Events: 2021-2022

Maus: Using Graphic Novels to Teach about the Holocaust

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Date: Thursday, March 03, 2022

Time: 04:30pm

Teacher Workshop

Open to middle and high school teachers only

Required reading prior to workshop: Maus I

Join us for a free virtual workshop for middle and high school teachers on teaching Maus, an important and complex work of second-generation Holocaust literature. Recent news of a Tennessee school district’s controversial ban on Maus, Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic memoir, broke on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, eliciting a huge global outcry. Backlash to the ban has caused an enormous increase in book sales, donations, and educational efforts to grapple with the lessons of Maus, which tells the story of Spiegelman’s father, a Holocaust survivor, and their relationship as he comes to terms with his father’s experience and history itself. Graphic novels provide a unique and complex view of history. Barbara Mann, Chana Kekst Professor of Jewish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary, will lead the workshop. An expert on graphic novels that deal with the Holocaust since Maus paved the way in the 1980s, she has done important research on the value of using graphic novels and comics as a complement to other instructional tools in teaching the Holocaust. The workshop will be moderated by Colleen Tambuscio, pedagogical consultant to the HRC, award-winning teacher, and founder of the New Jersey Council of Holocaust Educators.

Program will be held virtually.

Registration is closed.


barbara mannProfessor Barbara Mann, professor of cultural studies and Hebrew Literature and the Chana Kekst Professor of Jewish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her areas of expertise include Israeli and Jewish literature, cultural studies, modern poetry, critical theory and urban studies, literary modernism, and the fine arts. She is the author of A Place in History: Modernism, Tel Aviv, and the Creation of Jewish Urban Space and co-editor in-chief of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History.

Colleen TambuscioColleen Tambuscio, Founder and President, New Jersey Council of Holocaust Educators; Award-winning teacher and pedagogical consultant to the MTI for nearly twenty years.