A BOOK by ME Celebrates Iowa

Iowa Holocaust Memorial Dedication I was honored to attend the dedication of the Iowa Holocaust Memorial in Des Moines on Wednesday, October 23. The idea for the project formed several years ago when Judy Blank, executor of the Jacqueline and Myron Blank Foundation, learned that Iowa was one of only five states without a memorial to the Holocaust. Now that has changed and the dream of a memorial has come true. Over 200 people from across the state of Iowa came to the dedication. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ann Millin, a historian from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. She shared how an object, like the memorial, can stir up memories as well as offer information about the pas

International Students Get Inspired to Write!

As some of you may know, I do a great deal of work with high school age foreign exchange programs. I work almost exclusively with a scholarship program called YES (started right after the 9/11 attacks - targeting relationships with students from predominantly Muslim countries). yesprograms.org This year my Quad Cities students are from Azerbaijan, India, Turkey, Qatar, Kenya, Tanzania, Serbia, Philippines, Pakistan, Senegal, Bahrain, Kuwait, Albania, Morocco and South Africa. If you want more information about this program, write me at abookbyme@gmail.com. I'm excited to report that two foreign exchange students had experiences with Holocaust education last week that made them want to partic

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