Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium

Next International ASU Summer Symposium on Film and Photography During and After the Holocaust To Be Held as a Hybrid Program in July 2022: Registration to Open on January 10

Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies will hold the 20th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposiumfrom July 23-28, 2022. Our 20th Anniversary Symposium will focus on Film and Photography During and After the Holocaust. The language of instruction is English. The symposium will take place in the form of a hybrid event. Pandemic conditions permitting, we will hold in-person programs on the ASU campus. In addition, we will include ZOOM programs and also make it possible for teacher-participants to join virtually and remotely. 

To register for the public symposium programs and get access to all programs and obtain CEUs, click here. To apply for a scholarship, please click here.  

The hybrid format will give us maximum flexibility to accommodate teacher-participants and the public. It will also enable us to connect to teachers, researchers and audiences in the High Country, US, Europe, Israel and elsewhere and Memorials and Centers abroad. Participating teachers will have the opportunity to learn from and converse with, among others, Prof Michael Berenbaum (American Jewish University), Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff (University of Miami), Sheryl Ochayon (Yad Vashem) and other accomplished Holocaust educators and scholars, also from the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. Dr. Racelle Weiman (Florida) will serve as the symposium's co-director.

This year's symposium will highlight the role of film and photography during and after the Holocaust and include specific sessions on "Nazi Propaganda and the Uses and Abuses of Film," "Photography and Nazi Propaganda," "The Nazi-Established Ghettos and Concentration Camps in Eastern Europe: Resistance and the Use of Photography in the Face of Extermination," "Indonesian Lullaby: Depicting Survival in the Netherlands in Film" and more.


Since 2002, the Center has organized and held the annual Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium “Remembering the Holocaust.”  Named for symposium benefactors, the late Doris and Martin Rosen, the symposium endeavors to provide teachers with the most current research on the Holocaust, racism, and anti-Semitism in tandem with teaching strategies and plans needed by every educator to tackle this urgent topic in an informed and successful manner in a classroom setting.  During this time, close to 700 educators from North Carolina, the U.S., Canada, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Croatia, and the Baltic states have attended the symposium.  In recent years, the Center has cooperated with the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Echoes and Reflections, and the William Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC. The symposium faculty comes from across the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa, and Europe.


In addition to educators, the symposium is also geared toward students and community members. It is free and many events are open to the public. Access information for those who wish to join the event remotely will be made available in late June/early July.

The purpose and goal of the Symposium is to provide public and private school teachers, university faculty, students, and community members information and insights about the victims, perpetrators, and consequences of the Nazi Holocaust.

The Symposium provides approximately 40 hours of lectures, workshops, discussions, films, and demonstrations. Teachers who complete all 40 hours receive four CEUs.

The symposium includes:

  • workshops

  • discussions

  • lectures by internationally recognized speakers

  • Nazi Holocaust survivor testimony

  • four continuing education credits for teachers


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