Chris Temple:
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As part of the MTF Summer Institute the past two years, Chris Temple from Living on One, has shared his film, Salam Neighbor (“Hello, Neighbor”), and accompanying educational resources with our teachers. We wanted to make these same resources available to our entire MTF community.

Their 360 virtual reality film, For My Son, is a compliment to their feature film on refugees, Salam Neighbor and currently plays in the Museum’s Wexner Center.

Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci
Co-Founders of Living on One | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmakers
From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are award-winning humanitarians, activists, and filmmakers. They demystify some of the world’s most complex situations, leaving audiences feeling more connected and empowered to make a difference.

As co-founders of Living on One, Chris and Zach have received widespread acclaim as bold storytellers and compassionate leaders of social justice – honored with the 2016 Muslim Public Affairs Council Annual Media Award, and recognized alongside Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie as two of the top 100 visionary leaders of 2015 by YPO’s Real Leaders Magazine. They have been called upon to share their expertise at TEDx, the United Nations, and the World Humanitarian Summit, and have been featured on CBS This Morning, as well as in major publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Variety.

Chris and Zach began their journey in college, when they produced, directed, and starred in their first film, Living on One Dollar. The film followed them as they lived on a dollar a day for two months to experience life in extreme poverty. Their hands-on approach to some of the world’s most pressing issues leaves viewers inspired that their actions can make a difference. (The film is available globally on Netflix.)

Their second feature documentary, Salam Neighbor, provides an intimate look into the lives of Syrian refugees, through their lens as the first filmmakers ever given a tent and registered inside of a refugee camp. Among its accolades, the film has been endorsed by Queen Rania of Jordan and was accepted into the 2016 American Film Showcase by the U.S. State Department. Both films may be found on Netflix.

When they saw the reaction to their latest film Salam Neighbor at the more than 600 school screenings across the world, it was clear what they had to do next. They needed to inspire and empower students, because they hold the power to shift the world from apathy to action around global crises.

Their films serve as a starting point — a spark to engage students. They then took it a step further and created a 98 page Common Core curriculum for grades 7-12 to accompany Salam Neighbor just in time for the beginning of the new school year! The curriculum allows you to delve deeper into this crisis, break down fear towards refugees, and empower your students with the tools they need to actively create change.

Most recently, Chris and Zach collaborated with the UN Refugee Agency and Google to create Searching for Syria, an immersive online hub that answers the world’s top searched questions about Syria. The project was featured on the homepage of Google and reached over 5 million people in the first two weeks.

Equal parts filmmaker and humanitarian, Chris and Zach have been on the front lines fighting for human rights, and have raised over a million dollars to directly empower disenfranchised communities through microfinance, education, and refugee resettlement.

Carl Wilkens:
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As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide was launched in April 1994, Carl refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church, and the United States government. Thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. Carl was the only American to remain in the country. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. His actions saved the lives of hundreds.

I can still hear very clearly the sound of hoes thwacking into the earth…
the men swinging them were not gardening, they were digging up mass graves…

Take a moment to try and put yourself in the shoes of the family members and friends who had loved ones taken from them. Surviving is more than just staying alive; surviving is learning how to live again.

Carl returned to the United States in 1996. After being featured in the 2004 PBS Frontline documentary, Ghosts of Rwanda, (Teacher Resource) about the Rwanda genocide, he began to receive letters, phone calls, and offers from teachers around the country to come and share his experiences with students.

In January 2008, with no end in sight to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan, Carl decided to quit his job and dedicate himself full-time to accepting these invitations. He and his wife Teresa have since formed an educational nonprofit, World Outside My Shoes, to facilitate this important work.

In 2011 Wilkens released his first book entitled I’m Not Leaving  (New edition also has a Teacher’s Guide & the book is now available in additional languages, too). It is based on tapes he made to his wife and children during the genocide. Last June a new 35-minute documentary film entitled I’m Not Leaving was released about the story of his family’s journey through one of the darkest chapters of modern history. Concerning both the book I’m Not Leaving and in the new documentary by the same name Wilkens writes:
While these stories happened during the genocide, the book and documentary are not really about genocide. They are more about the choices people made, actions people took, courage people showed, and sacrifices people made in the face of genocide.

Dr. James Waller:
IMG_0320Dr. James Waller is the Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College (NH).  Keene State College is home to the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, one of the nation’s oldest Holocaust resource centers, and also offers the only undergraduate major in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the United States.  Waller is a widely-recognized scholar in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies and has held visiting research professorships at the Technical University in Berlin (1990), the Catholic University in Eichstatt, Germany (1992), and in the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Justice and Security at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland (2017).  In addition, he has been an invited participant in international seminars hosted by the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies at the University of Leicester in England (2006); the Institute of Sociology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (2007 and 2008); the Bundeszentrale fur politische Bildung in Berlin, Germany (2009); the VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands (2009); the University of Alberta in Canada (2010); and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London (2011).  Waller has been awarded summer fellowships by, and been a teaching fellow with, the Holocaust Educational Foundation at Northwestern University (1996 and 2007-2012) and at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. (1999, 2003, and 2005).

In the policymaking arena, Waller is also regularly involved, in his role as Director of Academic Programs with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), as the curriculum developer and lead instructor for the Raphael Lemkin Seminars for Genocide Prevention.  These seminars, held on-site and in conjunction with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, introduce diplomats and government officials from around the world to issues of genocide warning and prevention.  In addition, his work with AIPR also has included education and training in genocide prevention for the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  Waller also has delivered invited briefings on genocide prevention and perpetrator behavior for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the CIA Directorate of Intelligence, and the International Human Rights Unit of the FBI.  In January 2009, he was selected for the inaugural class of Carl Wilkins Fellows by the Genocide Intervention Network.  This fellowship program is designed to foster sustained political will for the prevention and cessation of genocide.  Waller has led teacher training in Holocaust and genocide studies for the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center (2009 and 2012), the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (2010), the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (2010-2012, 2015), and the Zoryan Institute (2015 and 2016).  In addition, he has consulted on exhibition development with the National Institute for Holocaust Education at the USHMM, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda, and for the Genocide Prevention Institute at the Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, GA.  His fieldwork has included research in Germany, Israel, Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Guatemala.

In addition to four books, Waller has published twenty-eight articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and contributed twenty chapters in edited books.  Waller’s book on perpetrators of genocide, Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (Oxford University Press, 2002), was praised by Publisher’s Weekly for “clearly and effectively synthesizing a wide range of studies to develop an original and persuasive model of the process by which people can become evil.”  In addition to being used as a textbook in college and university courses around the world, Becoming Evil also was short-listed for the biennial Raphael Lemkin Book Award from the Institute for the Study of Genocide.  Concepts from Becoming Evil, released in a revised and updated second edition in 2007, have been the basis for an international best-selling novel (The Exception by Christian Jungersen) and a play workshopped in the School of Theater, Film, and Television at UCLA.  Waller’s latest book, also from Oxford, is titled Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide (2016) and has been hailed as “required reading for all those who seek to understand and avert these atrocities in the future.”

Waller is also widely-recognized for his work on intergroup relations and prejudice.  In January 1996, while at Whitworth University, Waller developed an innovative study program titled “Prejudice Across America.”  The study program drew national media attention and was named by President Clinton’s Initiative on Race as one of America’s “Promising Practices for Racial Reconciliation.”  Many of the experiences from the study program are chronicled in his first two books, Face to Face: The Changing State of Racism Across America (New York, NY: Perseus Books, 1998) and Prejudice Across America (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2000).  Prejudice Across America was short-listed for a 2001 Outstanding Book Award from Boston University’s Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America.  While at Whitworth, Waller’s achievements in teaching and scholarship were reflected in his selection as the 1993 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty Achievement, the 1996 recipient of Whitworth’s Teaching Excellence Award, and a 2008 nominee for Whitworth’s Innovative Teaching Award.  In addition, he was a four-time institutional nominee for the CASE U.S. Professor of the Year award.  In fall 2003, Waller was Whitworth’s inaugural appointee for a four-year term as the Edward B. Lindaman Chair, an endowed, rotating chair for senior faculty who are engaged in significant national academic initiatives and who contribute to public dialogue concerning important social issues.

During 1999-2000, Waller was one of sixteen national recipients of the prestigious Pew Fellowship Award to continue his work on the psychology of human evil.  In June 2007, he received the “First Voice Humanitarian Award” from the Chicago Center for Urban Life & Culture in recognition of his work in connecting students with urban communities, particularly communities in need.  In November 2011, Waller was recognized by a California Senate Resolution for “his tireless efforts to end genocide.”  In 2012, he was Keene State College’s institutional nominee for the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize from Brandeis University, an award given in recognition of scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic, and/or religious relations.  Waller was appointed as the Centennial Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2013-2014.  In September 2015, he was named a Peace Ambassador by the Center for Peacebuilding in Sanski Most, Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Most recently, in April 2017, Waller was selected as the recipient of the inaugural International Association of Genocide Scholars’ Engaged Scholarship Prize. The Prize recognizes exemplary scholarship along with engagement in genocide awareness and prevention.

Waller received his B.S. (1983) from Asbury University (KY), M.S. (1985) from the University of Colorado, and Ph.D. in Social Psychology (1988) from the University of Kentucky.  He also has completed additional certification work in safety and security after violent conflict at the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland.  He is an active member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars as well as the International Network of Genocide Scholars.  He also is a member of the International Expert Team of the Institute for Research of Genocide Canada, the Advisory Board of World Without Genocide, and the Advisory Board of the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at Binghamton University.

Dr. Waller lectures and speaks on Holocaust and genocide studies, intergroup relations, and prejudice for academic, professional, and public audiences.  He has lectured at more than 50 colleges and universities, including the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Boston University, Claremont-McKenna College, Notre Dame, College of the Holy Cross, Hope College, Yale University, Columbia University, the US Military Academy at West Point, and the American University of Paris.  Recent endowed lectures Waller was invited to deliver included the 2010 Karl Schleunes Lecture at Greensboro College, the 2011 Richard J. Yashak Holocaust Lecture at Albright College, the 2015 Ralph L. Harris Memorial Lecture at Sonoma State University, and the inaugural Walter Sommers Lecture on Holocaust History at CANDLES Holocaust Museum in 2016.  In addition to a regular blog titled “Understanding Genocide” on Psychology Today, he is frequently interviewed by broadcast and print media, including PBS, CNN, CBC, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Salon, and the New York Times.

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt:
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Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, has published and taught about the Holocaust for close to 40 years. However, she is probably most widely known because of the libel lawsuit brought against her (1996) by David Irving for having called him a Holocaust denier. Irving then was then arguably the world’s leading denier.

After a ten-week trial in London (2000), in an overwhelming victory for Lipstadt, the judge found Irving to be a “neo-Nazi polemicist” who “perverts” history and engages in “racist” and “anti-Semitic” discourse. The Daily Telegraph (London) described the trial as having “done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations.” The Times (London) described it as “history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory.” According to the New York Times, the trial “put an end to the pretense that Mr. Irving is anything but a self-promoting apologist for Hitler.”

The movie DENIAL, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkenson with a screenplay by David Hare, tells the story of this legal battle. It is based on Lipstadt’s book HISTORY ON TRIAL: MY DAY IN COURT WITH A HOLOCAUST DENIER (Harper Collins 2006) and recently reissued as DENIAL (Harper Collins 2016). The film was nominated for a BAFTA as one of the best British films of the year.

Lipstadt has written most recently HOLOCAUST: AN AMERICAN UNDERSTANDING (Rutgers, 2016) which explores how America has understood and interpreted the Holocaust since 1945. She is currently writing The Antisemitic Delusion: Letters to a Concerned Student.  It will be published in 2018.

Her previous book, THE EICHMANN TRIAL, (Schocken/Nextbook 2011) published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Eichmann trial, was called by Publisher’s Weekly, “a penetrating and authoritative dissection of a landmark case and its after effects.”  The New York Times Book Review described Lipstadt as having “done a great service by… recovering the event as a gripping legal drama, as well as a hinge moment in Israel’s history and in the world’s delayed awakening to the magnitude of the Holocaust.”

She has also published BEYOND BELIEF: THE AMERICAN PRESS AND THE COMING OF THE HOLOCAUST (Free Press, 1986) which surveys what the American press wrote about the persecution of the Jews in the years 1933-1945.  She is currently writing a book, The Antisemitic Delusion: Letters to a Concerned Student which will be published in 2018.

At Emory she directs the website known as HDOT [Holocaust Denial on Trial/ www.hdot.org ] which contains a complete archive of the proceedings of Irving v. Penguin UK and Deborah Lipstadt.  It also provides answers to frequent claims made by deniers.

At Emory Lipstadt has won the Emery Williams Teaching Award. She was selected for the award by alumni as the teacher who had most influenced them.   

Lipstadt was an historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust.         

She has held Presidential appointment to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (from Presidents Clinton and Obama) and was asked by President George W. Bush to represent the White House at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. She was part of a committee that advised Secretary of State Madeline Albright on matters of religious freedom abroad.

She has a B.A. from the City College of New York and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

 

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