Sondra Perl, Director

In 1978, Sondra Perl co-founded the New York City Writing Project at Lehman College, CUNY. Her work with teachers began at that time and remains an important part of her academic life. Her desire to explore the difficult subject of the Holocaust and to find effective ways to teach about it began 12 years ago when she was invited to teach in Austria, a journey she chronicles in On Austrian Soil: Teaching Those I Was Taught to Hate. Ever since, she has been involved in post-Holocaust dialogue with members of the second and third generations in the United States and Europe.

In addition to her work on the Holocaust, Dr. Perl teaches a range of courses at The Graduate Center and Lehman College, CUNY from research on composing processes to ethnography, memoir, and creative nonfiction. She is currently working on the relationship of writing and dialogue to the issue of forgiveness. She also directs the Composition and Rhetoric Area Group of the Ph.D. Program in English at the Graduate Center.

Click on icon below for a video overview by Dr. Perl of the 2006 Summer Seminar in action.

Jennifer Lemberg, Project Coordinator

Jennifer Lemberg holds a PhD in English from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her work in Holocaust studies exists in connection with her other interests in contemporary ethnic American literature, and her research is directed at discovering new ways to look at how Holocaust literature and theory may usefully be considered within broader cultural contexts. A participant in the 2006 summer seminar, she is pleased to be able to continue her work with the Holocaust Educators Network.

In addition to serving as project coordinator for the seminar, Dr. Lemberg teaches thematically-based writing courses at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU. She has taught classes ranging from composition to Native American Literature at two CUNY colleges, Hunter College and John Jay College. She is also trained in writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC) techniques.

Alice Braziller, Instructor

Ms. Braziller has been a public high school teacher in New York City for 24 years, 21 of which have been at Satellite Academy High School on the Lower East Side, an alternative school for students considered to be "at risk."  Ms. Braziller is a graduate of a 1991 teacher institute sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves, an educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students in the study of the Holocaust and other genocides by encouraging them to make connections between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. Since 1995, she has been on the National Teacher Leadership team of that organization. Before becoming an instructor for the Holocaust Educators Network, she was also a participant in the 2006 summer seminar.