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October 16, 2013:        Dr. Kendra Moore, "'Fiends' and Members of the Underworld:' Crime, Punishment, and Ethnic Mexican Women in Territorial Arizona" 
November 13, 2013:    Dr. Marcus Burtner, "Trading in Place; Narrating Desert Ecology: Crafting U.S. National Nature in the Sonoran Desert"

NAU History Undergrads do Research at Holocaust Memorial Museum

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June 23, 2013 5:00 am

Librarian Vincent Slatt of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. recently called a photographer into the reading room.

"This is how research trips should be done," he said, pointing to a group from Northern Arizona University hovering over stacks of books and computer screens.

The Martin-Springer Institute sponsored the group, which is part of a larger ongoing project at NAU to create a travel exhibit on the Bedzin ghetto, Poland. In the fall of last year, Director Bjorn Krondorfer, Program Coordinator Melissa Cohen and professor Martin Kalb framed this public history project for undergraduate students. Bedzin is the former home of Holocaust survivor Doris Martin (nee Szpringer), who founded the institute together with her husband Ralph.

Twelve students from numerous disciplines were accepted into the project group. Starting in January, the group met once a week to learn about the Holocaust and the situation in Poland in particular. They interviewed two Holocaust survivors, Jane Lipski in Tucson and Martin in Flagstaff. By the end of the spring semester, the focus and scope of the planned exhibit had come into focus: daily life in the Bedzin ghetto before, during and after the Holocaust, through the eyes of young people.

In May, Kalb took four members of the NAU group to Washington, D.C., to find documentation on Bedzin for the exhibit. At the archives of the Center of Advanced Holocaust Studies, Zoe Fry (history) and Gage Williams (history/museum studies) looked into the photo collection. Using the photo archive and database helped to gather primary resources about individuals related to the town and ghetto of Bedzin. Mikayla Cutlip (interior design) worked on oral testimonies available through the USC Shoah Foundation. Paisley Green (history/English) delved into the extensive and often frustrating records of the International Tracing Service. This database is the most useful resource to trace victims of the Holocaust.

Fry said of her experience, "We were allowed to use so many research tools for the first time. These are materials that people in an undergraduate position rarely get to utilize."

The group also had a meeting at the Smithsonian. "We had the opportunity to tour the different stages of exhibit creation, including design, editing, manufacturing and implementation," said Cutlip.

This fall at NAU, the group will commence work on their own exhibit.

 

 

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NAU Department of History's Alumna Nancie Lindblom Honored as Arizona's Teacher of the Year

Northern Arizona University teacher education alumna Nancie Lindblom received the 2013 Arizona Educational Foundation's Teacher of the Year award for her dedication to her students and to the teaching of history. Read about her accomplishments in the article "Mesa Educator Honored as Arizona's Teacher of the Year."