Looking Toward the Future: Bringing Lessons of the Holocaust to the Gulf South

Date: June 14-18, 2021
Location: Louisiana (In Person)

Looking Toward the Future is a seminar for educators at all levels desiring to deepen their understanding of the Holocaust. Through this investigative seminar, attendees will be challenged to think about ways to promote human rights and social justice in their classrooms. The inquiry-driven seminar uses writing to explore difficult topics with our students. Using local history, testimony from Holocaust survivors, field trips, and models from experienced educators, we will encourage critical thinking as we design curriculum and work to learn the best teaching practices for sharing the lessons of the Holocaust with young people today.

Field trips include a visit to a local synagogue, The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, and The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience.

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Please contact our Satellite Seminar coordinator, Wendy Zagray Warren, at wwarren@tolinstitute.org for more information.




  • Penny Kinchen

    Penny Kinchen is the English department chairman at Central Private School in Central, Louisiana. She has taught junior high English grammar, composition, and literature for 19 years. She began teaching Holocaust studies in 2013 in her literature class where she became immersed in expanding her knowledge about the Holocaust. In 2016, she attended the TOLI summer seminar in New York City which solidified her commitment to teaching about social justice using the lens of the Holocaust. Since then, she has attended the Holocaust Education Network Leadership Conference in 2017, a TOLI satellite seminar in Jackson, Mississippi in 2018, and the Belfer Conference for educators at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, in 2018. She is also a graduate of the National Writing Project at LSU in 2015.

  • Jerrilynn Miller

    Jerrilynn Miller is an 18-year teacher at Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School in Beaumont, Texas. She began teaching the Holocaust in 2004 and attended the Belfer Conference at the USHMM in 2009 as well as the Kaplan Institute at Holocaust Museum Houston. She first visited Europe in 2013 with the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teacher program. In 2014 she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education at Georgetown University. In 2015 she became an Alfred Lerner Fellow through the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, and then traveled to Europe a second time with the JFR’s European study program. In 2016, she attended the TOLI summer seminar in New York, Echoes and Reflections Advanced training at Yad Vashem, Bearing Witness (a Holocaust education program for Catholic school educators), as well as classwork towards an advanced degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. She is a 2018-2019 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow. In her travels, she has visited numerous sites associated with the Holocaust such as concentration camps, killing centers, the Anne Frank house, and museums throughout Europe.


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