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Legacy Symposium

HEW for Young Professionals - Register Now

The seventh annual symposium features engaging workshops that invite participants in their 20s and 30s to explore the future of Holocaust memory from different perspectives. Sessions will address this theme through survivor engagement, interactive technologies, and thought-provoking discussions. Special guests include HEW 2016 Educator-in-Residence Dr. Michael Gray, Holocaust survivors and Azrieli Foundation authors Nate Leipciger, Claire Baum and Leslie Meisels, HEW closing night speaker Hannah Lessing, PhD candidate Amir Lavie, and more. The program concludes with a keynote presentation from Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter and Stephen Smith, executive director of USC Shoah Foundation, who will discuss New Dimensions in Testimony—an initiative that enables people to have “virtual conversations” with Holocaust survivors long into the future. The presentation will be moderated by Ramona Pringle, Director, Transmedia Zone, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, and CBC technology columnist. 
 
Envisioned by concept developer Conscience Display, New Dimensions in Testimony was created with the technical expertise from USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies. Using state-of-the-art technology, New Dimensions in Testimony provides the opportunity to ask questions that instantly answered by the recorded image of the survivor. This allows users to walk down their own path of curiosity to learn about this important part of history. To create the lifelike exchange, advanced language-recognition software understands the questions being asked and instantly plays back one of the thousands of questions answered by the survivor. 
 
Pinchas Gutter and his twin sister were born in Lodz, Poland, in 1933, to a Hasidic family. In 1939, his family was forced into the Warsaw Ghetto. In April 1943, they were deported to the Majdanek death camp, where Pinchas’ family was murdered on arrival. He was sent to a work camp, then to Buchenwald, and then on a death march from Germany to Theresienstadt. He was liberated by the Soviet Army in May 1945 and was taken to Britain with other children for rehabilitation. He immigrated to Canada in 1985 from South Africa.

Please register below for the wait list for the Legacy HEW 2016 Symposium

Program at capacity. We apologize for any disappointment. You may choose to add your name to our wait list in the event of cancellations.
Please note:
this program is intended only for participants between the ages of 20 and 39. You do not need to be a descendent of Holocaust survivors or Jewish; all interested parties in the age demographic are welcome to attend with registration. If you fall outside the age category, please see our HEW programming for all audiences here and our "2G" symposium here for descendants of Holocaust survivors.

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Workshop Selections:

Please indicate your choices for workshops at the symposium in both slots (A: 11 am - 11:45 am; B: 11:55 am - 12:40 pm).
Note: sessions are subject to change.

Workshop Descriptions

SESSION A 11:00 - 11:45 AM  
Memoir, Memories, and New Digital Platforms Holocaust survivors and Azrieli Foundation authors Nate Leipciger, Claire Baum and Eva and Leslie Meisels Explore the Azrieli Foundation's new digital platform, Re:Collection, in a hands-on workshop with the survivors featured within it.
SESSION FULL. We apologize for any disappointment.
Austria's Past, For the Future Hannah Lessing, Austrian National Fund director What happens when a perpetrator country has finished dispersing symbolic reparation payments to living survivors? Who controls the remaining funds and how are they spent? Learn about new approaches, iniaitives and projects, as well as a brief history of Austria's restitution program and how it unfolded.
What Do Today's Students Learn from The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas? HEW 2016 Educator-in Residence Dr. Michael Gray What do young readers and students actually learn from "Holocaust fiction" like The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas? How do these types of resources affect today's youth and their understanding of the events of the Holocaust?
Choosing [how, who, what, when, where, why] to Remember Dr. Carson Phillips, Managing Director of the Neuberger Reuven Ben-Shem. David Boder. The Eichmann Trial. Establishment of the National Holocaust Monument. Key moments in defining how and why we remember the Holocaust. However, we are on the verge of a new era when there will no longer be living witnesses to the Holocaust. This session explores the history and current state of memorialization, leading into a discussion about how it may change for future generations.
SESSION B 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM  
Memoir, Memories, and New Digital Platforms (repeat) Holocaust survivors and Azrieli Foundation authors Nate Leipciger, Claire Baum and Eva and Leslie Meisels Explore the Azrieli Foundation's new digital platform, Re:Collection, in a hands-on workshop with the survivors featured within it. Maximum capacity = 40
SESSION FULL. We apologize for any disappointment. 
Is it Okay to Laugh at the Holocaust? comedian featured in the film, The Last Laugh Through film clips from The Last Laugh, explore if and when it is appropriate for comedians to use the Holocaust in their material. How does humour affect memory? What's taboo?
Holocaust-Era Documents in a Digital Age PhD candidate Amir Lavie Through Canadian case studies, explore challenges and moral dilemmas in digitizing Holocaust archives and testimonies. How does preserving these documents and testimonies affect next generations? How does the availability of information impact our understanding and our concept of privacy?
Putting Learning into Action: Tangible steps to shaping a future without genocide Danny Richmond Work through thought-provoking activities and discussions that will empower you with some actionable ways to put "Never Again" into practice.

Keynote

The program concludes with lunch and a keynote presentation from Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter and Stephen Smith, executive director of USC Shoah Foundation, who will discuss New Dimensions in Testimony—an initiative that enables people to have “virtual conversations” with Holocaust survivors long into the future. The presentation will be moderated by Ramona Pringle (Ryerson University). This is a plenary session. The program concludes just after 2 pm.

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