About the Holocaust Education Project
The annual Holocaust Education Project at Elmhurst College is an international, interfaith, interdisciplinary effort to explore one of the darkest periods in human history. Launched in 1991, the Project encompasses a number of programs and events.
Year-round, the Project works to integrate Holocaust lessons into students’ experience through coursework, service-learning projects, and study trips to concentration camps. Each spring, the Project culminates in a series of events around Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. These events include:
- Lectures. Prominent Holocaust scholars, death-camp survivors, and eyewitnesses speak to the campus community both formally and informally. Recent lecturers include Elie Wiesel, death camp survivor and Nobel laureate; Doborah Lipstadt, an expert on Holocaust denial; and Christopher Browning, who has served as an expert witness in numerous Holocaust-related cases.
- Teacher education projects. Chicago-area schoolteachers and Elmhurst education students participate in workshops and seminars led by professional facilitators.
- Arts events. Art exhibits, concerts, and theatrical performances allow the College community to explore the Holocaust through artistic expression. Events have included student performances of the play The Diary of Anne Frank and professional performances of the concertino Honoring the Memories of Light.