The Myron and Margaret Winegarden Visiting Professorship enables the University of Michigan-Flint to bring scholars of national and international reputation to our campus.
This year our Visiting Professor is Dr. Kenneth Waltzer, an internationally renowned historian at the James Madison College of MSU where he has served as dean, assistant dean and Director of General Education.
He and is currently the Director of MSU’s Jewish Studies Program.
A welcome reception was held in Thompson Library last November for Dr. Waltzer, who’s campus office is located in room #218 of the Thompson Library.
Dr. Waltzer will conduct seminars at both graduate and undergraduate levels (“Human Behavior Beyond Extremity: Holocaust Narratives”) plus an interdisciplinary faculty seminar on “New Directions in Study of the Holocaust.”
To facilitate the research activities of Dr. Waltzer, his students and our campus, one of the Thompson Library’s own, Emily Newberry, worked with fellow librarians from Ann Arbor campus to obtain access for the Flint campus to the online site of the Shoah Foundation Archives.
Steven Spielberg established the nonprofit organization, Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, in 1994, shortly after the filming of Schindler’s List.
The original mission of the Foundation was to document the experiences of Holocaust survivors.
To this end, the Foundation set out to collect and record the testimonies of 50,000 survivors and other witnesses.
To date, the Foundation has gathered nearly 52,000 testimonies in 32 languages from 56 different countries.
The Foundation is interested in making these testimonies available to the public for educational purposes in an effort to overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry.
The University of Michigan was the first public university to partner with the Foundation, ensuring that an even greater number of individuals will have access to these important testimonials.
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive makes available via internet access over 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors.
Now, thanks to the work of Emily, the Thompson Library has partnered with Dr. Waltzer to provide access to this invaluable historical resource.
To locate and access the link from the Thompson Library home page , find Shoah using the Search by Subject drop-down box (HISTORY), or using the alphabetical list, select “S” and look for Shoah.