ow did this happen? That was one of the most common questions asked in Professor Ewa Callahan’s Holocaust and film class last semester. She believes the key to answering this and other questions like it lies in the imagination.
“A lot of how we understand history comes from our imagination,” said Callahan, an associate professor of interactive media and design. “Can you imagine the history? Film and travel greatly help with that.”
The course combines study of the genocide through different types of film with a 10-day trip to visit Holocaust sites. All the students had studied this period of history, but they came to the communications class with an interest of learning more.
“I decided to take the course because learning about the Holocaust in high school was always so over-simplified,” said history major Cynthia Clement ’19. “At the college level, I knew it would go deeper and bring in different perspectives.”
Seeing the Holocaust through a different perspective was exactly what Callahan hoped her students would do.