Category Archives: Announcements

Drawing On History: Interpreting Graphic Texts In Holocaust And Human Rights Education Charlotte, North Carolina

The Olga Lengyel Institute For Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI) 2019 Charlotte, North Carolina TOLI Summer Satellite Seminar has begun. Taking place from July 7- July 13, this seminar brings together teachers from across the Carolinas who are looking to deepen their practice of teaching the Holocaust and/or other genocides. The seminar focuses on graphic […continue]

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2019 New York City Summer Seminar

On a warm Sunday evening in June, 26 teachers from across the country gathered at the Olga Lengyel Institute for the first time.  TOLI’s 2019 summer seminar began with a short reception—an opportunity to create connections that would be built upon over the next 11 days.  During this time the teachers shared their identities, forged […continue]

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Sara Mostysser, A “Succeeder” Not Only A Survivor

Benefactor of Poland Seminar Describes her life as “Miracle” The story of Sara Mostysser, who lost her parents, sister, grandparents and other relatives during the Holocaust and went on, together with her late husband, Harry, to create a large family and successful business in the US, is not one of survival.  It’s too minimal a […continue]

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Poland Seminar: From Warsaw To Krakow And Auschwitz

32 Teachers heard testimony from Holocaust survivors, Confronting anti-Semitism   The second annual Poland seminar opened in Warsaw, hosted by the Museum of the History of Poland’s Jews (TOLI partner), and continued to Krakow, from where participants visited Auschwitz and concluded with the Jewish heritage festival.  Thirty-two teachers from throughout Poland attended the program, along […continue]

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Announcing 2019 TOLI Seminars

In 2019 TOLI has scheduled seminars in ten U.S. cities and eight European countries. In addition, TOLI’s flagship New York City seminar will be held June 16-27th. Teachers will be receiving professional training by TOLI, focusing on the Holocaust and its lessons for today. United States: Salisbury, Maryland – POSTPONED until 2020 Amherst, Massachusetts – July 15-20 […continue]

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The Memorial Library Conducts a First Comprehensive Assessment of Its Nationwide Seminars

Every year, the Memorial Library surveys participants at the conclusion of the Summer Seminar, asking them to evaluate their experience through a personal and a professional lens. But for the first time in its history, the Library has conducted a comprehensive assessment of all of its nationwide seminars since their inception. The timing was right. […continue]

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Memorial Library Educators Present at 2014 NWP Annual Meeting in Maryland

The Memorial Library convened a session entitled “The Role of Inquiry in Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide” at the November 2014 National Writing Project (NWP) Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland.  Attendees were all teachers of the Holocaust, both new educators seeking exposure to key methodologies and veteran professionals eager to learn about cutting-edge […continue]

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On May 7th, 2014 in Los Angeles, Memorial Library teachers Michelle Sadrena Clark and Corey Harbaugh were both publicly acknowledged by President Obama. Michelle spoke at a USC Shoah Foundation gala where President Obama received an Ambassador for Humanity award. Corey was featured in a video at the event attended by approximately 1300 people including […continue]

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Memorial Library Teachers present at 2013 Urban Sites Network Conference in Birmingham

At the 2013 Urban Sites Network Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, “Writers of Social Justice: How One Pen Can Change the World” (April 25-27), past participants Paige Cole (’09), Lisa Hall (’09) of Georgia and Sandi Robertson (’11) of Tennessee presented their work in a panel entitled “Teaching about the Holocaust and Social Justice: Best Practices […continue]

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Radio Show: Reflections on the Memorial Library Summer Seminar in NYC

On February 14, 2013,The Memorial Library Summer Seminar was showcased on the National Writing Project’s Blog Talk Radio Show. Sondra Perl and Jennifer Lemberg were joined by by summer seminar participants Tai Basurto (2012), Carol Revelle (2011), and Melissa Flanagan (2007) to reflect on their experiences during the seminar and the ways in which they […continue]

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TOLI is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)