Category Archives: TOLI News

The New York City Summer Seminar Celebrates Its 10th Year

The Memorial Library held its 10th annual New York City Summer Seminar, a landmark achievement in its ongoing – and expanding – effort to widen the horizon for seasoned educators who teach about the Holocaust and other genocides. The seminar, which serves as the cornerstone of the Library’s educational program, hosted a cadre of 24 […continue]

Read More

The Memorial Library’s Satellite Seminar Network Expands Its National Reach

  Last summer, the Memorial Library expanded its national reach by adding three new Satellite Seminar locations to its network: Massachusetts, Maryland, and Long Island, New York. The Library sponsored a total of 11 Satellite Seminars, including 8 established programs, led by teacher-leaders – all alumni of past New York City Summer Seminars – in […continue]

Read More

The Memorial Library Expands Its European Program, Launching Its First-Ever Summer Seminar in Bulgaria

In 2012, the Memorial Library expanded its efforts into Europe after identifying the critical need to train Holocaust educators in Romania. Partnering with the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, the Library has since offered summer seminars for school superintendents, teachers, researchers, and doctoral candidates from across the country. […continue]

Read More

Lisa Muller Shares Her Mission to Study the Holocaust in Indiana

Lisa Muller, a participant in the Memorial Library’s 2011 New York Summer Seminar, always knew she would become a teacher.  Though a few detours delayed her career after college, she found herself back in the classroom when the principal of Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana asked her to substitute one day as a favor. […continue]

Read More

Teaching the Lessons of the Holocaust: An Outreach Program in Sugar Land

On February 11, 2015, Clements High School, the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League, and the Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) collaborated with Michael Madden in presenting his annual community outreach program, which explores the pains of prejudice through the lessons of the Holocaust. Over the past 13 years, more than 15,000 community members and students […continue]

Read More

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]

Read More

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]

Read More


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]

Read More


On April 16th, 2014, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in Boise, Idaho announced the winners of their first annual Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest. Hundreds of students throughout the state submitted essays, but only six students received certificates of appreciation and awards ranging from $50 to $100. Five of the award recipients attend the Anser […continue]

Read More


On June 22 – 27, 2013, experienced educators from California, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Texas participated in advanced training designed to help them launch Satellite Seminars in their home states. The program, held off-site at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, included workshops with Sheridan Blau, Distinguished Senior Lecturer […continue]

Read More


For more information about The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI), please contact

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