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TEACHING THE PAST IN THE FUTURE: HOLOCAUST EDUCATION AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES

  • 13 Apr 2019
  • 10:00 AM
  • 14 Apr 2019
  • 1:00 PM
  • College of Education University of South Carolina 820 South Main St. Columbia, SC 29208

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TEACHING THE PAST IN THE FUTURE:
HOLOCAUST EDUCATION AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES

A Centropa Teachers’ Seminar

University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 
13-14 April 2019

Join us for our first-ever Centropa seminar bringing together German and South Carolina educators, where you will:

  • Discuss what we can learn from German educators about how the Holocaust is taught in Germany;
  • Hear from veteran Centropa teachers about how they successfully use Centropa’s personal stories in their classrooms;
  • Explore the question: can we effectively compare the Nuremberg laws and Jim Crow laws when teaching students?
  •  Listen to a panel of experts from Germany – a research assistant at the Dachau concentration camp, a professor from the Institute of History at Würzberg, Germany, and the Director of the Bavarian State Education Office – discuss what it’s like to deal with Germany’s past with students;
  •  Hear from a German teacher and his student about a traveling exhibition they created about children murdered in the Holocaust – and how it came to travel through Maryland;
  • Discover Centropa’s interview and photograph database, and short multimedia films, and find out how you can use them to teach civics, history, social studies, English language arts, foreign language, art, film, and photography; 
  • Learn about our upcoming  2019 Centropa Summer Academy in Berlin, 8-15 July, when we will bring 65 educators from 15 countries to tour, study, and collaborate together on projects.

Who we are: Centropa (www.centropa.org) is a Jewish historical institute based in the US and Europe. Our teams interviewed 1,200 elderly Jews living in 15 European countries—but we never used video, and we didn’t focus solely on the Holocaust. Instead, we asked them to tell us stories about the entire century as they lived it—and we scanned over 20,000 of their old family pictures. We bring history to life for students by making it personal.

Registration fee: $25  ~  Deadline for applying: Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions? Please contact Centropa’s US Education Director, Lauren Granite, at granite@centropa.org.

Particpants will receive 10 contact hours for recertification credit.

Agenda

Saturday, April 13
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and Introductions

10:30 – 11:00 Why we study history, by Anthony Ludwig, Charleston teacher who has been to Germany with Centropa

11:00 – 11:15 We screen The Ones I Lost, a 4 minute Centropa film. Ed Serotta describes Centropa: Where personal stories meet the enormity of history

11:15 -11:45 Teaching the Holocaust in Germany. A Bavarian perspective, by Robert Sigel

11:45 – 12:15 Teaching the Holocaust in South Carolina, by Charles Vaughan

12:15– 12:45 Discussion and Q & A

12:45 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 A teacher’s and student’s perspective: Daniel Hess teaches in the Friedrich-Rückert-Gymnasium. He and one of his students will tell us about their Forget Me Not project. Includes Q&A

2:00 – 2:30 Using personal stories in class We screen a film, Zahor, narrated by Eli, a 17-year-old Israeli living in Hoffenheim, where he is enrolled as a star football (soccer) player. He tells us the story of one family from Hoffenheim and what happened to them. (Eli narrates the film in English, German and in Hebrew).

2:30-3:00 Panel discussion: three SC Centropa teachers who were in Berlin will speak of what they got out of their Summer Academy experience.

3:00 – 3:30 Coffee break

3:30– 4:30 We screen a film that a teacher made with her students in which in one section the students read off the Nuremberg Laws. In the other, they read off Jim Crow Laws. We discuss: can one equate these two periods?

5:00 – 6:15 Dinner in Columbia

6:30 - 8:30 On coming to terms with the past. Dr. Stefanie Pilzweger-Steiner, Senior Research Advisor at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, and Professor Dr. Matthias Stickler, Scientific Director Institute of History, Julius-MaximiliansUniversity of Würzburg. They will speak of what it is like to deal with Germany’s past.

Sunday, April 14

9:30 – 10:30 When governments fail, civil society steps in: Sarajevo in the 1990s Survival in Sarajevo: Friendship in a Time of War tells how, when the city of Sarajevo was besieged, a small band of Holocaust survivors set up a nonsectarian humanitarian aid agency, which was run by Jews and Muslims, Serbian Orthodox and Croatian Catholics. Teachers speak of how they use this story in class.

10:30- 11:30 The Marketplace of Ideas. Three Centropa teachers stand in separate corners of the room and all the other teachers visit each of them for ten minutes each so the Centropa teachers can show the Centropabased lesson plan they use with their students. Follow up with discussion.

11:30 – 12:00 Jewish life in Germany today. Levi Ufferfilge, a teacher in the Munich Jewish school, will speak of Germany’s Jewish community today. In conversation with Edward Serotta

12:00 – 12:30 Three things every teacher needs to know about Centropa: how to use our database, where to find our Bullying Page, and where to find our multimedia films.

12:30 – 1:00 Wrap up, conclusions, end. 

Particpants will receive 10 contact hours for recertification credit.


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