During the first week of January, Assistant Professor of German, William Carter, travelled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2014 Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). This year’s seminar, dedicated to “Holocaust Literature: Teaching Fiction and Poetry,” was led by Professors Anita Norich (University of Michigan) and Erin McGlothlin (Washington University in St. Louis).
Professor Carter joined a select group of college and university faculty who are teaching or preparing to teach English, Jewish studies, modern languages, literature, or other courses that have a Holocaust-related literature component. Sessions focused on imaginative responses to the Holocaust created by a variety of writers—from those writing during the Holocaust, to survivors, to members of the second generation, to those without an explicit family connection to this history. A number of years ago Professor Carter taught the Department’s Holocaust course and looks forward to teaching it again soon. The seminar experience also helped him conclude an article titled “Undoing the Post-Holocaust Novel: Resisting Redemption in Suche nach M.”.