Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behaviour Seminar

Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behaviour Seminar

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Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behaviour Seminar

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In light of recent events in London and Manchester, and across the globe, we recognise that many teachers and students are searching for ways to understand and address these threats. It is now more important than ever to focus on nurturing and maintaining our democracy. Studying the Holocaust 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. This week long seminar- featuring the fully revised, printed edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior—teachers will:

  • Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behaviour, group dynamics, and bias
  • 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
  • Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
  • Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customised unit that meets your curriculum objectives
  • Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
  • Receive a free copy of Holocaust and Human Behavior 

This seminar is intended for History, RE, Citizenship and English teachers as well as other educators interested in this area. Independent evaluation has shown that implementing Facing History’s approach improves students’ higher-order thinking skills, increases students’ civic efficacy and engagement with civic matters, and increases students’ tolerance for others who hold contrary views from their own.

After this seminar 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

  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost


On Friday, 28th July at 1:15 pm, the last formal session of the seminar will go into detail about how to 'Choose to Participate' to create a more democratic society. The materials in this session will be taken from our new resource Nurturing and Maintaining Democracy. These materials will help teachers looking for a curriculum resource for the Prevent Agenda that does not seek to target any one demographic group, and which can be used to support a critical approach to British Values.

Participants are welcome to join us for lunch at 12.30, or to come for the whole day, which begins at 9 am. 

If you cannot attend the full seminar, but would like to attend on Friday, 28th July, please register and then email us at: [email protected]

Friends House
173-177 Euston Road
7.24.17 - 7.28.17
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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