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  • Genocide Education Outreach from CHGS


    CHGS works with a number of graduate students who teach and research genocide from a variety of fields of study. We are connecting these emerging scholars with schools, community colleges, and community organizations that are seeking guest educators through our new initiative: 

    GEO (Genocide Education Outreach)

    MA graduate Joe Eggers visits a group of high school students

    Participating graduate students are able to bring their academic research to a wide audience providing specific resources and relevant, accessible, and positive learning experiences to students outside of the university. Last year, GEO presented topics including:

    - What is genocide? The development of the legal definition of genocide

    - Was the Holocaust inevitable? An introduction to the lead-up to WWII

    - Twentieth Century African Genocides

    - Genocide in the Media

    A high school class visits the CHGS Library and artifact collection
    Bring a graduate student to your class or community group! Or bring your class to CHGS to visit the library, learn from our graduate students, and see our artifact collection.

    Please contact Demetrios Vital, CHGS Outreach Coordinator, for questions and information.



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  • Summer Educator Workshop, June 20-23, 2016 -- Teaching about Genocide in Africa: Rwanda and Darfur

    June 20-23, 2016
    African Studies Initiative (ASI) Summer Educator Workshop
    "Teaching about Genocide in Africa: Rwanda and Darfur"
    sponsored by the Title VI grant


    CHGS was pleased to attend and help support this week-long seminar, sponsored by the African Studies Initiative Title VI grant. This institute was co-led by Wahutu Siguru, PhD Candidate in Sociology and former CHGS Badzin Fellow, and Nancy Ziemer, high school teacher, and developed out of last summer's "Holocaust in a Global Context" institute and the subsequent curriculum development project, which Ziemer helped lead. Taking this curriculum as a foundation, the institute took a comparative approach to the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur. 

    Participants gained content knowledge about the origin and legal ramifications of the term "genocide," and how various groups, such as the United Nations and the media, have addressed the two genocides. Each session included engaging activities that can be used in secondary and post-secondary classrooms. By the end of the seminar, participants gained a collection of materials for their classrooms, including resources, teaching methods, and teaching units.









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  • Recent CHGS exhibition at Wilson Library

    Displaced: The Semiotics of Identity 
    Special exhibit on display from April 27 through May 13, 2016

    "Syriana," Melissa Boric
    Untitled, from "Silence is Golden," Bette Mittelman
    "Herbert Fantle," Felix de la Concha
    Displaced: The Semiotics of Identity is an on-site installation and digital exhibition that invites contemplation on issues of displacement, survival, and identity. Displacement is a deeply personal experience, and yet one that is implicitly collective.

    The curators are students from the semester-long Department of Art workshop "Be the Curator: Curatorial Theory and Practice." Local art educators, curators, and artists helped guide the process of making a relevant and meaningful exhibition, which involved intensive group exploration of the value of artistic expression, how to establish a scope of artworks and objects that is inclusive and exclusive, and design an exhibition that is educational and engaging. 

    Co-sponsored by the University Libraries, the Center for Holocaust And Genocide Studies, and the Department of Art.
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