University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Holocaust Education in a Global Context Teacher Workshop, June 15-18

Holocaust Education in a Global Context Teacher Workshop, June 15-18

The genocide of the Jews during World War II has become a global reference point to raise awareness about state violence and human rights abuses. This summer institute will explore the opportunities and challenges of Holocaust education and memorialization in diverse cultural contexts, particularly in heterogeneous classrooms in which students have no connection with the history of the Jewish people and Nazi crimes.

Adam Blackler delivers a brief history of the Holocaust to our engaged group of workshop participants
The institute addresses the historical and sociological significance of the Holocaust in a comparative genocide framework (Native American, Armenian, Cambodian and Rwandan genocides) and provides hands on activities - with survivor testimony, literature, art and film - designed to help educators create activities and lessons accessible to all learners that they can incorporate into their classrooms.

Elizabeth Baer
Monday, June 15
8:30 - 9:00 -- Registration
 9:00 - 9:30 -- Introduction (Alejandro Baer)
9:30 - 12:00 -- Brief History of the Holocaust (Adam Blackler)
12:00 - 1:00 -- Lunch
1:00 - 3:30 -- The Crime of Genocide: Definition, Ambivalences, Implications (Alejandro Baer)

Group lunch at Middlebrook Hall
Tuesday, June 16
9:00 - 12:00 -- Colonial Genocides and the Holocaust: Continuities and Breaches (Elizabeth Baer)
12:00 - 1:00 -- Lunch
1:00 - 3:30 -- Global Holocaust Memory: Challenges and Opportunities (Alejandro Baer)
Field trip to Bdote Dakota site of Ft. Snelling State Park

Wednesday, June 17
9:00 - 12:00 -- Field Trip: Guided Tour of Bdote site, Ft. Snelling State Park (Sandra Geshick)
12:00 - 1:00 -- Lunch
1:00 - 3:30 -- Gender and Memory in the Holocaust (Elizabeth Baer)

Joe Eggers presented a robust set of resources by topic

Thursday, June 18
9:00 - 11:00 -- Presentation of Holocaust / Genocide education resources (Joe Eggers)
11:00 - 12:00 -- Teaching and Research with Audiovisual Testimonials (Susan Gangl)
12:00 - 1:00 -- Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 -- Presentation of Best Practices (participant-led)
3:00 - 3:30 -- Course Feedback and Follow-up

Thanks to everyone for a successful workshop and great learning experience!
Events made possible by the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.