Conference agenda (final version)

Posted on February 12, 2013

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

11:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. Check-in with “brown bag lunch”. Information tables set up by universities, Holocaust Studies organizations, and publishers with booths related to Holocaust education and German resistance.

  • Note: From 10 a.m.—1 p.m., there will be a reception at an LAX-based hotel for attendees flying in to LAX, with shuttle service to Cal State Channel Islands as needed.

2:00 p.m.—4:30 p.m. The Walk. “The Walk” allows conference attendees to get to know one another in a fun way. With a surprise twist related to how history is recorded.

4:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m. Free time. Information tables still open.

6:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m. Buffet dinner, greetings, official introductions. Concert.

Friday, July 12, 2013

7:30 a.m.—8:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet.

9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m., with break for lunch. Dramatic competitions: Monologues, short sketches, original one-act plays.

Dramatic presentation will be done “Sundance” style. While the next group is setting up, the judges will encourage the audience to talk about the performance that has just taken place, asking questions of the performers, sponsor, etc. Part of the score will include this audience interaction – how well the play, music, comedy routine resonated with the audience, and how well the performers can defend their script.

(Students only!)

9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m., with break for lunch. Roundtables. Concurrent with dramatic competitions.

Roundtables currently scheduled:

  • Your research! Present your ongoing work for discussion by your peers, professors who are interested in your topic. Our special guests—Dr. Igor Khramov and Rustam Galimov of the Orenburg Charity Foundation, and Domenic Saller, grandson of Lilo Ramdohr—will be available to comment on your research.
  • Oral history, especially as it relates to the history of German resistance. Benefits and drawbacks of using “eyewitness” accounts to document resistance.
  • German-Jewish dialog. How the history of German resistance can be used to heal and “build bridges” between two communities that (frankly) need one another.
  • Social media and history. For those unfamiliar with Center for White Rose Studies’ sites for collaborative research, we’ll demonstrate those for you. How can we enhance these sites to better support your research? How are you using social media for research or collaboration?
  • The documentary, working title On the Trail of the White Rose. Center for White Rose Studies documentary on the topic of “historical revisionism as seen in the historiography of the White Rose” will officially kick off. If you’d like to work on this documentary, meet the people who will make it happen.

Noon—1:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch.

1:00 p.m.—5:00 (or 6:00) p.m. Continuing dramatic presentations and roundtables.

7:00 p.m.—10:00 p.m. Sit-down dinner, with awards presentation. No speakers, but rather a chance for all attendees to ask questions of competition winners (artists and dramatic competition), and discuss their work.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

9:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m. Breakfast buffet.

10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. Optional “free-time” activities, with brown bag lunch.

Free-time activities include:

3:00 p.m.—5:30 p.m. “Break-out” discussion groups.

  • Russian-language discussion group with Dr. Igor Khramov and Rustam Galimov: Alexander Schmorell, the Russian archives, their work in Orenburg.
  • German-language discussion group with Domenic Saller: His grandmother Lilo Fürst-Ramdohr, projects he’s working on, “German resistance” in Germany.
  • Possible, but not confirmed: Israeli participants, with a Hebrew-language discussion group on Holocaust education and specifically remembrance of German resistance in Israel.

7:30 p.m.—10:30 p.m. Closing dinner and memorial service.

Presentation of Johann Forster prize for business person or scientist involved in social justice project.

Speakers: Dr. Igor Khramov, on his work as biographer for Alexander Schmorell (executed 7/13/1943). Dr. Helen McConnell on the topic of the intersection of compassion and justice, how compassion motivates action.

This evening will not be speech-heavy, but it will focus on remembering-and-doing. There will be plenty of time to ask questions of the speakers. While officially closing at 10:30 p.m., we are willing (and happy) to extend the conversation beyond that time for anyone who wishes to do so. Sometimes it’s hard to stop talking about these matters.

Official closing ceremony.

Sunday morning, July 14, 2013

9:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m. Breakfast buffet.

10:30 a.m.—noon: Interfaith psalm reading (or singing). Quiet and contemplative, no sermonizing, simply psalm reading and psalm singing from participating religious traditions.

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