Facing History and Ourselves Summer Learning 2019

Foundations for Genocide Studies: Holocaust and Human Behaviour (Vancouver)

June 24 – 26, 2019


Register at www.facinghistory.org/Canada/Events


SFU Vancouver Campus (24-25th)

Harbour Centre

515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (26th)

50 – 950 West 41st Avenue,

Cost: $400

A limited number of Bursaries are available through the BCSSTA.  Details here: Facing History Conference Fund Application


In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the history of a genocide allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. In this three-day seminar, featuring the fully revised, digital classroom resource, Holocaust and Human Behaviour, teachers will:

  1. Learn current scholarship on genocide, the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics and bias
  2. Increase their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis
  3. Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
  4. Engage with and receive classroom-ready multimedia resources and interactive teaching strategies that help students develop historical thinking skills, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
  5. Experience integrated content learning through artifacts from the collection of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC)
  6. Listen to a testimony of and engage with a VHEC Holocaust Survivor Outreach Speaker

After this workshop you will become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia.  This seminar is co-sponsored by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, British Columbia Social Studies Teachers Association and the Department of Philosophy and Department of History at Simon Fraser University.

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