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Study & Research Opportunities

The Kraft-Hiatt Fund has enabled Holy Cross faculty to attend seminars at Yad Vashem, the world's Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, as well as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and has supported students' study abroad at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Opportunities for Faculty

Over the years, Holy Cross has sent a number of faculty members to participate in the intensive International Seminar for Educators Teaching about the Shoah and Antisemitism at Yad Vashem. With Kraft-Hiatt support, some faculty have taken advanced seminars offered by Yad Vashem and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and have participated in international conferences on the Holocaust, Jewish heritage and ethics. The McFarland Center welcomes proposals from faculty for study and travel to develop research and teaching competencies in the Judaism, Jewish history, and Jewish-Christian relations. Email the Director.

Lessons from the Shoah: Why we teach the Holocaust at Holy Cross — Professor of psychology, Daniel Bitran, gave a public lecture after he first studied at Yad Vashem in July 2008.
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Every Person Has a Name: My time at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and Teaching the Holocaust — Thomas Doughton, historian and senior lecturer in the Center for Interdisciplinary and Special Studies gave a talk on his reflections from Yad Vashem in April 2010.

Opportunities for Students

Students interested in studying abroad at the Rothberg Summer Institute at Hebrew University in Jerusalem may apply for a partial scholarship through the Kraft-Hiatt program. Applicants must submit a personal essay of at least one and one-half pages, double-spaced, showing how their course of study in Jerusalem would promote Jewish-Christian understanding. They must include two academic recommendations and submit the Kraft-Hiatt Scholarship form located on the Holy Cross Study Abroad online application system. Applications are due mid-November.

Please contact Thomas Landy, director of the McFarland Center, Kraft-Hiatt Professor Alan Avery-Peck, or Brittain Smith, director of Study Abroad, or visit the Office of Study Abroad in Smith Hall 216.