Lourdes University Instructor of Business David Harms is among an elite group of educators selected to participate in a Fulbright-Hays Short-Term Group Project Abroad titled, Walking Witness: Civic Responsibility in the Shadow of the Holocaust. The project will follow the wartime life experiences of six Toledo-area Holocaust survivors, whose testimonies were included in the WGTE Toledo Stories film, Bearing Witness: The Voices of Our Survivors.  

Of the 20 applicants who applied to be part of the project, David was among only seven to be chosen. “David had many good qualities we were looking for including travel experience and technology skills (especially audio production) as well as digital skills that will be a great contribution to the creation of the digital curricular materials after the trip,” shared Heather Elliott-Famularo, Chair of Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University and filmmaker of Bearing Witness.

David joined the faculty at Lourdes University in 2008. In addition to teaching business courses at the collegiate level, he is also a social studies teacher at Penta Career Center. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Education degree from Lourdes. David is currently the Ohio Council of Social Studies (OCSS) Ohio Social Studies Teacher of the year and was previously named Instructional Technology Integration Partnership of Ohio (ITIPOhio)/ International Society for Technology in Education (ITSE) Ohio Technology-Using Teacher of the Year, a 2011 Phi Delta Kappa Emerging Leader, the 2009 Penta Career Center Teacher of the Year, and was a finalist in Ohio’s 2009 Teacher of the Year. Walking Witness is his second Fulbright-Hays project. He previously was part of the Multiculturism and Arab Identities – Citizenship, Identity, and the Politics of Belonging: The Case of Jordan in 2010.

 Dave Harms portrait

Walking Witness participants will prepare for the trip to East Central Europe in the Bearing Witness Summer Institute at Bowling Green State University. Following the institute, the group will spend June 24 – July 23 in Greece, Hungary, and Poland, touring various sites associated with World War II and the Holocaust. Afterward, the team will continue work on the project, including contributing to the creation of curriculum on the Holocaust and civic responsibilities in an age of cultural misconceptions, prejudice, and genocide. Visit http://www.bearingwitnesstoledo.com/walkingwitness.html to find out more on the Walking Witness project.

Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, liberal studies, nursing, organizational leadership, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Discover us online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.