Howell to Participate in Salzburg Global Seminar

Professor of Religion David Howell will participate in the seminar June 21-26 in Salzburg, Austria.

Ferrum College Professor of Religion David HowellFERRUM, VA. (June 18, 2014) – Ferrum College is pleased to announce that Professor of Religion David Howell will attend the Salzburg Global Seminar "Symposium on Holocaust and Genocide Education: Sharing Experience Across Borders" from June 21-26 in Salzburg, Austria at Schloss Leopoldskron. During the symposium, educators, civil society leaders, museum directors, policy makers, public officials and others working in the field of Holocaust education and genocide prevention will examine the challenges and successes in the teaching and remembrance of the Holocaust and other genocides outside of North America and Europe. Howell’s participation is possible because of a Mellon Fellowship.

“One of the challenges of teaching about the Holocaust, and by extension other genocides, is finding ways for students to place themselves imaginatively in the history of the Holocaust. Questions about the ‘uniqueness and universality’ of the Holocaust reveal how deeply contextualized genocides are, and yet we study them so that the cry ‘Never again’ might become realized. We want to avoid ways of teaching that set up a competition of comparative suffering, but the study of genocide should allow students to see patterns from the past that can illumine the future,” Howell explained.

“I have been involved in Holocaust education for over twenty years now and have learned much from my Ferrum College colleagues in many programs across campus who help teach in the College's multi-disciplinary Holocaust course,” continued Howell. “The chance to go to Salzburg and participate in a seminar with educators and activists from around the globe about the Holocaust and genocide should be a particularly rich experience.”

As the third in Salzburg Global Seminar's Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention series, the symposium is supported by the Seminar’s partnerships with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Austrian Future Fund, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, and other donors.

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About Salzburg Global Seminar: As stated on its website, Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization based at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria with additional offices in Washington, DC, USA, Middlebury, VT, USA, London, UK and Vienna, Austria. The mission of Salzburg Global Seminar is to challenge current and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. To do this they design, facilitate and host international strategic convening and multi-year programs to tackle systems challenges critical for the next generation.