The Connecticut Task Force on Holocaust and Genocide Education was first envisioned during the USHMM Northeast Regional Summit in Burlington, VT from October 13-15, 2010.  At the first in-state meeting, January 19, 2011, the Task Force established the following draft mission statement:

The CT Task Force on Holocaust and Genocide Education formed to organize a summit of myriad organizations to pool ideas, plan for statewide initiatives, and avoid duplication of efforts in the field.  Its intention is to pursue avenues for outreach to schools of education as well as organizations focused on Holocaust, genocide, and human rights content.  The ultimate desired outcome is to create a Connecticut Consortium on Holocaust and Genocide Education with a crafted philosophy of Holocaust and Genocide Education that reflects the unprecedented nature of the Holocaust as well as the significance of other genocides and crimes against humanity. 

            The inaugural Connecticut Summit on Holocaust and Genocide Education, “The Future of Holocaust and Genocide Education in Connecticut,” was held at the Sterling Memorial Library of Yale University on Monday, June 6, 2011 from 9:00 – 4:00.

Members of the original Task Force include:

Stu Abrams


Avon High School

Museum Teacher Fellow, USHMM


Linda Christensen


Strochlitz Holocaust Resource Center


Marji Lipshez-Shapiro

Director of Education

Connecticut ADL


Alan Marcus

Associate Professor

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

University of Connecticut


Avinoam Patt

Assistant Director

Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies

University of Hartford


Leslie Ricklin


Department of Education

Eastern Connecticut State University


Joanne Rudof


Fortunoff Video Archive

Yale University


Kate Weckesser English


Mansfield Middle School

Regional Education Corps, USHMM


4 responses to “About

  1. Andrew Beiter

    Hey everyone,

    What a fantastic way of pooling resources and keeping the conversation going. Kudos for a job well done.

    Drew Beiter
    USHMM Teacher Fellow, Buffalo, NY

  2. Thanks for the support, Drew! And thanks, as well, for all of your assistance at the Burlington Summit!

  3. Ken Wolk

    I was at UVM and would like to interact with Ct. group. I teach at Suffolk County Community College and would attend sessions. Ken Wolk

  4. Hi, Ken! My first suggestion would be to subscribe to this blog, so that you will receive updates as they appear. We have no formal meetings scheduled in the near future; this site serves as our main communication artery.

    Thanks for getting in touch! We’ll look forward to working with you!

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