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CANCELLED - Examining our Shared Humanity: Holocaust Education and Social Responsibility

English 592E Examining our Shared Humanity:
Holocaust Education and Social Responsibility (3 credits or 67.5 PDPs)
July 17-22, 2023

Examining Our Shared Humanity brings together teachers from across New England who are looking to deepen their practice of teaching about the Holocaust, human rights, and helping their students consider the role of social responsibility. Participants will take an inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary approach to their study of the Holocaust and more recent genocides. They will use writing as both a reflective practice and a vehicle for engaging with texts and film in order to understand how stories can inspire resistance, remembrance, and reflection on tragic historical events. As a learning community, teachers will collaborate to analyze and reflect on questions of morality, ethics, and social responsibility. In addition to teacher-facilitators, local scholars and authors who use writing to explore and understand atrocities, their causes, and their impact will present to the group. Teachers will return to their classrooms with the tools they need to engage students in meaningful study of these difficult issues, and to help them develop critical thinking skills, deepen their writing, and consider their own responsibility and ways they might positively impact the world around them.

Further details:

  • Participant stipends: $100 commuters; $200 dorm residents
  • Books, materials and museum fees provided
  • Meals: Breakfasts and Lunches provided
  • Professional development credit: 3 graduate credits/$510 total or 67.5 PDPs at no cost
  • Field experiences: Yiddish Book Center; Jewish Community of Amherst
  • Out-of-town participants: Low-cost on-campus housing available

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