How to Teach Difficult Subjects to Young People




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Meet the author of the winning book, Kip Wilson

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

7:00pm – 8:30pm

and join the discussion on

How to Teach Difficult Subjects to Young People


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All participating educators will receive a free copy of White Rose


Speakers will share practical tools to making history relevant for students.  Author Kip Wilson will draw connections between teen activists today to the members of the White Rose resistance group who used their voices to stand up for others in Nazi Germany. She’ll explain what led Sophie Scholl down this path, share some poems from White Rose, and show how important it is to encourage young people today to make a similar stand.

Speakers include:

Dodd Jewish Hartford European Roots Educator Fellows

Kimberly Ballaro, Alan Berkowitz,

Crista Penrose and Rachel Torres

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White Rose Book CoverThis stunning novel-in-verse is based on the true story of Sophie Scholl, who along with her brother Hans and some of his friends, formed White Rose – a secret anti-Nazi resistance movement in Germany during World War II. Sophie distributed leaflets urging fellow students to protest the horrors of Hitler’s regime. Unfortunately, she and the other members of White Rose were caught, interrogated, and executed.

The novel moves back and forth in time, starting near the end of Sophie’s life after her arrest, and going back through her childhood and adolescence. Despite a loving family and a budding romance, a cloud of oppression hangs over her – the relentless war, her mandatory work in a Hitler youth labor camp and an armaments factory, repeated arrests of her brother and father, increasing discriminations and deportations of Jews – until finally she’s impelled to take action.

Sophie was proud of what she and the other members of White Rose did, and hopeful that her life would be an inspiration to others. Indeed, her story remains relevant today when human rights are still endangered and the need to speak out is still necessary. – Michele Palmer


Kip Wilson is the author of White Rose(2019, HMH/Versify), a critically-acclaimed YA novel-in-verse about anti-Nazi political activist Sophie Scholl. White Rose won multiple awards and honors, including the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award, a Massachusetts Book Honor, and the Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature. Kip holds a Ph.D. in German Literature and wrote her doctoral dissertation about the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Her next YA novel-in-verse,The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin, is coming in 2022.



Kimberly Ballaro 

Alan Berkowitz

Crista Penrose

Rachel Torres

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