Alfred Lerner Fellowship Program
As a JFR "Center of Excellence" in Holocaust education, the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is allotted two scholarships for applicants who work directly with the Cohen Center.
All potential candidates should request an application from The Cohen Center Educational Outreach Director, Thomas White, email@example.com.
All candidates for the JFR Lerner Fellow program must have attended the Cohen Center Summer Institute for Holocaust Studies.
The first Summer Institute for Teachers was held at Clark University in June 2000. Since June 2001, the Institute has been held at Columbia University in New York City. The program is a high-level, intensive academic seminar in which participants are exposed to Holocaust survivors such as Roman Kent and to noted Holocaust scholars including, Debórah Dwork, Robert Jan van Pelt, Nechama Tec, Henry Feingold, Michael Phayer, Harry Reicher, Marion Kaplan, and Peter Hayes. Following each lecture, participants meet in small groups to discuss pedagogy, to share teaching concepts and to develop approaches to introducing the specific subject of the lecture to their students. Teachers selected to participate in the JFR Summer Institute for Teachers are known as Alfred Lerner Fellows.
The program has approximately thirty-five participants each year, this includes two teachers from each of the participating centers in the JFR Holocaust Centers of Excellence Program, newly hired local center education staff, and teachers from schools located in the New York metropolitan area. Since 2001, the JFR, at the request of the Association of Holocaust Organizations, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Intergovernmental Task Force on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, has extended full scholarships to teachers from Eastern European countries. In 2005, the JFR expects to host three teachers from Poland.
To be eligible to participate in the program, participants must teach English or social studies at the middle or high school level, have taught at least five years, are at least four years from retirement, and currently teach the Holocaust in their classroom. Candidates should have attended at least one Holocaust teacher training workshop/seminar.
The fee to attend this Institute is $500 for each participant. The JFR will cover lodging, breakfast, lunch, breaks, two dinners, and a reception. It is expected that participants will share a room. If a participant would like a single room, the participant would have to pay the difference which is $85 per night. If you snore, we are requesting that you request a single room for which you would have to pay. This would be in addition to the $500 registration fee. There are only two single rooms on the floor. These rooms will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. However, we can arrange for participants to have a single room as part of a suite, i.e., one would share the bathroom but would have their own sleeping room.
Each teacher selected to participate in the program must agree to serve as a teacher-trainer and resource person for their nominating center.
Participants will be housed in a dormitory that is converted into conference housing during the summer on Columbia's campus. The non-smoking rooms consist of suites, each with two bedrooms – two people to a bedroom – and a private bath. Generally there will be four people assigned to a suite.
The program begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2005 and runs through 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. We ask that participants plan their travel to permit them to arrive by 12:00 noon on Sunday and not to leave until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. If it is necessary for a participant to arrive on Saturday so as to obtain a reduced airplane ticket, the JFR will make arrangements for the participant to be lodged at the dorm on Saturday, June 25th. It is also possible for participants to remain on campus (at their own expense) for a few nights after the program should they want to enjoy New York.
For those who will be driving, the only parking available is in private lots and it will be the responsibility of the participant to cover all parking costs. Columbia is easily reached by subway from Penn Station for those who are traveling by Amtrak. The campus is also a short taxi ride from LaGuardia Airport.
Program materials will be sent out as soon as a participant has been admitted into the program.