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The 2021 Arnold and Esther Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Gratz College invites you to the online, biennial Arnold and Esther Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In featuring Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist, illustrator, and author of Maus.

The keynote presentation and conversation with Art Spiegelman will be facilitated by Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D., Gratz College Board of Governors.

Mr. Spiegelman will discuss his art, comics as a medium, and Maus, the masterful Holocaust narrative that tells the story of his parents’ survival and his experience as the child of survivors. Additional sessions include a workshop on teaching Maus; an informal session with Mr. Spiegelman for Gratz students; and an exclusive session for Teach-In sponsors with Mr. Spiegelman, who will provide a tour of his library and art studio. The entire Teach-In program will be presented online.

Break out session available for teachers: Teaching Maus (recommended for High School and College levels)
In this workshop on teaching Maus at the high school and college levels, Gary Weissman (Gratz College Adjunct Professor and Associate Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati) will address opportunities and challenges involved in assigning cartoonist Art Spiegelman’s remarkable work. Maus will be discussed as a graphic narrative that operates on three levels: first, it depicts Artie’s experiences as a child of Holocaust survivors and his efforts to gather and tell his father’s story; second it recounts his father Vladek’s experiences of being a Jew in Nazi-occupied Europe and surviving Auschwitz; and third, it conveys Spiegelman’s deliberations and ruminations on depicting his father’s story in comic book form. Prof. Weissman will engage participants in an approach to teaching Maus that explores the interplay of these three levels. Participants will see how, by attending to Spiegelman’s unique strategies for rendering events often described as unimaginable, students can learn much about the representation, memory, and traumatic impact of the Holocaust.

Sponsorships available. Private online donor event prior to Keynote.
For more information or questions: 215-635-7300 ext 155 or [email protected]


March 7
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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