Friday, January 14, 2011

Welcome FASPE Alumni

This weekend we are delighted to welcome FASPE alums from the 2010 medical and law programs.

FASPE, which stands for Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, is an innovative program for students in professional schools designed to address contemporary ethical issues through a unique historical context. The Fellowships provide journalism, law, medical, business, and seminary students a structured program of study that initially focuses on the role of their chosen professions in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and uses that historic focus as a framework for the consideration of contemporary ethical issues. FASPE is under the auspices of the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Twelve to fifteen Fellows from each profession are chosen to participate in FASPE each year through a competitive process that draws applicants from professional schools across the country. Following an introductory session in New York, the Fellows travel to Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim (Auschwitz). In Germany and Poland, the in situ program looks at the role of the profession in the development and implementation of policies and programs that led to the Holocaust.

FASPE is predicated upon both the potent symbolism of Auschwitz and the Fellows’ personal experience while in Germany and Poland to help the Fellows explore the power, potential, and challenges of their chosen professions.

Lead support for FASPE is provided by C. David Goldman, Frederick and Margaret Marino, and the Eder Family Foundation. FASPE is also supported by the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research and other generous donors.

On Sunday and Monday, many of the returning students are presenting papers, recently published in a journal. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Thomas Duffy, is Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. He is currently Director of The Program for Humanities in Medicine at Yale, bringing attention to the links among the arts, humanities, and the practice of medicine by a series of lectures each year for the faculty, students and surrounding community members. Dr. Duffy is the founding member of the Ethics Committee which analyzes topics such as euthanasia and the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Duffy has been teaching medical students in both pre-clinical and clinical years, residents and fellows, and visiting students for more than 25 years.

If you would like to attend, e-mail

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