NEW YORK, NY - Kaytlin Roholt, an alumna of Wallenpaupack Area High School and now a student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is one of 12 law students chosen by FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) to participate in a two-week program for future law professionals this summer in New York, Germany, and Poland.
    FASPE, now in its fifth year of operation, is a unique international program that explores the history of the Holocaust as a way to engage graduate students from four specific fields (journalism, law, medicine, and religion) in an intensive study of contemporary ethics in their discipline. In each of the four fields, FASPE offers innovative programs that address current ethical issues through a singular historical context.
••• Power of 1st-hand visit
    FASPE is predicated upon the power of place, and in particular the first-hand experience of visiting Auschwitz and traveling through Germany and Poland, where Fellows study the past and consider how to apply the lessons of history as they confront today’s ethical challenges in their profession.
     Pre-World War II professionals in Germany were known and respected internationally. Yet, leaders (and practitioners) in each of the professions, and often the institutions they represented, played a fundamental role in designing, enabling and/or executing the crimes of Nazi Germany.
     Run in conjunction with the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York, FASPE fellowships examine the roles played by professionals in medicine, law, clergy, and journalism in Nazi Germany and underscore that the moral codes governing these essential professions can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences.
     The 2014 FASPE Law program will be led by Eric L. Muller, Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor in Jurisprudence and Ethics at the University of North Carolina School of Law; and Belinda Cooper, Director of the project on Turkey: Democratization, Human Rights and Security at the World Policy Institute, and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights.
••• Student discusses hopes
    Ms. Roholt, who grew up in Hawley and attended Wallenpaupack Area High School, is now completing her third year at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. As an advocate for a client and a representative of the justice system, she is well aware of her obligation to use, as she says, “special care in shaping the code of ethics that I implement in my legal career.”
     Concurrently with her law studies, Ms. Roholt is pursuing a Master of Bioethics degree at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She explains how her academic and professional interests, combined with her experiences abroad, have influenced her perspective on law: “My studies in bioethics and moral theology have solidified my commitment to preserve human dignity, and in particular, to help establish a reliable legal system in countries like Uganda and Kenya, where the inherent dignity of the human person is frequently denied on a systemic level.” She hopes that FASPE will provide her with the skill set “to maintain a high standard of professional conduct while navigating the ethical ambiguities that will arise over the course of my legal career.”
    Ms. Roholt will join a group of 48 FASPE Fellows who represent a broad range of religious, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and who were chosen through a competitive process that drew close to 900 applicants from around the world. FASPE covers all expenses, including transatlantic and European travel, food and lodging.
    Over the course of 12 days, Fellows will participate in seminars run by leading scholars who serve as FASPE faculty, and attend lectures with a range of guest speakers. The program integrates historical, cultural, philosophical and literary sources; survivor testimony; and workshops in Berlin, Auschwitz and Krakow.
     FASPE has worked with over 200 students using curricula designed in partnership with faculty from Yale Medical School, Yale Law School, Columbia School of Journalism, and Georgetown University.
 ••• Museum of Jewish Heritage
   The Fellows to Oświęcim, Poland, the town the Germans called Auschwitz, where they will work with the distinguished educational staff at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Sessions devoted to contemporary ethics take place in seminar rooms at Auschwitz and at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious universities. The final leg of the trip will be held in Krakow, Poland, where they will explore the city’s rich Jewish, Catholic, and Polish history.
   Upon return, each Fellow will submit a final written essay focused on a contemporary ethical issue chosen by the Fellow. These are published in the annual FASPE Journal which includes essays from Fellows from all disciplines.
   Paul E. Steiger, Executive Chairman of Pro Publica Board of Directors, and former Managing Editor of The  Wall Street Journal, was the keynote speaker at FASPE’s recent Alumni Reunion and Symposium.
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