Lessons from the Past: Understanding the Holocaust and Human Rights

Date: July 30-Aug 3, 2024
Location: Portland, Oregon

This intensive professional development seminar, offered by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), provides educators with the opportunity to expand their awareness and understanding of the Holocaust and other historic and contemporary examples of antisemitism as well as other human rights violations including anti-Asian policy and sentiment and the impact of federal policy on indigenous groups. The seminar provides experiences to help educators gain knowledge about Jewish history and culture as well as contemporary Jewish experience. Participants will explore ways to integrate instruction on racial and ethnic discrimination, especially within the context of Asian and American Indian peoples, and they will learn ways to address Oregon’s Holocaust and Genocide, Tribal History/Shared History, and Ethnic Studies mandates. This content also supports teachers nationwide as we evaluate history, looking closely at world-changing decisions made at key moments in time. Participants will collaborate to develop classroom strategies to help students understand how the past affects the present, find their voice in speaking out for social justice, and envision the wide-reaching impact of their future choices.

Further details:

  • Books and materials provided
  • Meals: Breakfasts, lunches, and one dinner provided
  • Field experiences: Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Congregation Beth Israel
  • Out-of-town participants: Housing provided for first 5 confirmed

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Click here to apply for the 2024 Oregon seminar.

Thank you to the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation for its generous support of our 2024 Oregon Seminar.



    Carrie McCallum is an English/Language Arts teacher at St. Helens High School in St. Helens, Oregon. She holds a master’s degree in teaching from Southern Oregon University, as well as a master’s certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Georgetown University’s Program for Jewish Civilization. Carrie has taught the Holocaust since 2003, adding an elective on Holocaust and Genocide Literature in 2011. An Alfred Lerner fellow, a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow, and a Cohen Center fellow, she has also attended multiple Holocaust education programs, including the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers Program, the Jan Karski Institute, and the Rafael Schachter Institute. Carrie attended TOLI’s New York City Summer Seminar in 2009.


    Jeremy began his teaching career in 2006 and since then has worked with various marginalized populations in schools.  He began teaching at a small alternative school for students in drug and alcohol treatment, while also coordinating the district credit recovery program in St. Helens.  He also worked with incarcerated youth and those entering foster care in Hillsboro School District.  Jeremy spent many years as a short and long-term substitute, working primarily in schools and positions that were difficult to find full-time staff for, especially in Portland Public Schools.  Jeremy earned his BA in History and philosophy from the University of Oregon and his Masters degree from Lewis & Clark College in Secondary Social Studies.  Jeremy has worked to create and implement curriculum for Tribal History/Shared History in advance of the mandate implementation in Oregon.  Jeremy attended the TOLI satellite seminar in Portland, OR in 2019.  Jeremy is currently working as a math teacher at St. Helens High School in St. Helens, Oregon.


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

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