Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education

Schedule for the 2013 Powell-Heller Conference in Holocaust Education

All conference activities will take place in the Loren and MaryAnn Anderson University Center unless otherwise indicated.Check-in location is adjacent to Chris Knutzen Hall.

The Powell-Heller Conference is provided free of charge; meals are not included. Continuing education credit for teachers are considered add-ons and available for a minimal fee. Continuing education credits or semester credit options are available at a nominal cost. Registration begins in January and will remain open until the day of the conference.

This year's conference includes two tracks. On Friday March 15, one is designed for scholars, teachers, community members and college students with a specific emphasis for those who wish to explore how to teach the lessons of the Holocaust. The second track is designed specifically for high school students.  Full participation is required for high school students who sign up and pre-registration is necessary, as lunch is included for high school students who join the conference.

A community art project designed in cooperation between PLU art department and the Tacoma Art Museum will be created throughout the conference. The final piece will be installed and presented on Saturday, March 16, at Tacoma Art Museum.  See schedule for more information.  Announcements will be made regarding the community art piece during the welcome and orientation each day.


Wednesday, March 13

6:30 p.m. "Defiance" Movie and Discussion with Sharon Rennert

Thursday, March 14

1:15 p.m. Registration

Tacoma Art Museum: Community Art Table Opens at PLU

1:45 p.m.  Welcome, Orientation and Holocaust survivor talk.

3:20 p.m. Break

3:40 p.m. Art & the Holocaust: Understanding Aesthetic Experience as Empowerment

Professor Heather Mathews will look at what role the experience of art play in our understanding of the Holocaust. In this session, we examine artworks as tools of empowerment, from the point of view of both the victim and the descendants of the perpetrators. We look first at paintings and objects made post-war to address the issue of German guilt, and end with a presentation by faculty from the Music Department of Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time." This event is held in conjunction with PLU's School of Arts and Communication (SOAC) FOCUS Series: Empowerment. Performers include Svend Ronning, violin; Craig Rine, clarinet; Richard Treat, cello; Cameron Bennett, piano.

5:25 p.m.: Break

High School and College Leadership Dinner and Discussion with Sharon Rennert

7:30 p.m. Raphael Lemkin Awards Presentation and Lecture by Deborah Lipstadt

Dessert Reception – Chris Knutzen Hall

Friday, March 15

8:30 a.m. -9 a.m. Registration

Tacoma Art Museum: Community Art Table Opens at PLU

8:45 a.m.: Welcome and Orientation.  Film with Discussion, presented by Sharon Rennert

10:30 a.m. -11 a.m. – Chapel

Dr. Frank Kline, Dean, School of Education and Movement Studies: "Experiences at Kaminets Poldolski"

11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Dual Track Begins**

Teachers/College Students/General Public

*Pre-registration is requested. A dining guide will be available in the program. All attendees are encouraged to read a community piece which will be announced in January. Books for the conference are available for pre-purchase at the Garfield Book Company located near PLU on Garfield Street. A list of books which will be referenced will be posted in January with registration and information on our Facebook page.

11:05-12:30 p.m. – Teaching with Lessons of the Holocaust , Ilana Cone Kennedy, WSHERC Education Director

12:30-1:45 p.m.  Lunch Break

Research and Recipes: A pre fixed meal

This limited space meal will include traditional Jewish dishes.  Some of which are recipes saved in the memories of Holocaust victims as detailed in Cara de Silva's book In Memory's Kitchen. Full menu will be posted with registration in January.  Watch our Facebook page for more information as well. $15 per person; 100 tickets available
1:45-3:45 p.m.  –   Literature and Journalism:  Empowerment of a Culture

Cara de Silva, author In Memory's Kitchen and Rona Kaufman, PLU Professor and Researcher, Jewish Cooking and Recipes

11 am to 4 pm: High School Student Curriculum

Students will participate in each of two sessions, exploring differences between and importance of the terms defiance and empowerment. Students attending will gain a better understanding of and practical applications for personal responsibility Learn what it means to "identify wrongs"  and gain skills toward being an "up-stander" Pre-registration required.

11:05 am to 11:45 am - Break out Sessions

    Group 1: Ms. McGoldrick: Defiance
    Group 2: Mr. Coddington: Empowerment

11:50 am to 12:30 pm Break out Sessions

    Group 1: Mr Coddington: Empowerment
    Group 2: Ms. McGoldrick: Defiance

12:30 pm -2 pm Holocaust Survivor Talk: Suzie Sherman

(A boxed lunch will be provided for students)

2:15 pm - 3 pm - My Space in My World: Becoming Green Dot

All Groups Reunite

3 pm - 3:45 pm - Campus Tour: Navigating the four-year college road - Dave Gunovich, Dean of Admission and Student Recruitment

Tacoma Art Museum: Community Art Table open, final pieces collected at 4:00 p.m.

4 pm - Voices of Mutuality Around Community Engagement

Joel Zylstra, director for the Center for Community Engagement at PLU, will discuss respect and understanding and how it stems from encountering others in intentional and meaningful ways. What started as a small PLU tutoring program with local middle school students turned into a real relationship where one couldn't distinguish the teacher from the learner or the giver from the receiver. Join us as we hear from a local middle school student, a college tutor and a teacher on what empowerment looks like when we work not to or for but with our community.

5 p.m. – Closing Remarks, Survey and Educator-Journal Completion for Students

Saturday, March 16

All Saturday events will be held at Tacoma Art Museum