2015 K-12 Teacher Workshop: Teaching the Holocaust and Genocide from a Global Perspective

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UNAIinActionFriday, May 15, 2015

8:30AM – 4:30PM
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

REGISTER HERE (Closed on May 8)

Workshop is free of charge and open to enrollment by pre-service and in-service teachers of all grades and content areas.  Workshop examples and tools will be most appropriate to Language Arts and Social Studies teachers at the middle and high school level.

As part of its initiative to promote Human Rights Education in Connecticut classrooms, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center has partnered with the UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights to provide participants with expert guidance along with lesson resources and materials necessary to teaching the holocaust and genocide from a global perspective.

Guided by UNESCO Chair-holders from Israel, Guatemala, Morocco and the United States, as well as other international experts, this workshop will consist of a review of the relationship between holocaust and genocide education and human rights education, a presentation of the current standards and practices in various countries in the context of current US and CT standards, and an engagement with new theories, resources, and approaches for the classroom. Outcomes for participants will include new capacity for curriculum design appropriate for a variety of grades and content areas, access to resources and materials for use in the classroom, and ongoing support for professional development in human rights education through the Dodd Center.

Proposed Schedule (subject to change)

8:30AM – 8:55AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00AM – 9:15AM


9:15AM – 9:45AM  

Genocide Education In and About Rwanda

9:45AM – 10:00AM


10:00AM – 12:00PM

Panel with Global UNESCO Chairs

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Lunch Break

1:00PM – 2:15PM

Curriculum Strategies Sessions 1

1-A Teaching about the Cambodian Genocide

1-B Teaching about the Armenian Genocide

2:15PM – 2:30PM


2:30PM – 3:45PM  

Curriculum Strategies Session 2

2-A Teaching about the Holocaust with Media

2-B Holocaust Education in Global Perspective

3:45PM – 4:00PM

Closing Remarks

4:00PM – 4:30PM


Presenters Include:

Professor Anabella Giracca, UNESCO Chair-Holder, Communication for the Strengthening of Cultural Diversity, Rafael Landívar University, Guatemala

Professor Zehavit Gross, UNESCO Chair-holder, Education for Human Values, Tolerance and Peace, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Professor Alan Marcus, Associate Professor, NEAG School of Education, University of Connecticut, USA

Professor Armen T. Marsoobian, Professor of Philosophy, Southern Connecticut State University, USA

Ms. Nela Navarro, Director of Education & Lecturer, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention, Rutgers University, USA

Professor Amii Omara-Otunnu, UNESCO Chair-holder, Comparative Human Rights, University of Connecticut, USA

Professor Avinoam Patt, Associate Professor, Judaic Studies Department, University of Hartford , USA

Professor Fouzia Rhissassi, UNESCO Chair-holder, Women and Their Rights, Ibn Tofail University, Morocco

REGISTER HERE (Closed on May 8)