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