Lourdes University Instructor of Business David Harms was 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 followed 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 we know would be a great contribution to the creation of the digital curricular materials of the trip,” shared Heather Elliott-Famularo, Chair of Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and filmmaker of Bearing Witness.
Walking Witness participants prepared for the trip to East Central Europe in the Bearing Witness Summer Institute at BGSU. Following the institute, the group spent June 24 – July 23 in Greece, Hungary, and Poland, touring various sites associated with World War II and the Holocaust. The team is continuing 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 the Bearing Witness Toledo website to find out more on the Walking Witness project.
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 and is currently the Ohio Council of Social Studies (OCSS) Ohio Social Studies 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. Read more about David on his faculty page.
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