Reclaiming Our Humanity: Lessons of the Holocaust for Today

Date: June 13 - 17, 2022
Location: Mississippi

The Mississippi seminar, Reclaiming Our Humanity, asks educators to consider these questions: What makes us human? What happens when our humanity is threatened?

In this writing and inquiry-based seminar, participants examine anti-Jewish laws and Jim Crow laws, make connections to human rights issues of today, and consider how to bring these difficult topics into the classroom using a pedagogy of hope. The seminar will invite participants to consider how music, art, and poetry are powerful forms of resistance. Connecting to the past can help our students gain insight into the present and consider how they might create an equitable future.

The seminar will include trips to historical Jewish and Civil Rights landmarks. Throughout the week, we will be joined by Jewish leaders and Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and actress Sharon Miles will present “A Visit With Fannie Lou Hamer.”


A valid credit card is required for a good faith deposit of $50. Your credit card will only be charged if you cancel less than 2 weeks before the seminar begins or withdraw without notice.

Please contact our Satellite Seminar coordinator, Wendy Zagray Warren, at for more information.


Image from Gus Waterman Herrman Holocaust Memorial Garden, Beth Israel Congregation, Jackson, MS


  • Tracei Willis

    Tracei Willis has taught in many parts of Mississippi over the past fifteen years. Tracei currently teaches in Starkville, Mississippi. Tracei has been teaching her students about the Holocaust since the beginning of her career in 2005, but her entire approach changed the summer of 2016 after she attended The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights in New York City. Tracei spoke about the change in her teaching methods as a keynote speaker during the plenary session of the National Writing Project convention in St. Louis in November of 2017.  Tracei also travelled to Austria in March 2018 to attend an international TOLI seminar and study alongside teachers from around the world.

  • Wendy Zagray Warren

    For over 25 years, Wendy Zagray Warren has facilitated learning opportunities for first graders through graduate students in Ohio, Wisconsin, Montana and Kentucky. She became involved with the National Writing Project in 2003, serving on local and national leadership teams. While teaching middle school, Wendy realized the importance of Holocaust education as vehicle for awakening empathy and allowing students to consider their own humanity. This and her growing commitment to Indian Education for All, a Montana educational mandate, drew her to the work of the Holocaust Educators Network in 2009. Since 2011, she has co-facilitated the Montana Satellite Seminar, Worlds Apart but Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All. In 2015, Wendy earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. She is honored to serve as Satellite Program Coordinator, working in community with the brilliant educators who facilitate Satellite Seminars around the nation.


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)