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

Foundations for Genocide Studies (Vancouver)
British Columbia

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Event Fee:
350.00 CAD
Registration Fee:
50.00 CAD

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

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 edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior — teachers will:

  1. Learn current scholarship on 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 classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives

  5. Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully

  6. Discover additional resources for teaching about genocide (the development of the term Genocide; the charge of genocide and the Indian Residential Schools in Canada; responses to contemporary instances of genocide and mass violence)

  7. Take a tour of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre’s newly renovated space and see an exhibit.

  8. Be invited to a special evening talk with psychologist, scholar, and author of Not In My Family: Germany Responsibility After the Holocaust, Dr. Roger Frie, to explore the psychological and moral implications of memory against the backdrop of the Holocaust. (To accommodate this, the first day of the seminar we will be starting late morning and concluding after Dr Frie’s evening talk (7-8:30pm). Please plan accordingly.)


This workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers of history, literature and humanities. 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 workshop you will:

  1. 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, as well as ongoing support from Facing History and Ourselves program staff

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

This seminar is presented in partnership with the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.

Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Scholarships are available.  

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
50-950 W 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
7.10.18 - 7.12.18
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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