SC State professor selected as a Holocaust Educational Foundation Fellow

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dr. Carol AptDr. Carol Apt, professor of sociology at SC State University, has been selected as a Holocaust Educational Foundation Fellow for the 14th annual summer institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. The summer institute will be held on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, from June 21 to July 3, 2009.

The Holocaust Educational Foundation is a private, non-profit organization that was established in 1980 by survivors, their children, and their friends in order to protect and promote awareness of the reality of the Holocaust.

This will not be the first time that Dr. Apt has received support to study the Holocaust and related issues.

In January of 2009, Dr. Apt received a grant from the Jack and Anita Hess Foundation to attend a week-long seminar entitled, “The Holocaust and Other Genocides: Historical Contexts, Legal Issues and Ethical Dilemmas,” which took place at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

The seminar was designed for faculty from all disciplines who are teaching, or who are preparing to teach Holocaust, or genocide-related courses, and who wish to further their understanding of these and other relevant topics.

“There was a voluminous amount of reading,” said Dr. Apt, “but one of the most valuable aspects of the seminar was the opportunity to meet so many interesting, like-minded people from around the country, and from many other nations, as well,” she continued.

While attending the seminar, participants were given access to the Museum’s vast resources, which include a library, photographic archives and survivor registry. The seminar focused on a number of genocides, such as those in; Rwanda, Darfur, Cambodia and Europe.

In preparation for the new course that Dr. Apt will teach in the spring of 2010, the sociology of genocide, she applied for the summer institute, and was accepted. The institute offers an extensive program of lectures and presentations by noted scholars, as well as cultural and recreational outings and events. The sociology of genocide will be a 300-level course, and will be open to any student who wishes to take it; there will be no pre-requisites.

In addition to her work in the field of genocide studies, Dr. Apt is a member of the South Carolina Medical Association Bioethics Committee, the Ethics Committee of The Regional Medical Center (TRMC) in Orangeburg, S.C. and the South Carolina Pandemic Flu Task Force. She is also the vice president of the Action Council for Cross-Cultural Mental Health and Human Services in Columbia, SC.

For more information on the Holocaust Educational Foundation’s Summer Institute, visit www.holocaustef.org, or contact Dr. Apt at (803) 536-8688.