Dr. Jay Geller, Samuel Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, spent Thursday, March 5 speaking with students at Bexley High School as the 2020 Holocaust Scholar-in-Residence. Dr. Geller’s research and teaching interests include the history of Jews in modern Germany, with a focus on politics, society and relations between Jews and non-Jews.
Dr. Geller spoke to 200 students over the course of the school day. His presentations were titled “Remembering the Holocaust: Text and Subtext of Holocaust Monuments and Memorials” and “The Scholem Family and the Choices of German Jews.” His engagement with students caused on student to remark, “I thought it was interesting how he got into the roots of modern antisemitism and why it’s happening now.”
The Holocaust Scholar-in-Residence program was initiated by now-retired social studies teacher Dr. Ben Trotter, who taught Bexley High School’s first Holocaust Seminar in 2006. The course and residency are overseen today by BHS social studies teacher, Nancy Mallory.
Past Holocaust Scholars include: Dr. Robin Judd, Associate Professor of History at Ohio State, Dr. Robert N. Kraft, Professor of Psychology at Otterbein College, Dr. Paul Eisenstein, Professor of English at Otterbein College, Dr. Alan Beyerchen, Emeritus Associate Professor from Ohio State, Dr. Richard Steigmann-Gall, Associate Professor at Kent State University, Dr. Myrna Goldenberg, Professor Emerita from Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, Dr. Michael Meng, Assistant Professor of History at Clemson University, Dr. Adam Seipp, Professor of History Texas A&M University, and Dr. Patricia Kollander, Florida Atlantic University.
Funding for the Holocaust Scholar-in-Residence Program is provided by designated gifts to the Bexley Education Foundation, including those made by the Charles and Debbi Sugarman Family.