July 13-17, 2015

This workshop is geared toward high school and college teachers of global history, as well as graduate students in history, anthropology, education, literature, and other humanities disciplines.


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Workshop Objectives

Participants will learn information literacy and critical skills to aid in teaching and conducting research utilizing online testimonies of those directly involved in the Holocaust and the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. 

Learning outcomes will include:

  • Understanding the use of digital testimonies in teaching and research.
  • Comprehension of testimonies as constructed dialogic "retellings".
  • Skill in utilizing IWitness.usc.edu, developed by USC Shoah Foundation, for teaching survivor testimony in secondary classroom settings.
  • Skill in accessing full Holocaust and Rwanda testimonies via UM-Flint's link to USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive



Karen Jungblut- Associate Director for Research and Documentation, USC Shoah Foundation

Henry Greenspan-Professor of Psychology, Residential College, University of Michigan, author of On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony

Marie-Jolie Rwigema, Ph.D candidate in social work, University of Toronto, involved with the film Rwandan Genocide as Told by it's Historian Survivors

Sollange Umwali- Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, Toronto, involved with the film Rwandan Genocide as Told by its Historian Survivors

Laura Apol- Associate Professor of Teacher Education, Michigan State University, writing workshop project with child survivors in Rwanda; poet, Requiem Rwanda (forthcoming)

Irene Butter- Holocaust survivor and Professor Emerita of the School of Public Health, University of Michigan



Kenneth Waltzer, Ph.D

Dr. Waltzer attended SUNY Binghamton's Harpur College and was a Graduate Prize Fellow and earned a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University.  He joined MSU in 1971 where he helped build the highly reputed James Madison College, and where he also later served as Dean and Associate Dean.  Dr. Waltzer also served as Director of General Education in the arts and humanities at MSU and is currently Director of Jewish Studies.  He received a State of Michigan Teaching Excellence Award in 1990 and an Alumni Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award in 1998.    

Dr. Waltzer has a fascinating background. He began his social history research in American urban and immigration history.  His American Identity Explorer:  Immigration and Migration CD-ROM [with Kathleen Geissler] (McGraw-Hill, 1999, 2001) follows seven migrating groups through four portals to America into immigrant and migrant neighborhoods in six American cities during the Ellis Island era and assesses comparative experiences, American responses, and more.

In more recent years, Dr. Waltzer has been in the news as the Holocaust researcher who discovered that a survivor memoir titled Angel at the Fence – soon to be a blockbuster movie – was a Holocaust memoir fraud.  He is also currently consultant to Big Foot Productions in New York, who released a film titled Kinderblock 66 about the a children's block at Buchenwald and the rescue of children and youths inside a concentration camp.


Theodosia (Teddy) Robertson, Ph.D

Dr. Robertson joined the faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint in 1994 after completing her doctoral work at Indiana University. She is a Slavist specializing in Polish literature and culture (PhD, 1985) with an undergraduate degree in History. Her research interests include Polish drama, the writer Bruno Schulz, Jewish life in Poland, and Galicia under Austrian rule. In the Department of History at U of M-Flint she has been able to develop courses that utilize her knowledge in several disciplines and that engage students in the areas that fascinate her.