Save the Date: March 23-24, 2023
Survivor Peter Feigl will return as the keynote speaker.
Governor Tony Evers signed into law mandating Holocaust education be taught to Wisconsin middle school and high school students. More than ever, it is important to teach about the Holocaust to prevent atrocities from being repeated. The workshop will empower middle and high school teachers who want to learn more about teaching the lessons of the Holocaust in their schools and will feature national and local Holocaust scholars. Jennifer A. Nielson, an author known primarily for young adult fictions, says it well, “In the knowing, there was peace.”
Check back for additional information about the 2023 workshop!
Past Workshop Presenters
Teaching the Holocaust, Alexandra Zapruder
Thursday, March 31, 2022
7 p.m.–Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
This in-person lecture is part of the Annual Teaching the Holocaust Workshop. This lecture will also be livestreamed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/viterboethics.
Alexandra Zapruder began her career as a member of the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Smith College, she served on the curatorial team for the museum’s exhibition for young visitors, Remember the Children, Daniel’s Story. She earned her Ed.M. in Education at Harvard University in 1995.
In 2002, Alexandra completed her first book, Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, which was published by Yale University Press and won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. It has since been published in Dutch and Italian. She wrote and co-produced I’m Still Here, a documentary film for young audiences based on her book, which aired on MTV in May 2005 and was nominated for two Emmy awards. In the fall of 2015, she completed a second paperback edition and a multimedia edition of Salvaged Pages and, in conjunction with Facing History and Ourselves, published related educational materials designed for middle and high school teachers.
In November 2016, she published her second book, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film, which tells the story of her grandfather’s home movie of President Kennedy’s assassination. She curated a permanent exhibition titled And Still I Write: Young Diarists on War and Genocide which opened at Holocaust Museum Houston in 2019 and currently serves as the Education Director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation in Washington, D.C. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights, a nonprofit that develops partnerships with teachers in post-conflict countries to provide training in best practices on human rights, genocide prevention, and Holocaust education. She has been published in Parade, LitHub, Smithsonian Magazine, and The New York Times.
Darryle Clott earned a bachelor’s degree in 1966 and a master’s degree in 1971 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She retired from La Crescent (Minn.) High School in 2004 where she taught a comprehensive unit on the Holocaust for several years in her English classes. The classes inspired her to attend the Teachers’ Summer Institute on Holocaust and Jewish Studies and Jewish Resistance in Poland and Israel in 2001, and she is on their alumni advisory board. As her interest in the Holocaust grew, Clott became a member of the American Friends of the Jewish Fighters Museum Consortium of Holocaust Educators and is the founder of the Midwest Holocaust Education Consortium. She is a Teacher Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Clott leads Holocaust educator workshops and is an associate of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. She is a member of the Chancellor’s Community Council at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is instrumental in bringing Holocaust survivors to the La Crosse community at Viterbo University including Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, Presidential Medal of Honor winner Gerda Weissmann Klein, and Otto Frank’s stepdaughter Eva Schloss.
Clott was a participant in the 2006 Educators’ Seminar of the Educational Program on Yiddish Culture at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. She is on the editorial board of Yeshiva University’s PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators. Clott was honored with the Gregory P. Wegner Holocaust Education Award at the Congregation Sons of Abraham Synagogue in 2008 and 2014 and is the Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award winner for 2008 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In 2009, Clott was chosen to be part of a League of Women Voters project, “The Road She Traveled,” for local women who have had a significant impact on their community.
Clott is the 2009 La Crosse Toastmasters’ Communication and Leadership award winner. In 2010, she was one of 10 American Holocaust educators chosen to travel to Poland to study Holocaust pedagogy with Polish Holocaust educators in a program sponsored by the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C. The La Crosse area YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women Trailblazer Award was presented to Clott in 2010. In 2011, Clott was given the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The medals are presented on Ellis Island to American citizens of diverse origins for their outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation and the world.
In 2014, Clott was honored by Fort McCoy with the Patriotic Civilian Service Award in appreciation for exceptional support to the Fort McCoy community of soldiers and civilians.
She received the Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service from Viterbo University in 2017. The award, the highest non-academic award conferred by Viterbo, is given to those who have distinguished themselves through outstanding leadership and through service to higher education, to community and to humankind. In 2018, Clott received the Iverson Freking Ecumenical Recognition Award, which recognizes the dedication of people to ecumenical endeavors and who reflect a positive commitment to Coulee Region communities. Clott is the 2019–2020 Mrs. Oktoberfest.
Stephen Feinberg had the honor of working at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C., from 1996–2011. From 1996–2000, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program. As director of the National Outreach program at the USHMM from 2000–2009, he was responsible for the creation, design, and implementation of the Museum’s entire national educational outreach program. He was the special assistant for education programs in the National Institute for Holocaust Education (NIHE) at the USHMM from 2009–2011. In this capacity, he coordinated NIHE’s international educational activities as well as directing the USHMM’s teacher education programs in California, Florida, Texas, and Illinois.
Feinberg was a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) from 1999–2011, working extensively with the IHRA education working group. In addition to conducting teacher training programs across the U.S., he has also coordinated or participated in programs in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
He joined the USHMM’s staff in Washington in 1996, but had been an educational consultant for the Museum since 1990. He is the co-editor, with Dr. Samuel Totten, of Essentials of Holocaust Education (Routledge, 2016) and Teaching and Studying The Holocaust (Allyn & Bacon, 2000).
Prior to his work at the museum, he was a social studies teacher in public and private schools in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Paris, France. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco (1968–1970) and Thailand (1974–1975). Feinberg received a bachelor's degree in history from UCLA and a master's degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Jeff Hauser spent his career in teaching in the Whitehall middle school for over 30 years. He began teaching about the Holocaust in the early 1980’s and has continued to do so, even in retirement. As recently as fall 2020, he taught a six-week unit to both seventh and eighth graders during a long-term substitute teaching assignment.
“I started teaching about the Holocaust in the days before the Internet, YouTube, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). Teachers had to scramble and be on the alert for any Holocaust news and information. There were some books at the time and Holocaust interest seemed to be on the rise. Documentaries like The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich proved to be invaluable.”
Jeff has had a lifelong interest in history in general and specifically for Holocaust studies. The first book he read on the subject was The Murderers Among Us by Simon Wiesenthal, published in 1967. Jeff annually helps take Whitehall’s 8th graders to Washington, D.C., which includes a visit to the USHMM. He has also attended the Viterbo Teaching the Holocaust workshop for a number of years.
In addition, Jeff has served as an elected official in the city of Whitehall since 1996, serving in his second term as mayor. He is also a member of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club (tagsrwc.com).
Dana Humphrey has 42 years of educational experience as a middle school English teacher, department chair, district curriculum coordinator, and professional development presenter. She serves as the ELA consultant for the St. Louis Regional Professional Development Center. She has presented numerous workshops at the local, state, and national level and has written and co-authored articles and chapters in books on effective instructional pedagogy.
Dana is a 2000 Museum Teacher Fellow from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and a member of two Holocaust education consortium. She serves on the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum Council and is a teacher educator at the museum. She has presented for the USHMM Belfer Conference, the USHMM CHEC Conferences, the National Council of Teachers of English, the St. Louis Holocaust Museum, and the Missouri Holocaust Institute. Dana is also a gubernatorial appointee to the Missouri Holocaust Education and Awareness Commission.
Rabbi Saul (Simcha) Prombaum is a Chicago native and has served as spiritual leader of Congregation Sons of Abraham in La Crosse, from 1982–2019.
He attended the University of Wisconsin and received undergraduate degrees in Hebrew and history, and a master's degree in business. In 1989, he received formal rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Herman Gross, a Chicago rabbi with whom he studied for many years. Saul worked for many years in advertising, marketing and public relations, garnering local, regional, national, and international awards for his creative writing.
Saul also worked in the publishing industry as a technical editor and researcher. His credits include two books in Wiley's popular For Dummies series: Kabbalah for Dummies and Torah for Dummies.
Saul was also instrumental in the publication of The Halakhah of Jesus of Nazareth According to the Gospel of
Matthew by Rabbi Phillip Sigal, published by the Society of Biblical Literature.
Saul is a guest speaker on diverse topics related to Judaism and the Jewish people throughout the
Coulee Region. He has taught college-level modern and biblical Hebrew courses at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and at Viterbo University.
In 2007, Rabbi Prombaum received an Iverson-Freking Ecumenical Award from the Bethany-St. Joseph Corporation.
Saul and his wife Keren moved to Minneapolis in September 2021. They have four children and six grandchildren.
Richard Kyte is director of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and Endowed Professor of Ethics at Viterbo University, where he teaches a variety of courses dealing with ethical issues in business, health care, law, politics, and the environment. He has published and lectured widely on topics related to justice, forgiveness, virtue, and the meaning of life.
After growing up in Frazee, a small town in northwestern Minnesota, Rick attended Hamline University where he earned a B.A. in philosophy. He then went on to graduate school, obtaining a Ph.D. in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994. Since then he has taught at several colleges and universities including Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn.
He is the author of several books and writes a regular column for the La Crosse Tribune titled, The Ethical Life.
Rick is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Downtown Rotary Club of La Crosse. He serves on numerous boards, including the Editorial Board of the La Crosse Tribune, the La Crosse Community Foundation, and the Coulee Region Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Comments from Past Presenters
"My observation of, and participation in, such a forum as the Holocaust Educators' Workshop at Viterbo University is a major learning event for me. To be exposed to Holocaust scholars working in this field and survivors who bring an immediacy to the subject is key. The workshop is superbly organized, with time for both concentration and reflection. The annual topics themselves are timely, reflecting the changing nature of Holocaust studies. Area teachers are no doubt the chief beneficiaries, but the community at large should consider itself fortunate to have such an ongoing program in its midst."
—Bill Younglove, instructor/teacher supervisor, California State University, Long Beach
"Over the past 20 years, I had the privilege of speaking in 12 states at some 200 venues, middle and high schools, universities, teacher seminars, churches and synagogues with audiences ranging from a dozen to just short of 200. But none of my speaking engagements compares with my experience at Viterbo University in La Crosse. Never before did I receive as much local media coverage as I did in La Crosse: phone interviews, live and prerecorded TV interviews and press coverage. A great credit to your PR savvy especially so because Holocaust messages often are a hard sell. Viterbo University's commitment to the moral and ethical significance of the topic had its pay-off that Friday evening when the auditorium was filled to near capacity with some 850 citizens curious to hear me speak of my Holocaust experience and the vital role played by rescuers. Darryle Clott's leadership and commitment to the Holocaust Teachers Workshop held annually at Viterbo University is unique in my experience and was evident wherever I looked. Viterbo University was an unknown entity to me prior to my visit to La Crosse. It no longer is and will never be forgotten.
Thank you so very much for having invited me to be part of the Holocaust Educators Workshop."
—Peter Feigl, Holocaust Survivor