14 2022

Learning from the past: Holocaust education and its impact on antisemitism

2:00PM - 4:00PM  

In-person lecture | Senate Chamber, Arts & Convocation Hall, University of Alberta

Intolerance and anti-Semitism have not died out in the world, and current numbers of anti-semitic incidents are worrying. For some, teaching the Holocaust is about nothing less than learning from history and to prevent genocides. Holocaust Education mostly takes place in state schools, since they serve as society´s central location for memory and learning. But are Albertan teachers and educators prepared enough to carry the burden?

Speaker: Melanie Carina Schmoll, Phd, is research fellow at Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research, Bar Ilan University, Israel, editor and author. She is a Historian and Political Scientist. Dr. Schmoll received her doctorate from the University of Hamburg, Germany. She holds a MA ́s and BA ́s degree in the fields of Political Science, History and Philosophy. Her main research focuses on Israel, specifically security issues and Holocaust Education. Dr. Schmoll speaks frequently in the US, Canada and Israel. Over the course of her career, she held the position as lecturer at the University of Hamburg and the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg, Germany and Adjunct Associate Professor at Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada. She recently finished studies on Holocaust Education in Israel, Canada and Germany. Her talks cover topics like: antisemitism, Holocaust Education, education policy and tools as well as aspects of remembrance and memory. Dr. Schmoll develops educational material for teachers and educators on various topics. She works as an author, editor, advisor, expert and reviewer on school textbooks, online learning platforms and encyclopedias.