Legacies of the Holocaust: Building a More Humane World with Dr. Ervin Staub

February 25, 2021
Rachel Shankman Symposium Keynote with Dr. Ervin Staub


Thursday, February 25
1:00 PM ET
12:00 PM CT
11:00 AM MT
10:00 AM PT

Legacies of the Holocaust: Building a More Humane World with Dr. Ervin Staub

Join us for a special keynote with Dr. Ervin Staub exploring the role of individuals and institutions in violence prevention. A Holocaust survivor, Dr. Staub is known for his work on helping behavior and altruism as well as the psychology of mass violence and genocide. He is the founder of the Ethical Policing Is Courageous (EPIC) Training Program and founding director of the UMass doctoral program on the Psychology of Peace and Violence. His talk is entitled Passive Bystanders in Genocide, Active Bystanders and Heroes, and Preventing Police Violence in the U.S.

Ervin Staub is originally from Hungary, received a Ph.D. at Stanford, taught at Harvard, and is Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the doctoral program in the Psychology of Peace and Violence at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is past president of the International Society for Political Psychology and of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence. His last two books are the award-winning Overcoming Evil: Genocide, Violent Conflict, and Terrorism (2011) and The Roots of Goodness and Resistance to Evil: Inclusive Caring, Moral Courage, Altruism Born of Suffering, Active Bystandership, and Heroism (2015). He engaged with varied real world projects, including work with teachers, schools, and parents to promote altruism in children; projects in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Congo to promote reconciliation; and in Amsterdam to promote positive Dutch-Muslim relations. He created a training for police to develop active bystandership by officers to stop other officers from doing unnecessary harm, which is now expanding around the country, and for students to stop harmful actions by fellow students. The program is now training 80 police departments in bystandership training, including over 36,000 officers in New York. For awards and downloads of articles, see https://people.umass.edu/estaub.

He will walk us through his work on violence prevention and the role we all share in addressing injustices in our communities. A brief Q&A will follow.

This event is presented by the Southeast Region of Facing History with generous support from the Memphis Jewish Federation.

Now in its seventh year, the Rachel Shankman Symposium is named for the founding director of Facing History and Ourselves in Memphis and is a tribute to her legacy to create a more inclusive and humane world. This gathering convenes teachers of our Holocaust and Human Behavior Elective and Facing History Middle School Exploratory Courses and engages them in professional development sessions designed to deepen their learning and enhance their pedagogical approach to teaching about the Holocaust.

Please contact Regan Adolph with any questions.

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