The Holocaust, Human Rights, and the Role of Education

Date: August 6-12, 2023
Location: Salisbury, Maryland

Applications for the 2023 seminar are now open!

The Holocaust, Human Rights, and the Role of Education welcomes educators each summer to study the Holocaust and genocide in the context of local civil rights and social justice issues. Participants work together to expand their awareness of the Holocaust, other genocides, and human rights within the context of contemporary civil rights and social justice issues. This inquiry-based seminar encourages educators to incorporate themes of human resiliency and social action in their classrooms. Through site visits, collaborative workshops and lectures by experts, participants will explore new ways to engage students in the study of the Holocaust and human rights, with a particular emphasis on the Mid-Atlantic. 

Educators from any discipline are invited to participate in the competitive application process. They may apply as individuals or as team members, and may represent public, private, or charter schools, or other educational institutions like museums. Thanks to the sponsorship of The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), the seminar – including all books and materials, access to workshops, field trips, and evening events – is free to participants. Most breakfasts and lunches are also provided and extremely low-cost housing options will be available on the Salisbury University campus.

Further Details: 

  • Books, materials, and entrance fees provided
  • Meals: Breakfasts and Lunches provided
  • Professional development credit: 51 CPD clock hours (no cost) or 4 graduate credits available Salisbury University tuition costs
  • Field experiences: U S Holocaust Memorial Museum, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Historic Park
  • Out-of-town participants: Low cost on-campus housing; 5 housing scholarships available

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  • Alexander Pope

    Alexander “Sandy” Pope is an associate professor of education at Salisbury University. He teaches courses in undergraduate social studies methods, graduate research methods, doctoral diversity education, and civic engagement. Sandy completed his master’s degree in History and in Curriculum & Instruction at Texas State San Marcos and his doctorate in Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research investigates, among other things, how students and teachers are active in their communities. The role that social justice plays in student and teacher action forms the basis for most of his teaching and scholarship on Holocaust education.

    He co-edited Becoming a Holocaust Educator: Purposeful Pedagogy through Inquiry with Jennifer Lemberg, TOLI’s Associate Director.

    Sandy was an Olga Lengyel Institute Fellow in 2014 and a leadership fellow in 2016. He attended the 2014 Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educators summer fellows program at the USHMM. Sandy also serves as the Director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Salisbury University.


  • Julia Berg

    Julia Berg is a middle school social studies teacher in Salisbury, Maryland.  She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from Gettysburg College in 2005 and her master’s degree in English Literature from Chapman University in 2008.  Julia is an alumnus of the 2017 Maryland Holocaust Educator’s Network Summer Institute.  As an English teacher in Baltimore City, Julia taught 7th and 8th graders about the Holocaust and other human rights issues, and continues to infuse human rights topics into the middle school history curriculum.  She presented on social justice and the Holocaust at the National Council for Social Studies annual conference in 2019.  Julia is also the co-advisor for the Bennett Middle School chapter of Girls Learn International, an organization dedicated to advancing human rights and gender equality worldwide.


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)