Advanced Summer Institute: Remembrance, Reconciliation, Restitution—Is There a Way to Right the Wrongs of the Past?

Date: June 14-16; Sept 16, Oct 21
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Applications for the 2023 New Mexico seminar will open in Winter 2023.

This seminar, conducted with the support of The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), is intended to reach educators from schools across the state who are looking for meaningful ways to teach the Holocaust and other events that reflect intolerance and persecution. Participants will learn about the history of the Holocaust from exemplary lessons presented by seminar leaders and lectures by specialists in the field. They will also have the opportunity to hear the first-person testimony of a Holocaust survivor and to visit the New Mexico Holocaust Museum and Geller Center for Education.

Toward the end of the seminar, the focus will turn to the diverse peoples of New Mexico, and teachers will explore questions related to the history of New Mexico and the importance of social justice. Throughout the five days, the program will focus on the development of meaningful lesson plans that enable teachers to meet common core requirements at the middle and high school levels.

This TOLI seminar is offered at no cost to educators. 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.

Click here to view our 2022 flyer.

The 2022 New Mexico program was sponsored by Jewish Federation of New Mexico.

Jewish Federation of NM






Please check this page regularly for updates on the 2023 seminar.


  • Leslie Lawner

    Since 2003, Leslie Lawner has taught Language Arts and Social Studies to students in grades 6 through 8 at Sidney Gutierrez Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, where she also offers an 8-week unit on the Holocaust to the 7th grade. She was a participant in the Belfer Conference at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and is a member of the Tecolote Group at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. A long-time teaching fellow in the High Plains Writing Project, Leslie attended the TOLI New York Summer Seminar in 2008. She received the New Mexico Charter School Teachers of the Year Award in 2010.

  • Susan Quintana

    Susan Quintana, a 29-year teaching veteran, teaches Humanities, Mock Trial, World History, and 20th Century Genocide History at Pojoaque Valley High School, in Pojoaque, New Mexico. She is a United States Holocaust Memorial Fellow and a Golden Apple recipient. Susan attended the TOLI New York Summer Seminar in 2012. She is passionate about social justice issues as they resonate today in classrooms and communities in New Mexico.

  • Michelle Thompson-Loyd

    Michelle Thompson-Loyd, a 2016 graduate of The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights, has taught AP US History and Constitutional Law for 13 years. She now teaches Great Books, Contemporary Issues, and Mentorship.  She is working with the New Mexico Council of English Teachers to resurrect and revive this important teacher resource.


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)