Studying, Learning, and Teaching: Critical Lessons of Holocaust Education

Date: July 10-15, 2023
Location: Farmington Hills, Michigan

Applications for the 2023 seminar are now open!

This program is designed specifically for teachers from Michigan and elsewhere who want to deepen their content knowledge of the Holocaust and awareness of best practices in Holocaust education, meet the requirements and standards of high-quality Holocaust and genocide education, and help students and colleagues rise to the opportunities of these times we live in by examining history in the light of current events and local places, and inspiring movement towards the Informed Action that is the end goal of well-designed C3 curriculum and instruction.

Participants will experience the seminar as both students and teachers of the Holocaust and genocide. Using the professional development model of The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), they will master multiple strategies and acquire resources for classroom use, while also benefiting from the expertise of scholars in the field and speakers from esteemed partner organizations.

Further Details: 

  • Books, materials, and entrance fees provided
  • Meals: breakfasts at hotel; lunches and some dinners provided
  • Professional development credit: available through State of Michigan Continuing Education; graduate credit available through Western Michigan University–all costs and documentation responsibility of participants
  • Field experiences: Reuther Library, Wayne State University, Adat Shalom Synagogue
  • Out-of-town participants: Housing provided with breakfast included

Click here to apply!

Click here to view our 2023 flyer.

The 2023 Michigan Seminar is made possible in part by a grant from Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.




  • Corey Harbaugh

    Corey Harbaugh is the director of Curriculum and Instruction for Paw Paw Public Schools, Michigan. He is also a 2013 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow and a USC Shoah Foundation Master Teacher. His chapter on pedagogy is included in As the Witnesses Fall Silent: 21st Century Holocaust Education in Curriculum, Policy, and Practice. (UNESCO, 2015). Corey attended the TOLI New York City Summer Seminar in 2009 and participated in TOLI’s trip to Poland and Israel in 2012. In 2016, Corey was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education, and he and seminar Co-Director John Farris were primary content and pedagogy consultants for Michigan Holocaust and Genocide Education ( created after the passage of the Holocaust and Genocide Education mandate in Michigan.

  • John Farris

    John Farris is a Social Studies Training and Support Coordinator for the Detroit Public Schools Community District. Before joining DPSCD, John was an Education Specialist at the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, where he supported Michigan teachers with curriculum and training in Holocaust education. Prior to his work at the HMC, he spent ten years as a Social Studies teacher in grades 7-12. John is a 2015 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow. He participated in TOLI’s first-ever bi-national Holocaust education seminar in Innsbruck, Austria in 2016. John has a BS in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MA in the Teaching of History from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Corey Harbaugh and John Farris are the primary authors of the Michigan curriculum and educational content contributors that support the Michigan mandate on the website.  They both served as official or ex officio members of the Governor’s Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education, and they continue to advise the committee put together to sustain the work. They are currently training teachers across Michigan on the mandate. The Seminar will again have a session dedicated to carrying out the mandate in Michigan.


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)