a supporting letter from a departmental chair or
dean addressing the candidate’s qualifications and the institution’s potential
interest in having Holocaust-related courses taught.
Admission will be decided without regard to age, gender, race, creed, or
national origin. A maximum of twenty applicants will be accepted. For non-local
participants, the Center will (1) reimburse the cost of direct travel to and
from the participant’s home institution and Washington, DC, up to but not
exceeding the amount of $500.; and (2) defray the cost of lodging for the
duration of the course. Incidental, meal, and book expenses must be defrayed by
the candidates or their respective institutions.
All participants must attend the entire seminar.
Applications must be postmarked, emailed, or faxed no later than Monday,
March 15, 2010 and sent to: Victoria Barnett, University Programs, Center for
Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul
Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024-2150 (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax: 202-479-9726).
For questions, contact Victoria Barnett at 202-488-0469 or email@example.com.
All applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process by Monday, April 5, 2010.
This seminar is made possible by the Hoffberger Family Fund and by Joseph A. and
Janeal Cannon and Family.
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