SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (October 17, 2013) - John Brown University will host the 22nd Annual Arkansas Holocaust Education Committee Conference on Friday, Oct. 18. The conference will be held in the Berry Performing Arts Center on the JBU campus in Siloam Springs.
Area middle and high school students, along with their teachers will attend the conference that promotes an interdisciplinary approach to learning about the Holocaust. Compelling visual history testimony will be integrated into multi-part and modular lessons to engage students in the lives of survivors, rescuers, liberators and other witnesses of the Holocaust.
Veteran, 92-year-old Richard Geer, from Siloam Springs will be honored during the luncheon. Geer was a member of the 69th Infantry Division as a Lt. Infantry Unit Commander during WWII. The unit was instrumental in liberating the Leipzig Concentration Camp.
The tentative keynote speaker for the plenary session will be Dr. Ann Millin. Dr. Millin is the Historian in Leadership Programs in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Nation Institute for Holocaust Education, Washington, D.C.
Keynote speakers for the afternoon plenary session will be Holocaust survivors Mr. and Mrs. Aisic Hirsch. Mr. and Mrs. Hirsch met in Israel after separately being captured by Germans and escaping. They were married in 1950 and moved to Birmingham, Ala. in 1992 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked No. 2 overall and No. 1 Best Value among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report. JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 42 states and 44 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.