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


Registration and Lodging Information

There are two tracks available to registrants. The 3-day track is primarily for secondary educators and includes instructional content as well as speakers on the third day. The 5-day intensive track is primarily for academic researchers and includes instructional content in the first part of the week with additional informational and hands-on content in the later part of the week. Anyone is welcome to register for either track. 

Cost for 3-day track: Registration is $75. Optional lodging is available for $30 a night at the First Street Residential Hall. Total cost for registration for this track and 2 nights of lodging will be $135.

Cost for 5-day track: Registration is $100. Optional lodging is available for $30 a night at the First Street Residential Hall. Total cost for registration of this track and 4 nights of lodging will be $220.

Scholarships are available for registration costs. Please indicate your interest for scholarship consideration in your registration form. 

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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 then was 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 was in the news as the Holocaust researcher who discovered  a survivor memoir titled Angel at the Fence – soon to be a blockbuster movie – was actually a Holocaust memoir fraud. He is the Michigan researcher who discovered the young man who rescued Israel Meir Lau (Lulek) in Buchenwald. He also served as historical consultant to Big Foot Productions in New York in the creation of an award-winning documentary film, Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald about the children's block at Buchenwald and the rescue of children and youths inside a concentration camp. He is completing a book on the rescue of children at Buchenwald.


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.


Dauda Abubakar, Ph.D

Dauda Abubakar received his Ph.D from the Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prior to joining the Departments of Africana Studies and Political Science at UM-Flint, he taught at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria; and was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Ohio University-Athens, where he taught courses in the fields of International Relations, Comparative Politics and African Studies. In 2001, Dr. Abubakar participated as a Ford Foundation Scholar’s Exchange Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India. He has published numerous scholarly articles in peer reviewed journals and contributed chapters in edited books. His research agenda interrogates the nexus of identity politics, citizenship rights and the challenges of democratization in the global south, particularly post-colonial Africa. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled “Identity Politics, Citizenship and the Crisis of the African State.”  His professional affiliations include membership in the American Political Science Association, African Studies Association and the International Studies Association where he made several conference presentations and chaired panels.


Special thanks to Joel Tomas Citron and Ulrika E. Citron who generously provided scholarship support so that participants, who might not otherwise have been able to attend, will be able to do so. Their generosity guarantees that educators will be able to keep the memories of these survivors alive for future generations.