Holocaust Education Institute: Speakers



Featured Speakers:

Karen Shawn Karen Shawn, Ph.D., is a former English teacher, director of Holocaust education, and middle school assistant principal. She is Visiting Associate Professor of Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University and Senior Fellow of Azrieli’s Institute–School Partnership. She is co-editor of Azrieli’s publication PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators. Dr. Shawn taught for 10 years at the Yad Vashem Summer Institute for Educators from Abroad and at the same time served as educational consultant for the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters’ Museum. The founder of the Holocaust Educators’ Consortium, an international, interreligious Community of Practice, she has written extensively on Holocaust education. Her most recent edited volumes are an anthology of Holocaust narratives and an accompanying teacher’s guide, The Call of Memory: Learning about the Holocaust Through Narrative (Ben Yehuda Press, 2008).

Andrea Warren Andrea Warren is a native Nebraskan who has called Kansas home since 1979. Her seven books of nonfiction for young readers include Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story; We Rode the Orphan Trains; Pioneer Girl: A True Story of Growing Up on the Prairie; Escape From Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy,Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps; Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg, and Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London.

Cliff Cain Dr. Cliff Cain is Harrod-C.S. Lewis Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at Westminster College in Missouri.  Prior to this position, Dr. Cain was Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Franklin College in Indiana.  Dr. Cain earned his degrees from these universities: Muskingum University (B.A.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Vanderbilt University (D.Min.), and Rikkyo University in Tokyo (Ph.D.).  Dr. Cain’s scholarly interests include world religions and interfaith dialogue, contemporary theology, environmental issues, Holocaust studies, and the conversation between science and religion. He is the author of six academic books, six collections of sermons and many journal articles.  In addition to his teaching at the university level, Dr. Cain is Theologian in Residence at First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City, MO. 



Session Presenters:

Cathy Blake is a retired teacher who taught English and math for 33 years in public schools in Missouri. She serves as a vice president of the Board of Directors for the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and was a member of its Isak Federman Holocaust Teaching Cadre for 18 years.
Lolle Boettcher is a retired English teacher who previously taught in the public school sector.  She volunteers her time at the HMLC as the coordinator of the Teaching Trunk program, as well as a presenter in the Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS) program. She also serves on the HMLC’s Council and the Education Committee. She is a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 1996 Museum Teacher Fellow and a member of the museum’s Midwest Holocaust Regional Education Corps.
Dana Humphrey served as the secondary communication arts curriculum coordinator in the Fort Zumwalt School District. Previously, she has experience as a middle school English teacher, department chair, and building professional development presenter.  Dana is a 2000 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow and educator for the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center(HMLC).  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.

Daniel A. Reich holds the position of Curator and Director of Education at the HMLC, where he has been employed since 1999. Reich holds a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois- Champaign, and an M.A. from the University of Maryland- College Park. He completed several years of study towards his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, before coming to St. Louis, serving as the Head of Adult Programs in the Education Department of the St. Louis Art Museum for 13 years. In this position, he  trained docents, delivered lectures and museum-related talks, supervised adult classes and  coordinated numerous conferences, symposia and colloquia.   At the HMLC, in addition to having many similar responsibilities, Reich has coordinated at least one educators’ workshop per year, including one-day and multi-day formats. He is well qualified to work productively with educators and other commission members to insure a successful state-wide educators’ institute.

Jessica Rockhold, Director of School Programs and Teacher Education for the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE). Her primary responsibilities include the administration of all 7-12th grade school programs, facilitating the Second Generation Speakers Bureau, developing and teaching MCHE courses for educators, and lesson plan/curriculum development. Jessica earned her B.A. in Modern European History and her M.A. in Museum Studies with an emphasis in Holocaust History from the University of Kansas. She completed an internship as the research assistant to the Senior Historian of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum before joining the staff of MCHE in June 2003.