Virtual Speakers Bureau
HEFNU's Virtual Speakers Bureau connects college and university professors who teach virtual or hybrid classes on the Holocaust with Holocaust scholars. The Virtual Speakers Bureau features scholars from an array of disciplines and from around the globe. Speakers will prepare a tailor-made lecture or classroom session in their area of expertise. The focus is on effective classroom engagement and learning.
Interested professors should contact potential speakers directly. We leave it to classroom professors and their invited speakers to discuss the visit: the goals of the course and how the speaker can enhance student learning.
HEFNU recommends an honorarium of $250 to recognize the time and effort of the “visiting” scholar.
Hosting professors may apply for a need-based Honorarium Grant by sending the following items at least two weeks before the event, to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1) Lecture title, visiting professor, and date; 2) your name and insitutional affiliation; 3) a statement of need; and 4) "evidence" of need (eg, letter from chair or dean)
The Dynamics of Decency: Why Righteous Gentiles Rescued Jews; Hollywood and the Holocaust: From Appeasement to Anti-Nazism, 1933–1945; Not in Kansas Anymore: Holocaust Movies for Children; Serious Humor: Holocaust Comedy Films; Statuettes of Limitations: The Oscars and the Holocaust, 1945-1960.
The Accidental Holocaust Novelist; Ghosts of Auschwitz: hidden stories of my grandfather's past; Overlapping Triangles & Common Graves: Integrating non-Jewish victims of Nazism; Choose-Your-Own Holocaust WebQuest: careful gamification of Holocaust pedagogies; Holocaust Analogies: Exploring the limits and necessities of ‘Never Again.'
Post-World War II American Jews and the Holocaust; America, American Jews, and the Unfolding Crisis in Germany, 1933-1939.
Any aspect of Primo Levi: conceptualizations of the Gray Zone, Holocaust Shame; Holocaust Literature and Trauma Theory, from testimony to science fiction; Jean Améry-Forgiveness after Auschwitz?; Mothers and Daughters in Italian Holocaust Writing.
Geographies of the Holocaust; Digital Humanities and the Holocaust: GIS and mapping; Digital Humanities and the Holocaust: Corpus linguistics and testimonies; The Holocaust in Italy; Place, space, scale and the Holocaust.
Listening to Survivors: Beyond Testimony; Playwriting and the Holocaust; Teaching the Holocaust: Innovations in Practice.
Emmanuel Kahan, National University of La Plata, Sociology, Cultural Diversity
Holocaust Memory on Marginal Sites; The Latin American case; Global, Transnational, National and Local environments; Uses of the past: Historia, Memory, Distortion and Denial. Lectures given in SPANISH.
Gender and the Holocaust; Jewish life in Nazi Germany; Refugees from the Holocaust who flooded into Portugal between 1940 and 1943.
The Holocaust in the Soviet Union; The Holocaust in Ukraine; Babi Yar Massacre and its Commemoration; In the Shadow of Babi Yar: Betrayal and Rescue of Jews in Kiev; Commemoration and Memorialization of the Holocaust in Modern Ukraine.
Memory and Family History in Post-War Germany; Hiding in Plain View: The Holocaust and Masculinities; The Rise of Antisemitism and Nazi Propaganda; Unsettling Empathy: Working With Groups in Conflict; The Arts as Mediator: Trauma, Art, and Dialogue.
Alexandra Lohse, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, German History
Nazi Camp Universe. (Donations accepted to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in lieu of honorarium.)
George Mastroianni, U.S. Air Force Academy/Pennsylvania State University, World Campus, Psychology, Emeritus
Social-psychological explanations of perpetrator behavior; Psychology of memory as it pertains to testimony; Clinical perspectives on National Socialism and its varying effects on adults and youth. Questions of normalcy and psychopathology in Germany during the Nazi era.
Jürgen Matthäus, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, History
German agency and the Europe-wide Holocaust project; Nazi antisemitism-ideology and practice; German WWII photo-albums-violence and images of “the East”; Jewish perceptions of the “Final Solution;” Ideological indoctrination in the SS- and police corps. In lieu of honorarium, you may donate to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum at ushmm.org.
Joanna Michlic, University College London,Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
What We Do Not Talk About: Jewish Survivors and their Polish Rescuers; Polish National Identity, Antisemitism, and Holocaust Memorialization in the Third Decade after the End of Communism; Ego Documents-an Important Source in Uncovering the History of Rescue; Child Holocaust Survivors and their Families; Rebuilding Shattered Lives: Jewish Children in Early Postwar Poland.
Moral Dilemmas in the Holocaust (“Grey Zone”); Propaganda (Verbal and Visual); Rescuers in the Holocaust and other Genocides. Holocaust Museums (Design, Content, Challenges).
“Facing” the Holocaust: Portraiture Made in Extremis; Art from the Internment Camps, Ghettos and Concentration Camps; Time and Time: Holocaust Reenactments; Lost and Found: Using Found Footage in Holocaust Commemoration; Exhibiting the Holocaust in the Immediate Postwar Period (1944-50): Histories, Practices and Politics.
To Capture the Fire: The Life and Works of Elie Wiesel; Literary Responses to the Holocaust; The History and Meaning of Interviewing Holocaust Survivors; Keeping Time Sacred, Making Time Holy: The Holocaust’s Jewish Calendars; Out of the Depths: Religious Jewish Life and Practice During and After the Holocaust.
What insights do Holocaust scholars/survivors-Primo Levi and Charlotte Delbo, Raul Hilberg and Sarah Kofman, Elie Wiesel and Jean Améry-offer today? Why do we study the Holocaust in a world wracked by antisemitism, immigration and refugee crises, human rights abuses, environmental degradation, and the COVID-19 pandemic? What happened to ethics during and after the Holocaust? What have we learned from the Holocaust? How do we understand the Holocaust if at the end of the day, the void, the abyss, nothingness (call it what you will) consume and prevail?
Beyond Schindler: The Jews of the Krakow Ghetto; Food and Hunger in Ghettos; Gender and the Holocaust; Victim Experience in the ghettos; Rabbinical response and the Holocaust.
European Jewish History on the Eve of the Nazi Holocaust; US Response to the Nazi Holocaust; Modern Yiddish Culture; Reception of Nazi Holocaust in post-war USA.
Holocaust fiction in the twenty-first century; Is it 'barbaric' to write poetry after Auschwitz?; The genre of Holocaust testimony: Primo Levi, Art Spiegelman and beyond; Holocaust documentary and fiction film: from Claude Lanzmann to JoJo Rabbit.