Fellowship Opportunity at the USC Shoah Foundation’s Institute for Visual History Archive

Fellowship Opportunity at the USC Shoah Foundation’s Institute for Visual History Archive
Jenny James Lee
February 10, 2014

The Drexel community gained access to the rich USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive in November 2013 through the local cache of the Archive hosted by Drexel University Libraries. The Archive includes more than 105,000 hours of video with interviews in 34 languages, recorded in 58 countries. Each testimony is around two hours long and consists of an interview with a survivor or eyewitness to the Holocaust, or the Rwandan genocide. Access to the Archive, as well as a brief introductory guide can be found on the Libraries’ website. Liaison Librarian for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Larry Milliken, is available to consult with any faculty members interested in using the Archive for research or teaching.

This summer there is also an opportunity to work with experts at USC to integrate the resources into courses.

Call for Proposals: Teaching Fellow Program, Summer 2014

USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education invites proposals for its 2014 Teaching Fellows program that will provide summer support for faculty at the Institute’s Visual History Archive access sites to integrate the Institute’s testimonies into new or existing courses. The faculty stipend program provides financial support and staff assistance to faculty members who wish to use the Institute’s life-history testimonies in their courses. There are no restrictions with respect to the disciplinary approach or methodology of the proposed courses. The Institute’s Visual History Archive holds nearly 52,000 video testimonies of survivors and other eyewitnesses of the Holocaust and Rwandan Tutsi Genocide. The interviews were taken in 33 languages and in 57 countries. They encompass the experience not only of Jewish and Tutsi survivors, but also of others targeted by for death, as well as liberators, aid providers, and war crimes trials participants. As these interviews are life histories, their subject matter includes the history and culture of the countries of the interviewees’ birth and their lives before, during and after genocide. The interviews average 2 hours in length and offer a wealth of possibilities for integration into many disciplines’ coursework.

Proposals will be judged according to the centrality of the interviews to the course content. Preference will be given to classes that will be taught in the 2014-2015 academic year for existing courses and the 2015-2016 year for new course proposals. Stipends will be awarded in the amount of $2,000 each with an additional $500 for in class materials related to the archive.

Awarded faculty will spend 10-15 hours in residence either in the Institute’s offices at USC or with their local campus facilitator. They will also consult with Institute staff to be introduced to the archive and to receive specialized research assistance in preparing for their course. Final course syllabi will be posted to the Institute’s website and might be excerpted or used in other Institute materials. Faculty will also be expected to give a public presentation at their local campus at the end of the fellowship period.

To apply, please send a cover letter, course proposal, and CV to the Institute’s Associate Director of Research, Dan Leshem at dleshem@usc.edu.

  • Proposals are due by Friday February 21, 2014.
  • Awards will be announced by Monday March 17, 2014.

Click here to review the list of previous award recipients. For further information about the USC Shoah Foundation, please consult the Institute website at sfi.usc.edu.