William F. Podlich Distinguished Fellows

Academic Year 2002-2003

Spring 2003

Michael Berenbaum is the former director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and former director of Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. An internationally recognized writer, lecturer, teacher and consultant, Berenbaum guides the development of museums and historical films as president of The Berenbaum Group in Los Angeles. He also serves as director of the Sigi Ziering Institute for the Study of the Ethical Implications of the Holocaust and as an adjunct professor of theology at L.A.’s University of Judaism. He gave two talks at the Athenaeum during the Spring semester titled “Time and History, Politics, Memory, and Identity: The Shifting Consciousness of the Holocaust” and “Creating Something from Nothing: The Scholar as Entrepreneur.”

In addition to his lectures, Berenbaum worked with Jonathan Petropoulos, the John V. Croul Professor of European History, and John Roth, the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, on their class, “Researching the Holocaust,” and presented a series of seminars for faculty and advanced students in such disciplines as film studies, leadership, management, philosophy, and economics. He also worked with Professors Roth and Petropoulos on a major conference on the Holocaust to be held at CMC during the 2003-2004 academic year and participated in the panel discussion “The Vatican, Daniel Goldhagen, and the Holocaust.”