The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Social Justice with the New England Holocaust Educators Network

April 9, 2019

Dear colleagues,

Applications are currently being accepted for the New England Holocaust Educators Network seminar held each summer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst,hosted by the Western Massachusetts Writing Project and sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI). I strongly recommend this program.

Examining Our Shared Humanity: Holocaust Education and Social Responsibility brings together teachers from across Massachusetts who are looking to deepen their practice of teaching the Holocaust and other genocides, 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 have used 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.

To learn more and/or to submit an application, please see the attached flyer and click on this link:  If you have questions about the program, please contact seminar co-facilitator Cara Crandall at