Training on Teaching about the Holocaust Offered Free at CU

By Linda Waggener, assistant director of university communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The School of Education at Campbellsville University is offering free teacher training Saturday, May 3, at Hawkins Athletic Center, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the subject of “Teaching the Holocaust in Kentucky’s Schools.”

The fee-free program, limited to 100 participants, is designed specifically for Kentucky’s public middle school and high school teachers and is meant to enable them to gain awareness about teaching on the subject of the Holocaust. CU students and faculty also will have an opportunity to attend.

“Dr. Robert VanEst, associate professor of education, is due a thank-you for having done an excellent job working with the folks at the USCHM in pulling this together,” said John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, founder of the KHIPP program at CU. “This is an important service CU is providing to the area, especially since the law was introduced in the General Assembly encouraging such studies,” he said.

CU’s Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy (KHIPP) presented “Causes and Lessons of the Holocaust” with Victoria Barnett, staff director of church relations at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USCHM) in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 17. As a result, “Teaching the Holocaust in Kentucky’s Schools” will be held.

Presenters are Dr. David Lindquist, USHMM Regional Museum Educator, and Lolle Boettcher, USHMM Regional Museum Educator.

Topics listed in the plan include: Rationales for Teaching the Holocaust, Historical Overview of the Holocaust, Teaching Guidelines, Resources for Use in Researching and Teaching the Holocaust, Using Technology to Teach the Holocaust, Personalizing the Holocaust: Oral History / Survivor Testimony and Opportunities for Teacher Research and Study.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,405 students who represent 98 Kentucky counties, 25 states and 29 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and eighth in the South for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” CU has been ranked 15 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his ninth year as president.

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