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Faculty Training Workshops

These workshops are designed to give educators the tools and perspectives needed to communicate the history and meaning of the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights issues.

Teaching Anne Frank: Resistance and Keeping the Moral Core

How do we "remember" and teach about Anne Frank? What are the contexts and pitfalls to be aware of? How do we keep our moral integrity when dealing with Anne as "symbol" and icon? How do we avoid teaching the diary as fairy tale or fable? The life and decisions of the Frank family (such as emigration and going into hiding) are placed within the context of the Nazi era. Otto Frank’s failed attempt to get his two children (Margot and Anne) into the United States is highlighted. This presentation also traces the family’s history after their betrayal in the Secret Annex. How can we draw on the example of the rescuers and of the Franks themselves?

Teaching the Holocaust (Methodological Considerations)

Using 16 methodological points to consider, this workshop is designed to introduce teachers to the issues and difficulties in teaching the Holocaust. Topics covered include: defining the Holocaust; putting people above statistics; humanizing the victims and perpetrators, and key vocabulary. The methodological considerations can be applied to any social studies or English curriculum.

Pedagogy of Teaching the Holocaust

Why do we need to teach the Holocaust? What moral messages do we convey? What do students actual learn? This presentation deals with the necessity of dealing with the difficulties raised by teaching the Holocaust and the need to approach it in a multidisciplinary way. Specific attention is given to the use of imagery. What kinds of images are appropriate and in what context? The presentation will address options on how teachers can approach the topic, how to present the historical actors, and the different ways to end a unit of study on the Holocaust.

Teaching Elie Wiesel: Trauma, Remembrance and Hope

How does one approach Elie Wiesel's work and witness in the classroom? This workshop presents Night as the beginning of Wiesel's encounter with the Shoah. We will discuss Night as the beginning, not end, of Wiesel’s encounter with the Shoah by exploring the text through his Hasidic roots and identity. We will explore Night as a counter-narrative; a constructed memoir; a crafted testimony; a matzeva (marker/gravestone) about the limits of witnessing and “surviving survival.” And yet, by studying the Shoah and Wiesel’s writings we will encounter his hope that the spark for goodness must be ignited within us.

Teaching About Genocide:

Issues and Approaches. What is genocide? Should my class focus on a single case or do a comparative study? Should we focus on distant or more recent cases? What if I don’t know about other genocides? This session focuses on how to develop a classroom rationale statements and how those statements become the driving force behind a class approach to its study of genocide. The problems and limitations of the definition of genocide (as adopted by the United Nations) will be discussed.

Not Victims, but Human Beings: Teaching the Holocaust with Sensitivity and Care

The task of educators is to make historical topics relevant to their students. How does one make the Holocaust relevant to students today? How should teachers approach this extremely difficult topic in an appropriate way? The Holocaust must be taught as a human story taking place in modern society - one human being to another - by neighbors, in the same civilization. This power point workshop explores ways to humanize the experience of the victims and perpetrators in order to motivate successive generations to recognize an ethical responsibility to respond to prejudice and hatred. This presentation illustrates how to connect students to the victims as human beings; how to explore everyday life in the ghettos; how Jews fought dehumanization by confronting moral dilemmas; and the unique choice by survivors to choose life and continuation over despair and violence. Pedagogical approaches will be discussed. Suggested activities and lesson plans will be explored. Specific attention will be given to the use of imagery. What kinds of images are appropriate and in what context?

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