Summer Seminar



For Educators, Librarians and Lifelong Learners Relevant Lessons of the Holocaust and Human Rights

During the week of July 7th – 11th, 2014, the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) will be offering a Holocaust and Human Rights Summer Seminar for K-12 educators, librarians and lifelong learners at the Klahr Center on the campus of UMA.

Teachers collaborate

Teachers collaborate on curriculum in Summer Seminar 2009

The Summer Seminar program is a combination of Holocaust and human rights content, pedagogy and exposure to local Maine resources available to educators. The Summer Seminar aims to provide educators with historical context as well as practical classroom application and support from such participating organizations as the HHRC, the Maine Attorney General’s Office and the Maine Humanities Council. The program is geared toward educators, librarians and others who teach or hope to teach about Human Rights or the Holocaust. Past participants are encouraged and welcomed to enroll.

The program co-facilitators are Elizabeth Helitzer, Executive Director of the HHRC and David Greenham, Program Director of the HHRC, who is an adjunct professor of Drama at the University of Maine at Augusta. Elizabeth has performed and been the educational coordinator for several theaters throughout the United States. She has taught Holocaust workshops and guest taught theater and music workshops for over 10 years. Liz is an Alfred Lerner Fellow and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University. She began working at the HHRC in January of 2012 as an educator and office manager and was named Interim Executive Director in August of 2013. David spent 14 years as the Producing Artistic Director of the Theater at Monmouth, and has been a theater artist and arts administrator for more than 25 years. His first involvement in the HHRC was when he produced and acted in a professional production of The Diary of Anne Frank at the Michael Klahr Center in 2010. David is the chair of the RSU 38 School Board, and also serves on the boards of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and the Celebration Barn Theater. He worked as a consultant with the HHRC prior to joining the staff in the spring of 2013.

The schedule for the Summer Seminar includes training in two award-winning curriculums, Facing History and Ourselves; and Echoes and Reflections. Facing History and Ourselves is a worldwide organization that enables transformative dialogue, fosters empathy and reflection, and has been shown to improve students’ academic performance. Through rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust and other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in the Facing History class learn to choose knowledge over misinformation, compassion over prejudice or bullying, and participation over indifference or resignation. It’s active – rather than passive – learning. Echoes and Reflections is a program created by the Anti-Defamation League, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, and Yad Vashem in Israel. Each participant in the Summer Seminar program will receive the Echoes and Reflections study guide, which includes a wealth of information on teaching the Nazi Holocaust and its lessons for today.

During the week, teachers will meet with Holocaust survivors, Holocaust and human rights scholars and educators, and representatives from Maine organizations with resources for educators. Lecturers include Participating organizations include the Maine Humanities Council, the Maine Attorney General’s Office and the Maine Council for the Social Studies. Lecturers include: Brandon Baldwin, Reza Jalali, Kristie Littlefield, Kevin Michaud, Nick B. Mills, Dr. Abraham Peck, and Dr. Steven B. Rogers as well as Holocaust Survivors Charles Rotmil, Lou Shulman, Max Slabotsky and Ernie Weiss among others.

The seminar will be held at the Michael Klahr Center at the University of Maine at Augusta and will run Monday through Thursday from 9 AM – 4PM and Friday from 9 AM – 1 PM. Thursday evening the HHRC will host a group dinner. Registration Deadline is June 16, 2014.

Summer Seminar is offered to K-12 educators and school librarians.
Enrollment is limited to 40. Cost: $100 with completed registration form.
Up to 25 contact hours are available.

Stipends are available for participants living 80 miles or further outside of Augusta. For more information contact Elizabeth Helitzer at

For information and registration materials, contact HHRC
207.621.3530 |