The human catastrophe of genocide scarred the 20th century world and continues to open new and old wounds in the 21st. However, it remains strikingly understudied in K-12 curricula. Our mission is to enhance education, cultural production and public memory about the incidence of genocide—past and present—through professional development for educators, arts and cultural events, and interdisciplinary symposia.
“There are only a few programs I have participated in which I can say that I have memories that I will never forget. It is hard to describe the emotion of looking into the eyes and hearing the voices of those who survived the horrors of the holocaust. Now I can say and really mean, never forget.”
– Justin Freedman, 2014 Spector/Warren Fellow
Teaching about the Holocaust provides the opportunity to examine the basic moral issue of what it means to be a responsible citizen in a democratic society. Studying the Holocaust brings understanding to the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping, and the value of encouraging tolerance and diversity in society.
The program takes place each year at a six-day intensive institute at the Holocaust Museum Houston in Houston, Texas. Lectures by and discussions with nationally recognized Holocaust scholars will provide the historical and pedagogical context for understanding the Holocaust and its implications for contemporary society. Conversations with Holocaust survivors provide opportunities to appreciate the personal context of the Holocaust. Follow-up seminars are also held during the spring semester with Syracuse University faculty. Spector/Warren Fellows leave the program with:
The Spector/Warren Fellowship is open to undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in education, counseling, or student affairs. The Fellowships will be limited to twenty participants. Fellowship funding covers all expenses including round-trip transportation to Houston, housing, meals, special events, and all classroom materials.
The Warren and Spector families established the Fellowship for Future Educators to honor Naomi Warren, by preparing future teachers with approaches for bringing Holocaust education into the classroom. Naomi Warren overcame her own personal tragedy to become a symbol of perseverance, determination and success. Born in Eastern Poland, she survived three concentration camps during the Holocaust. Her first husband, Alexander Rosenbaum, died in Auschwitz in 1942, but Naomi survived the war and immigrated to the United States in 1946. She married Holocaust survivor Martin Warren, and together the couple raised a family and established a successful import company. After her husband’s death, she continued to run the business until her retirement in 2002.