Area of Focus: Holocaust Education
Location: Bethany, Oklahoma
Marty Michelson is a Professor at Southern Nazarene University and the Director of the Eupan Global Initiative. Marty has worked with students of various ages in churches, schools, and inter-faith agencies toward expanding awareness of genocide. For over a decade, Marty has advanced issues of discerning tolerance and understanding differences, specifically educating about the genocide of the Jews. Marty has been recognized for his work by the local Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City and continues to partner with this and other religious, educational, and interfaith agencies. In partnership with a group of individuals committed to advance “the good for the all (the root etymology of eupan),” Marty is working with various affiliations in Oklahoma City and the State of Oklahoma to educate about issues of genocide prevention. Marty intends to use his Carl Wilkens Fellowship to develop working partnerships with federal leaders from Oklahoma for the anti-genocide movement as he continues to work in and around Oklahoma City to empower individuals to be active participants in staving off any future genocide in our world.
Marty was appointed Rotary Peace Fellow in summer 2011. 1 of 17 selected from an international pool for full scholarship and stipend to study and travel through Southeast Asia – hosted through Chulalongkorn University coursework, Bangkok, Thailand. Fellows work to improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty through real-life, international field experience on issues of peace, goodwill, causes of conflict, and world understanding. Fellows advance a culture of tolerance and peace, enhancing knowledge and skill while engaging practitioners and academics.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Award Recipient: “Representation of the ‘Other’: Jews in Medieval Christendom.” Summer 2010 with research conducted at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (Oxford University, England). Designated a Visiting Faculty member for research at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Exploring constructions of Jewish identity
in medieval Christian society. With a collaborative team of distinguished scholars, work focused on the experience of “otherness” through the disciplines of history, philosophy, canon law, and art history.